Are y’all ready to paaaaarty? [insert loud screaming from the crowd] To say that Pat and I are super duper stoked about this EPP Party is the understatement of the century because what we have planned for you is going to blow your minds! Every other week, we will provide you with a new 12″ English Paper Piecing block and template that will all go together as a 48″ x 48″ quilt in the end.
I know the math isn’t right but that’s because there’s a surprise in the end.
We’re also going to provide you with videos and tips to help you on your journey. To keep things simple, we have streamlined how and where you get your resources. While both of us will provide pictures and tips specific to our journey with each block on our sites, you will need to go to Pat Bravo’s blog for the blocks and templates and come here for videos tips.
If you’d prefer to purchase precut shapes, you can buy all the shapes for the first six blocks at Paper Pieces.
For the first “block,” we had no choice but to start with the most popular shape in English Paper Piecing (the hexagon) and have appropriately named the first block Hexie’s Madness. While we have provided a template for you, if you prefer to use precuts, this block uses 1″ hexagons.
Since Pat Bravo’s Dare was my very first collection that drew me to Art Gallery Fabrics, it seemed perfect to use these fabrics for the EPP Party. And in this block, I’m using all 20 of them! Now since this block is totally scrappy, I didn’t do any fussy cutting or planning with the layout. I wanted this to be a totally random experience because I find the projects where you don’t have to think too much really liberating. However, I was very methodical in the way I pieced them together. Similar to the diagram in the template instructions, I stitched my blocks into sections of six hexagons. However, I also needed two five-piece and one four-piece sections.
Next I stitched them into three columns and then stitched those columns into the finished block.
I have found that by increasing the size of EPP projects in this manner makes it a lot more manageable than continuing to add one piece at a time to a single piece.
And check out these amazing Hexies Madness blocks made during the Party.
Pat and I have cooked up some yummy videos with tips and tricks that we have learned on our English Paper Piecing journeys. To view each video, click on the image and enjoy.
Also, Karen Tripp, the sponsor of this block’s prize and English Paper Piecing genius, has a video on a flat back stitch. So so good.
Now you can’t have an epic party without epic prizes, right? To be eligible, you need to be working on one of the blocks from the EPP Party and use the hashtag #EPPParty on Instagram as you post progress pictures. That’s it. The prize during this two-week period is definitely EPIC:
- A full Mischief Kit which includes 4 Unique Clear Acrylic Templates (1/4″ seam allowance, solid style, marking holes) and 14 Page Printed Pattern Booklet (with coloring pages)
- 24 Fat Quarter Bundle of Pat Bravo fabrics
Here’s my version of the Mischief Kit so you can see how rad it is. Also no this is not part of the prize.
So yaaaaay! There you have it. The EPP Party with Pat Bravo and Mister Domestic is officially under way. If you have any questions or comments or tips to share, please feel free to comment on either of our blogs and we’ll get back to you. We definitely want this to be a community experience so don’t be shy.