Hello English Paper Piecers,
This is the first day of my EPP diary where I want to record each of my EPP (and related) projects and note what I have discovered i.e. anything useful.
I decided I would like to try a Log Cabin design and make something very small and simple, a mini quilt about five and quarter inches square (13 cms) . I have a book called ’20 Little Amish Quilts’ on my bookshelf and one of the featured quilts is a simple log cabin.
I chose this because the book also has a very useful centre section of shapes that you can photocopy and cut out to serve as EPP templates. I photocopied the pages I needed for the right templates – K F U V and W – and made sure I had two of each shape.
Once I had all these cut out, I arranged them on my desk in the log cabin design. I numbered them so that I would get the order right when I started sewing. (In this photo I have mixed up 7 & 8. The numbering should be the other way around but the shapes are the same so it doesn’t really matter.)
After this I chose my fabric. I wanted to put a dog in the centre and call my quilt ‘Mr Pickles In the Cabin’, so I began with a fussy cut of a dog’s face and then chose colours to complement it: ochres and greys and blacks and whites. I chose a solid, a crosshatch, a chevron design, a spot and a scatter print of bones. I also fussy cut some paw prints to emphasise the doggy theme.
I used a low loft polyester wadding and a backing that wrapped around to the front, creating a frame with mitred edges.
This was my first try at quilting as the quilts I made in the past were either tied or unfinished, and, although it was easier than I thought it would be to sew through the layers, it was hard to keep the stitches straight and even in size. When I finished I felt my quilting stitches looked like tacking stitches, even though they were much smaller and coloured to match the ochre patches. Next time I will try smaller stitches and a more creative pattern to try to get away from this.
Here is the finished quilt before I add a hanger (and a tube on the back to support the hanger) and maybe some beads dangling from the bottom.
and here it is, all done. Ta da!