Monday, 10 August 2015

Design Your Own EPP Hexie Cushion

After a few enquiries I've put together some packs of pre-cut hexie templates and fun modern fabric combos allowing people to dive straight in without the prep and give 'EPP' (English Paper Piecing) a try so I thought I'd better share a few ideas for using them.

Enter idea #1 your own hexie cushion front. I hesitate to call it a tutorial as it's laughably simple.
  1. Download and print some hexagon grid paper (doesn't need to be to scale it's just a guide). I found mine here at 'Printable Paper'.
  2. Grab some colouring pencils and get creative!
I started by measuring my templates (not the fabric as these have seam allowance!) and drawing an outline using the number needed horizontally and vertically to yield a square 1" bigger than my cushion pad. The rest is up to you! I went for a simple modern geometric style design picking out colours from our bedroom.

Once the front has been pieced (hexie piecing tutorial here) the fabric templates can be removed. I like to carefully slide the arm of my paper scissors behind the template and wiggle it free leaving the basting stitches in place to help control the many tiny seam allowances.

 I layered my cushion front with wadding and fabric backing and quilted the outline of the gold and blush shapes using a coordinating thread. It creates a great texture.

If you want to keep it simple you can make it up with an envelope back but my preference is a zip so I made it up to match my 'Bark and Branch' cushion with a clean covered zip.

I've said it before but the main draw for me with EPP is it's portability (if that's a word?). I've been stitching away in front of the TV, on the train, at 'The Duchess' and most recently in the back of Steph's car on the way home from the NEC Quilt Show.

Hand sewing on the train.
Last few stitches returning from Birmingham.
I thoroughly enjoy it and the bug seems to be catching! There are a few kits available via the facebook page, and  Make & Do for locals if you fancy giving it a try. I'm already planning my next one!

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