Thursday, October 9, 2014

English Paper Piecing + A Little Giveaway

One of my favorite, if not thee favorite, projects I have ever worked on is my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
Just this weekend, I hit a milestone... 
I've spent 2 years (so far) working on it. 
I've clocked hundreds and hundreds of hours, thousands of stitches, and so far it is 31 flowers strong.
It's the perfect take along project! I've lost count of the states and countries this little quilt has traveled to.  I'm only halfway finished, but I have enjoyed every moment of it.  For me, there is just something about doing every single inch of a quilt by hand! I love it! 
I shared a little bit last year about my hexie-ing process in this post in case you are interested in seeing my method for English Paper Piecing.


 I am using 1 1/2 inch hexagons and I use pre-cut papers for my piecing. I get my pieces at PaperPieces.com. I also use their acrylic cutting template that allows me to fussy cut fabrics, and adds the seam allowance as well- so every hexagon I cut is exactly the right size. AMAZING! 
I would never attempt to cut my own shapes because:
1- I would be worried that the papers I cut would not be completely uniform.
and
2- I am making such a large quilt that I would have to cut over a thousand hexagons! AHH!

In case you are wondering, I reuse my pieces a few times before I have to toss them. I ordered the large pack of hexagons when I started this quilt and have added a small pack here or there to replace bent papers- but worth every penny! These papers are a lifesaver, and for me- a must! 

So far I have only done hexagons, but I have some clamshell and diamond papers that are just begging to be made into some mini quilts for my studio wall! Plus- I am dying to jump on the bandwagon and make a La Passacaglia quilt. Ahh!! So many things on my to-do list!!
Now for the fun part... A little giveaway!

Paper Pieces is going to give one lucky reader a $15 gift certificate to their shop!
So whether you are a seasoned English Paper Piecer, or looking to dip your feet into it (and become addicted like I am)- this is the perfect time to see what they offer!  And as an added bonus- they have generously offered 20% off to all MommyByDayCrafterByNight readers! Score!!
Just add the Voucher Code: DayNight20
at checkout (don't forget to hit the 'OK") for 20% off your entire cart!  Expires October 31st, 2014

To enter the giveaway, just stop by PaperPieces.com, take a look around, and then come back here and leave a comment with what you would choose if you won the giveaway!  (your choice will in no way effect the outcome of the giveaway)

Easy right?! Just be sure to include your email address so that I can notify you if you are the lucky winner! 

One person will be selected at random and announced on my blog next Friday.


And as an added bonus- they have generously offered 20% off to all Mommy By Day Crafter By Night readers for any orders! Score!!
Just add the Voucher Code: DayNight20
at checkout (don't forget to hit the 'OK') for 20% off your entire cart!  Expires October 31st, 2014

P.S. Be sure to stay in up to date with all of the PaperPieces.com sales, discounts, and free patterns offered throughout the year by signing up for their newlsetter- or you can follow them on Facebook too!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED

78 comments:

  1. I would get some hexie papers in a variety of sizes. Right now I am making a coin purse with half inch hexies.
    gussek at hotmail dot com

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  2. WHOA! I was going to comment just because I'm mind blown at how much work you've already put into this beauty. I think I would get some 3/4" hexies. I love PaperPieces.com!

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  3. I love Paper Pieces! I would buy some more 1 1/2 inch hexies. I've been working on my project for over a year now. I'm using 30's repros. Your flowers are gorgeous.

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  4. I would purchase some notions - needles in particular as my supply is low. Love your project.

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  5. I've been wanting to start paper piecing...love the hexies!!! So I would get a large pack of hexies for charm squares.

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  6. your quilt is beautiful! I started a grandmothers flower garden quilt last year and work on it here and there in my spare time... so time consuming but it makes me so happy when I complete a flower : ) I would love to get back to it... I would purchase the hexie papers because as of right now, the ones I've been using are getting a little worn out... thanks for the chance! oopsiemaizie at yahoo dot com

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  7. I'd definitely get hexagons. I do have some from them in a couple of sizes but I want to make a grandmother's flower garden quilt like the one my grandma made and need a different size than what I have. Your quilt is looking great!

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  8. One of the Christmas ornament kits!

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  9. Love Paper Pieces. I would order a stash of multiple sizes to have on hand.

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  10. I would order papers, clips and acrylic templates! Love my hexies.
    Ps. I hope 2 posts don't show up.

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  11. I want some papers in different shapes! Your quilt is beautiful so far! lisamcgriff @ Hotmail . com

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  12. I've been thinking about trying out hexies, so the template and papers would be amazing.

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  13. Your quilt top looks so cute! I've been thinking about trying hexagons. I absolutely love the look!

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  14. I need some acrylic templates and some small hexagon papers. And some other shapes. And some pattern books.

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  15. Love your quilt Ashley (and everything you do)! I would buy one of the acrylic templates and some paper pieces. I have cut my own before, but would love to have "perfect" ones.
    satterfieldfamily@sbcglobal.net

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  16. I am just learning how to EPP. I would LOVE some 60 degree diamond papers and some new needles. Thanks!

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  17. Hi there! I have done hexies for years. Everyone used to say I was nuts. Oh well. Maybe I am!
    I would choose 1" hexagons as those are my favourite ; )

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  18. This is so beautiful! I can't wait for you to finish. It's going to be something you keep forever!

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  19. Definitely the 1" Honeycombs! I love the Patchwork of the Cross block you can make with them!

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  20. Chrysanthemum or Dresden. Love them so. Definitely on my quilty bucket list.

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  21. I love paper pieces! I would probably purchase some extra needles and Vicky's second book paper piecing #2

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  22. I love the company Paper Pieces.com. I have completed almost all of their projects. I am currently working on Patchwork of the Cross blocks and will probably need more elongated hexagons. I also purchased the acrylic template and OH My it makes cutting the fabric much easier.

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  23. I would get some 3/4 inch hexies. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  24. I NEED an acrylic apple core template! Thanks for sharing this site with us! And your quilt is coming along BEAUTIFULLY! I love your color palates!

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  25. I just love English Paper Piecing....wow that quilt you are making is beautiful....I love the colours you are using. I think 1 1/2 inch hexies are lovely.

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  26. That will be a beautiful quilt! A larger hexie pattern would be my choice, maybe 2" or 4". abolin17@gmail.com

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  27. Your quilt is beautiful! just think of all the love and memories you have wrapped up in it already! I like the Handfuls Of Scraps book.

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  28. I would go with the text fabric. Love yours in the quilt. Thanks for the chance.

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  29. I would buy the Quilting on the Go Book.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  30. I would buy the starter pack for the La Passcaglia quilt- love what I have seen on the internet.

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  31. I would buy a double wedding ring kit. Love your hexies!

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  32. I would choose Caryl Bryer's Illusion pattern.

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  34. I looked around and when I stumbled upon this fabric I fell in love :-) . I very well may forgo the paper piecing products and grab a yard of this beauty: Splash GLACIER LILY.

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  35. I would get the Chrysanthemum Plates and make a small quil wall hanging
    cooladam1 at live dot com

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  36. I would by some fabric! nnonaihr@hotmail.co.uk

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  37. I like the Naughts and Crosses pattern designed for the Downton Abbey fabrics.

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  38. I've never done ANY hexies, so I'd start by getting the basics. That would be AWESOME!!!

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  39. I haven't done any English Paper piecing but would love to try, I would buy different shaped templates to play with.

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  40. I love the Clam Shells - looks like an easier way to do orange peels than hand cutting to me!!!

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  41. I would like a 2" hexagon and some papers

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  42. I would like any size Acrylic Fabric Cutting Template With 3/8" Seam Allowance. Clam shell templates
    and of course paper:) I have a short lesson in paper piecing from a quilter friend and yes, it's addictive.
    Love your Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt and congrats on the two year point w/31 flowers..it's just beautiful:)

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  43. I would purchase several sizes of their plastic templates.

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  44. Wow!!! So much to choose from, I lov your quilt so I'd probably want some of those, but I'd also like the double star!!!!

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  45. I really need some more hexagon 1" papers! I haven't finished the quilt I'm working on, but I'm getting there! Thanks so much!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  46. I would buy more things for Lucy Boston Quilt. I haven't opened my box of supplies from Paper Piecing. I was introduced in August to paper piecing by Bonnie Hunter on a trip to England. Paper Piecing graciously gave her some small kits for us. I'm hand piecing (not EPP) a Grandmother's Flower Garden. My mother had pieced and hand quilted one for me and it was stolen before I ever put it on my bed. The silver lining is that among my mother's things I found a few more flowers she had made that I will incorporate in my quilt. I'm using Kathleen Ackley's (By Kate) stamp for my quilt. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. You are braver than I am - I'm waiting until all my flowers are finished to try to get a layout. Amazing work you have done.

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  47. I am new to this so I would definitely have to start with the basics! Your quilt is beautiful, it gives off such a warm comforting feeling! Sarahapete12@yahoo.com

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  48. I would use a gift certificate toward some hexie papers and template. iamhollyb at hotmail.com

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  49. I would order honeycomb papers as I want to start patchwork if the crosses! I am currently working on 3/4" Hexies for a tabletop per and 1" Hexies for a Christmas table runner!

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  50. I would love some hexie papers .

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  51. I'm just starting with paper piecing and I'm loving it. If I win I'd choose the Acrylic Fabric Cutting Template 5/16" Hexagon, 5/16" Hexagons Small Pack 200 Pieces and John James Needles #9 STRAW.
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  52. I've done very little paper piecing. But, id love to get my hands on some 2" papers and practice some more. Thanks for the chance

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  53. I'd get some hexie papers and acrylic template. Your quilt looks great!

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  54. I would LOVE to buy some clover clips! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  55. This is an art that has intimidated me for a long time! So if I win, I will get some papers and dive right into hexie making!

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  56. I'd put that toward the Winding Rose pack - awesome!

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  57. Forgot to tell you how beautiful your hexie quilt is becoming - love it! mountainquiltworks at gmail dot com

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  58. LUUUUV hexies and yours are beautiful - very delicate.

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  59. It's hexies for me:) Thanks for the chance!

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  60. maybe a book so I can get started, (not done any yet) or an apple core template. thanks for the opportunity

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  61. I'd get a book. I have made simple hexies but would love to try something more complex

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  62. Love your Quilt..comin' along sooooo nicely! Good job! I have done a little paperpiecing..getting better! & would get the "Acrylic Fabric Cutting Template 6" Hexagon" Template. Would love to make a BIG Hexie Quilt! :)

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  63. I love this quilt - can't wait to try these for myself

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  64. I love your flower garden! If I won I would love to try some hexies and would get needles which I really need! thank you!

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  65. I would get some hexie papers. I've never tried it before. sarah@forrussia.org

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  67. I would get acrylic fabric cutting templates with seam allowances in the shape of triangles.

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  68. i like the inner city pattern, but would [probably pick up a couple acrylic cutting guides!

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  69. Your hexie quilt is very, very pretty. I love EPP. If I won I would like to try the trapezoids. Thanks for a chance.

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  70. I love your quilt. I have been trying to do the hexes. I would for sure get more hexie paper and the template so Margo and I wouldn't have to share anymore.

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  71. I'd probably have to get some 1 1/2" hexagons. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. I"ve never tried hexies so that would be a good choice! So many nice things.

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  73. I would try the 6 or 8 point diamond stars. I have wanted to give these a try for a while now. Love their site so many great things! Tmac1960@att.net

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  74. I would love some plastic templates. I have recently fallen in love with EPP and can't stop now!
    Your quilt is stunning. It's already looks so beautiful!

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  75. I would love to get Blossoms Complete Piece Pack. Thanks for the chance.
    ncjeepster@aol.com

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  76. I love the clear templet for easy correct cutting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  77. I am helping a friend make a 2" hexie quilt so I would buy some papers AND the template!

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  78. This is one quilt related method I haven't yet tried, so would definitely try just what you are making, even the same size I think!

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I honestly love reading every single one! If you have a question you would like answered- be sure to include your email so that I can get back to you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
xoxo, Ashley