EPP Starflower Project : Change of Direction

When I first made EPP ( English Paper Piecing) Starflowers I had appliqued them in my Stars and Spools Quilt :

There is something about EPP that once you have done it, you want to do it again :)

So this year I thought to make the Starflowers with connectors but I had no clue what I was doing and found no tutorials online….most of what was online was people showing progress making some of these for a pillow, table runner, etc.

I got this far…

With a few more yet to attach….

Yet I was not enjoying the look of it nor the process of sewing them together with the connectors. And because I hand quilt, I was thinking that this would not be very enjoyable to quilt in the end, either.

So I changed direction. I decided that I’d still enjoy the EPP process of making the Starflowers but I’d applique them onto squares. Nine inch squares seems to work and I started on the first one today.

There are so many tiny little whip stitches in what I’d sewn together thus far that I will probably cut my losses and not attempt to undo them ; at least not now :)

We had snow showers all day yesterday and today was still chilly but a warm up is in the forecast for later on this week!

I hope and imagine that I am not the ONLY person that has abandoned or changed direction in a project ? Have any of you done the same ?

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Palm Sunday Weekend Quilting Projects and Slice of Life

My youngest was finally feeling a bit better after last weekend’s wreck  so on Saturday morning we picked up the rental and that evening he dropped Koopa off here for some Oma-time while he went out. He stayed over, which was nice.

Koopa is a blue nose pitbull.  While the fur on his body is wiry and normal feeling, his face, chin and ears are like velvet and when he stays over and sleeps with me, sometimes he’ll stretch out right next to me and put his head on my pillow and it is very easy to fall asleep just stroking those soft ears of his :)

An early morning shot of the sun and shadows playing off of Rose of Sharon in the quilting hoop:

During the week, I finished up another EPP Starflower in neutral shades ( It is the one below the black and gray starflower. )

I connected it to the others and then over the weekend I added on the purple and gold one that I’d worked on awhile ago.

On Sunday afternoon I visited with the grands, their cousins, my DIL and her twin for awhile. Here is a shot that my DIL’s twin posted on Facebook of her daughter and Scott and Tallica’s very big cat :)

If you are on Facebook, you’ll be familiar with the FB memories showing up. Just the other day this one had shown up. I’d gone down to the house a few years ago for something or other ( getting the kids off of the bus or letting their dog out or whatever ) and found Key in the sink. Cracked me up :)

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We had 6-7 inches of snow a few days ago. Temperatures have generally been in the low 20’s in the morning and going up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. Most of the snow has melted in the sunshine but there are many spots left…such as this, where my iris shoots were confused.  ” I thought that spring was here? ”  Uh…no, not yet :)

One more thing…if you have Netflix, have you watched “Anne with an E” yet ?  I thought to check it out last week, wondering if the grand girls would like it. It is an adaption of Anne of Green Gables. I loved it! If you like anything old-fashioned, you will too :)  I highly recommend it.

I probably won’t post again until after Easter…wishing you all a blessed Easter weekend :)

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