Nancy Adamek of Lina Patchwork came to Ouse Valley to give her very interesting talk on her journey into paper piecing. She mostly credits her mother for getting her interested in patchwork by refusing to make her a quilt when she was quite young. First this seemed to be quite sad, but in fact it turned out to be the very reason why she made her first quilt herself. It has resulted in her setting up her business cutting and selling paper pieces for EPP, English Paper Piecing. She showed us a huge amount of quilts she had made and indeed is still experimenting with the myriad of ways the pieces can be put together.
The workshop, Patchwork of the Crosses was very well attended and was a very happy crowd, suitable for beginners and the more able alike. First we were given the worksheet and a pack of cut papers, enough for 4 blocks we were told, oh how we love a gift! The cutting was very simple, we could use jelly rolls or cut 2 ½” strips, place the honeycomb shape diagonally and cut adding ¼” all round. What could be simpler! We could cut random pieces or fussy cut. As I have drawers full of holey fabric from making my millefiore quilt I am doing random , no more fussy cutting for me. We soon had enough pieces cut and tacked and could now experiment with the layout. Using four colours meant we could get four different layouts. We could of course use any amount of colours depending on the effect we wanted to achieve. Throughout the day Nancy would intervene with all sorts of hints and tips. Even if you thought you knew everything about EPP there were lots of new things to learn. Altogether a very enjoyable day.
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