Back in September my mother and I took a trek to Las Vegas for the Riley Blake Fabric Fest! It was a great retreat and if they offer it again I would go in a heartbeat.
One of the classes I took was a Fussy Cutting English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique with Sue Daley (you can find a great video of her EPP technique on the Riley Blake blog here).
She uses a glue stick, this fun little mirror and a rolly mat. the only thing you really need for her technique is the glue stick to begin with, the rest you can get later if you get hooked like me.
In class we were to learn how to make this cute little wall hanging that had three stars and by my Christmas trip to North Carolina I was about this far
I totally got into it over my break (it didn’t hurt that just about everyone in the house got very ill except me and one of my nephews so I needed something to do). On the trip home my tray table looked like this:
I love how the drink holder fits little star pieces perfectly. The guy sitting next to me (not my husband the other one) was rather confused, try as I might to explain what I was doing.
Now that I’ve gotten home the wall hanging has turned into a table runner
of course dear Apollo is a little too interested. I think it might be the papers inside that make him want to hall off whole sections and naw on them. Sigh.
…and now that Downton Abbey is back on it seems only fitting to work on my English Paper Piecing while watching (reminiscent of putting on my mouse ears to watch the Mickey Mouse Club).
You might be interested to see the original fabric that the stars come from
and it turns into this once it is radically fussy cut