Saturday, 7 May 2016

May Sewing Challenge - Try Something New

My sewing prompt for May is "Try Something New". I have a couple of things in mind for this. The first is English Paper Piecing. I've seen many examples of it; some of it I like, some not so much, but it does seem to have many possibilities to be creative. One of the main reasons that I've avoided it is because of how fiddly it looks, but I thought a small cushion cover would be a manageable project.

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The second is crazy quilting.  Again this is something I've seen around a lot but I'm not quite sure that I like. However it does look like with the various layouts and fabric, colour, stitch and embellishment choices the ability to put your own stamp on things is pretty much infinite.  I did find this example on Pinterest which I think is very pretty.

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Both of these projects are fairly outside of my comfort zone so would be worth trying to help develop both my stitching and design skills. I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to try them both, but I'll give it a good try.


  1. You have found infpiration for two great projects. They are quite different though. The English Paper Piecing calls for accuracy and patience, is repetitive which could mean boring or meditative. Crazy quilting on the other hand is freedom itself, you can do anything you like, there are no rules and as soon as you find something boring or repetitive just change to another stitch, another seam to decorate, another bead to add....
    Whatever, have fun.
    ps. if you want to try both, just to see, why not make a small pin cushion of each?

  2. Best of luck with the paper piecing will be interesting to see how you do it is a technique I have yet to learn. I love crazy patchwork as it uses embroidery as well as patchwork and embroidery was my first love before I discovered quilting etc

  3. I love the crazy patch worked cushion...


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