Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Bliss of Hand Piecing

Have you noticed lately that English Paper Piecing is having a resurgence?  Well, I love to baste over the papers, but hate to whip-stitch those pieces together!  I love hand piecing, so I thought why not just mark the pieces and stitch them together that way?  So a do-able hexagon project was devised and the ladies in the Corning area got first crack at it.

Today we spent learning something new, laughing lots and having a ton of fun while doing it!  

Here's a shot of my sweatshop class.  So serious, learning the ropes.  Attentive to every nuance of this blissful endeavor.  Oh, the things they learned--from why a shark does not immediately attack a raft loaded with people to choice of fabrics, threads, etc.

At the end of the day, the results.  Some are doing the traditional setting, some are doing a more random presentation.  I love both.  And the choice of fabrics makes each piece sing.  Several of these ladies were first-time hand stitchers; you couldn't tell it from their stitches--just wonderful.

What a fun day!  Thanks so much for inviting me!  I can't wait to see what these grow up to be!

Blissful hugs,


  1. Hi, and thanks for the hexagon link, very cool. What I really need is a link to imsosickofthishexxiequilt.blogspot. Ggrrrrrrr. Kate

  2. Oh Sharon I did a queen size Grandmother's Flower garden quilt just the way you are doing yours now way back in 1995 because I didn't want to cut out paper hexagons.... enjoyed making that quilt!



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