I have a new love with my sewing and quilting: English Paper Piecing. This has been a technique I have been holding out on trying for some time, maybe even stubborn is a better way to put it. Well Diane Gilleland has made me a convert.
She has a new book out, All Points Patchwork, that is a wonderful guide to get you started. Think resource book on a technique instead of a book of projects. Diane made a call out for those to participate in a blog hop showcasing projects inspired by the book.
We are currently revamping our bedroom and making it reflect our style a bit more. Right now we are struggling with paint color selection. We have tried four samples to get just the right color. You may remember my Lotta Jansdotter Echo quilt from earlier this year for myself. I saved every scrap and decided I should make some curtains to tie the room together. Borders were an option for the blog hop and I thought it would be a good small project to work on my EPP skills.
Instead of hexies I opted to create with diamonds. Diamonds are a good twist from the squares on the background of the curtains and quilt blocks. They are just as easy as well. Most of the piecing was done on our recent roadtrip to New York.
Normally I just get input from hubby on projects, but this time I had a few of our friends to give some input. At first I was thinking a more scrappy border on each side. They suggested keeping it mirror image and I’m so happy I did.
The curtain is made from Carolyn Friedlander Doe 60″ wide print. I adore the the gray diamonds in the print and the fabric is unbelievably soft. While I could have cut the selvadge off the curtains, I think it’s a nice touch and a little different.
Light gray thread was used to applique the border onto the curtains. For positioning I thought the top would be best. At the bottom it could get lost in all our pillows. Plus, the room is going to be painted an almost navy so this will be a nice contrast and draw your eye up.
These new addition to our bedroom are currently hanging up and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. Can’t wait to tie the whole room together in the next few months.
Clover is hosting a giveaway to help you build get all the tools you need to EPP. For this round they are offering Applique Pins. Leave your entries below. International entries are encouraged. Giveaway ends Sunday August 9th at 12pm.
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See what other have created with borders this week as part of the blog hop.