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hexagon grapes mini quilt

By Hatun Comak → Sunday, February 27, 2022

 

As a hexagon fan, it is always exciting to try new patterns. Besides certain patterns I also enjoy making fruits with hexagons. I made hexagon pineapples before and this time give a try to grapes. I think I will be continuing with different fruits. Here you can see hexagon grapes.

1/3 half inch hexagons make a bunch of grapes. Hexagon grapes are made with english paper piecing. Half inch hexagons are free to download. Once you have the templates, prepare your hexagons by english paper piecing method and sew the hexagons together.  13 purple hexagon  for the grapes and two jewels for the leaves are needed. If you are new to english paper piecing, this english paper piecing tutorial may be helpful.

I used different shades of purple. Arrange the hexagons as a bunch of grapes. Join them together in rows and then sew the rows. Then add two pieces of jewels to make the leaves. 



Press with iron and remove the basting thread and the papers. It is always a good idea to press before and also after removing the papers. It helps keep the shapes. 



Now it is ready for applique. Place the grapes on the fabric and pin it in place. In this step you may baste it or not. It is up to you. I always baste the pattern on the fabric and then start applique.


The last step is quilting it. I haven't finished quilting it yet, too impatient to share. 

I hope you enjoy it.


english paper piecing plus quilt

By Hatun Comak → Saturday, February 19, 2022

English paper piecing plus quilt 

Another quilt pattern which has many many variations and techniques to make, when you google it, you can see what I mean, is the plus quilt. The beauty of quilting is the endless options that you have. There are various versions of the plus quilt and they are all appealing to me. The plus quilt can be made either by traditional paper piecing methods; cutting on a cutting mat, sewing with a sewing machine or by english paper piecing.

It's been long time since I've made EPP except hexagons. I  like  making quilt blocks, english paper piecing and foundation paper piecing. From time to time I use all of these techniques, and now it is time for english paper piecing.

As I have mentioned before, there are various methods to make plus quilt. In one technique for the  plus quilt, the plus is formed with a rectangle and two squares. Rectangle is for the cross piece and squares are for the top and bottom. Another method for making plus quilt is by using five squares. English paper piecing plus quilt requires four house-like shapes to make the plus. I couldn't find a ready template, so I drew it on my own. I share my template in three different sizes here so that you  can download it for free, print it on cardstock and use it!

DOWNLOAD PLUS TEMPLATE

If you know about english paper piecing, you won't need much information on how to make the plus quilt. But if you a a very beginner, my ENGLISH PAPER PIECING TUTORIAL absolutely will be helpful in order to learn english paper piecing method in a detailed way.



Once you cut templates and baste fabric, you sew the four pieces together to make the plus. Before you join the pluses, lay them out to see if they fit both in size and color. The right color combinations make a perfect look. It also seems like a puzzle. 



I started the plus quilt without any plans on mind, I just like how it looks and these days I like working with EPP method. I like EPP projects, I find them easier to make and funnier. The best thing is they are portable; you can take them wherever you go. Yes, the process is slow but I have no hurry.



I will be dealing with plus quilt besides some other projects. This plus quilt will probably turn into a baby quilt and be gifted. I do not know yet, we'll see.





valentine's day sewing projects

By Hatun Comak → Friday, February 4, 2022

Valentine's day sewing projects

Special days are more special for quilt lovers. The first thing in mind for the upcoming special day is "Well, which quilt should I make this time?" At least true for me. This time Valentine's day is coming and the same question is in my mind; thinking of which of these lovely quilts to make, what pattern to try this time. I especially enjoy Valentine's quilts. Even googling and looking at these lovely quilts with Valentine colors are quite satisfying. 

There are so many Valentine sewing and quilting ideas out there. I want to make a list of favourite ideas for Valentine quilts and sewing projects for the year of 2022. Some of these are my works with free templates and tutorials and some others are the works of other quilters that I like them pretty much and thinking of making them.



Whether you make Valentine sewing / quilting for yourself or for your beloved ones as gifts, it is certain that you will enjoy the process. 

So here we go:


This Heart Shape Cushion was made years ago. I preferred purple, lila, pink in different shades. I appliqued the hearts into squares and sew the squares together. It is quite simple and quick to make.



Valentine's Day Mug Rug is also quick to make and great as gifts. Foundation paper piecing technique is used to make the hearts. You can get the free downloadable pattern in the link.



I proudly present one of my unfinished projects; English Paper Piecing Hearts. These hearts are made some time ago and have been waiting to be completed. These hearts made by english paper piecing technique are cute and planned to turn into them a table runner.




Heart Mini Quilt Pattern by Sassafras Lane Designs is so cute. There is a also  tutorial in the link.



Bursting Heart Pillow by Blue Susan is absolutely on my to-do list.



Quilted Hearts by The Crafty Quilter can be displayed any time of the year. They are lovely!



Lovestruck Heart Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew is another Valentine themed heart quilt with free tutorial. It is already on my to-do list. You'll love it.