Learn How to EPP Book Blog Hop

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Fellow quilt blogger Carolina Moore from Always Expect Moore is celebrating her newest book launch with a blog hop! "Learn How to English Paper Piece" is available exclusively from Nancy's Notions. Nancy's Notions sent me a copy of the book, and I'm excited to share with you the project I made!

EPP hexie placemats

The book includes ten beginner-friendly EPP projects that are perfect for getting your feet wet. The projects are all made from simple shapes and do NOT require 27,000 pieces or 43,000 hours to make. Huge bonuses to me!!

Learn How to EPP by Carolina Moore and Nancy's Notions

I *really* wanted to make the pillowcase dresses (aren't they so adorable?!?), but I'm a boy mom and all my friends have boys too! So I opted to make a pair of the hexie placemats instead. I already know who I'm gifting them too!

Learn How to EPP by Carolina Moore and Nancy's Notions

The placemats use 1 1/2" hexies, but I've only ever made 1" hexies. So I had to start by making some cardstock templates (I totally recommend buying them premade like the ones here). My Cricut makes quick and accurate work of this step though too! The larger hexie size was perfect for the 3 1/2" charm pack of Coney Island by Fig Tree & Co. by Moda that I had in my stash too!

EPP hexie placemats in the book "Learn How to English Paper Piece"

I whipped up the hexies using Aurifil 80wt thread #2600 Dove one night after my kids' bedtime (my new favorite time to work!). I like to thread baste my hexies (here's a great video tutorial). The next night, I stitched the hexies together into rows for the placemats.

EPP hexies in Coney Island fabrics by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda
EPP hexies in Coney Island fabrics by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda

I chose a bright spring green solid and a warm buttery yellow solid from my stash (brand unknown) for the placemat front and back. I pin basted with scraps of Warm & Natural batting.

EPP hexies in Coney Island fabrics by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda
EPP hexies in Coney Island fabrics by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda

I put 50wt Aurifil #2105 Champagne on my bobbin, but then knew I wouldn't have enough left on the spool to also use it as my top thread. So I used 50wt Aurifil #2125 Wheat for that.

Aurifil thread in Champagne and Wheat

Using my walking foot, I stitched the hexies down, adding some quilting at the same time.

Walking foot applique and quilting

Then I used my hera marker to mark diagonal lines on the solid fabric, using the sides of the hexies as a guide.

Using a Hera marker to mark quilting lines

I had a bit of help from the now five month old (!) for the quilting!

Walking foot quilting

I finished by machine stitching on the binding (tutorial here). I use the same method for all my bindings, but machine binding is especially good for these, as they are likely to be washed lots of times.

Maching binding

The placemats turned out really well! I love how springy they feel! I know the recipients will enjoy using them, and I'm confident they'll last for many washings.

EPP placemats
EPP placemats
EPP placemats
EPP placemats

If you've been wanting to try EPP, now's a great time! You know I'm a huge fan of trying new things, and this new book is a fantastic resource for doing just that! Be sure to get a copy of "Learn How to English Paper Piece," and you'll be a slow stitching wizard in no time!

Be sure to visit the other bloggers on the book hop too! It's so fun to see what others chose to make!

Friday, January 25th
Carolina from Always Expect Moore

Saturday, January 26th
Linda from Linda B Creative and Havalah from Sisters, What

Sunday, January 27th
Teresa from Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under and Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Monday, January 28th
Jen from Faith and Fabric and Alicia from Sew What Alicia

Tuesday, January 29th
Sherry from Powered by Quilting and Marie from Underground Crafter

Wednesday, January 30th
Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs and Melody from Two Maker Chicks

Thursday, January 31st
Ali from Home Crafts by Ali and Sarah from Quilted Diary

Friday, February 1st
Bobbie from the Geeky Bobbin and Gemia from Phat Quarters

Saturday, February 2nd
Beth from Garland Girl Quilts and Bobbi from Snowy Days Quilting

Sunday, February 3rd
Kirsty from Bonjour Quilts and Simone from Charmed Life Quilting

Monday, February 4th
Aimee from Things Small and Simple and Mathew from Mister Domestic

Tuesday, February 5th
Kathy from Kathy’s kwilts and more and Kim from Stitched in Purple

Wednesday, February 6th
Audrey from the Cloth Parcel and Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

Thursday, February 7th
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts (that's me!) and Lauren from Molly and Mama

Friday, February 8th
Sarah from Saroy and Stephanie from Swoodson Says

Learn How to EPP by Carolina Moore and Nancy's Notions

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  1. The placements look great. This looks like an awesome book.

  2. What fun placemats, and knowing who they will be gifted to is exciting, too.

  3. I love your placemats and those pillowcase dresses are so adorable! I'd love to make one, I don't think my teen boys would be interested, lol :)


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