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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Quilting Projects, Food & A Movie

I had all of the grandkids here on Saturday morning while my son worked and the DIL went to a Bible Study. While it is a few years old, this was a new-to-Amazon movie that showed up and since it had great reviews I selected it for us to watch:


While most children’s movies don’t hold my interest and I wander off to do something else, this one did. It is as interesting for an adult as for a child, as long as the child is at least 6 years old and up. Great story line, ( mystery & adventure ) wonderful acting, and amazing cinematography.

So if you have Amazon Prime, children or grandchildren, I would recommend this one as a keeper.  You don’t even need children, lol…it was that intriguing :)  

In the afternoon, they were off to a fund-raiser and Tallica sent a photo of Javis to me with some Syrian bread. Thankfully they brought a loaf back for me! Yesterday the  youngest son stopped by with some sweets from a bakery and we split a tart and some macaroons. Not doing too badly here in the way of treats :)

I make  Syrian bread from time to time and will include the link to two recipes at the end of the post :) Of course it is always better when someone else baked it and no work involved on my end!

As to quilting projects for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts  I have several to choose from. It’s been ages since I worked on my Flower Basket Medallion ( details in the last post HERE )

I did manage to sew the stems down on the 4th border enough for placement, and sew the stems down completely on the 3rd border. A bit of progress in the way of circles and leaves thus far :

I have the other bird and a few leaves prepped and two or three more circles prepped for sewing and then it will be back to the freezer paper, starch and the ironing board for more once I get those appliqued on.

I truly think that there is more time spent in prep work for applique than the actual sewing time.

A nice bit of progress this week in regards to hand quilting on the Rose of Sharon:

From another angle to show progress : I finished up the bottom corner of one fan section and then marked another and started that one. I am using the fan stencil from Fun With Barb.

As to weather…like many of you, snow again!

What is crazy is that between the snow melt and constant rain, my backyard is full of high spring grass out of control and needing mowed!  Yet yesterday, it was too wet ( and chilly) to tackle and then I woke to snow this morning.

At some point, there will be a dry spell and time to work outside and less time for sewing inside but until then…I’ll just keep on with these quilting projects as time permits :)

I’d like to get this latest star flower finished up on Sunday :

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