HQAL All Neat and Tidy and Ready to Sew

I have really been enjoying my English Paper Piecing. The enthusiasm is going strong, so full steam ahead! I am pleased to say that I have all of my colored pieces covered and ready to sew. Yea!!

Aren’t these just beautiful?!! There are 900 covered little pieces there phew! It really wasn’t hard though.

I used the template included in the Quatro Color Pattern for the fabric and then cut fusible interfacing the EXACT size of the inside piece. I ironed it to the back of the fabric and glued it down like this –

The interfacing is firm but not stiff. I will not need to remove it like I will the paper.

That is not to say I did not use paper because I did. I just didn’t have enough. Using the paper required sewing around the corners without going through the paper

That wasn’t hard either. Both ways are nice . I do believe the paper is a tiny bit more exact, but it’s all good to me:).

I have already sewn a few of my Quatro flowers together. Aren’t they sew cute?!

Those points are sew easy to match perfectly. The tiny stitches just disappear away.

Next, I gathered my supplies and bags and started putting them in groups.

When I say groups, I mean little bags with one easy to grab flower for an easy sew wherever I may be.

These little bags are perfect and fit nicely in my coat pocket. I placed them all inside a larger bag for convenient travel in my backpack

That’s not all of them, but it is plenty for me to take with me on my next trip . I will be traveling to New York and Maine this next week and I absolutely can not waste that precious travel time on the plane. Airplane time is stitch time and I LOVE it:)!

As you can see, I am having a lot of fun with my new stitch project. I wonder what the other hand quilters are doing? I hope you will head on over and see all of their great band work too.

Kathy, MargaretEmmaTracyDeb, 

Susan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy.

I hope you have a wonderfully SWEET rest of your day!!

33 thoughts on “HQAL All Neat and Tidy and Ready to Sew

    1. Hi Robin! Yes— that is the down fall of the interfacing. I have come very very close, but there are definitely a few that are a smidge off. AND it is a bit longer to have to actually cut them and then iron them… so the papers are a bit easier in the long run:)


  1. Beautiful. Love the flowers, look forward to seeing how you put them in a quilt. I started an epp project last year, 158 hexie flowers done so far,, but not sure on my final layout and border yet.


  2. Do you have airplane-safe scissors for cutting your thread? I have lost several tiny pairs due to over-anxious airline security staff, and now have tiny Japanese snips with blunt ‘blades’ about 1/4 inch long which everyone is happy with. How frustrating it would be to have all those lovely batches of EPP along and no way to sew them…

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    1. Hi Kate! I have a pair of fingernail clippers that snip that little thread so easily. I have everything in a little box including a set of extra needles and my wonderfill thread. — I agree, it would be awful to not be on the plane and not to be able to actually sew! Fingernail
      Clippers save the day:). 😊❤️

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  3. oh I love your project. That quilt is going to be gorgeous! And isnt hand sewing those EPP pieces soothing. I did some as well and I really enjoyed the process. I al also an avid hand quilter, so how do I find out more and how do I find Kathy? 😀

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  4. Tracy, all this prep work is going to speed this project along much faster than doing it as you go. I love your snack bag approach, a perfect solution to taking them with you where ever, and having everything you need accessible in a small space. Can’t wait to see the results of the plane rides!

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  5. TRACY!!! 900 flippin’ pieces. Holy moly, girl. I am so happy and glad to read that you are enjoying this process so much. That is just a joy that comes through in your words, and you cannot help but smile for you. Woot woot! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  6. Marissa wrote “color feast” and I totally agree – seeing your page and the colors it was a visual spectacular event. There’s a lot of pieces for sure and you have it organized perfectly Tracy. I use plastic bags too – easy to see and compact for carrying. Love seeing this all come together 🙂 Sharon


  7. That stash of fabrics are yummy! And so many EPP pieces! I have an ongoing EPP project so I will sort of be sewing along too (I am not as dedicated as you, I only pull my project every month or so – ha!)
    I like the little bag idea to transport the projects.

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