English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing, EPP to most. Hand sewing. Basically, everything that has scared and intimidated me since I began quilting. I used to think, “Oh, I could never! Who would have the patience for that kind of nonsense?” Well, as it turns out, I do.

I have always loved the look of hexies, and can remember a Smitten quilt hanging in one of my favorite shops in Calgary. I loved the details, the itsy bitsy stitches, and how beautifully it came together. It was the last thing on my list of “I should try…”. Until it wasn’t. I picked up the pattern and clear plastic templates shortly before leaving Calgary, because where the heck would I find those in the Maritimes? Good call, because I still haven’t found any here.

So, for over a year, they sit on a shelf in the sewing room, until an Instagram post of someone’s Smitten quilt catches my eye and a little voice in my head yells, “Go for it!”. So, I go for it. Hubby and I were taking the kids camping, so I wouldn’t be able to take a machine anyway. What perfect timing. He takes credit mercilessly. 🙂

It turns out, hand sewing, and EPP in particular, are incredibly relaxing and calming for the mind. Which, when you suffer from PPD and PTSD like I do, is a Godsend.

It’s perfectly blissful work, and I’m loving getting to cut up some of my favorites in my stash. I have every reason to believe that this will be an absolutely hideous quilt to the eye, as the mix of patterns, prints, and colours are going to be an assault on the senses. But I’m not letting that get to me. I started in May, and figure I’m about 85% of the way with my blocks. And since I’m putting so much time into this quilt, I may as well go big or go home and am planning to quilt it by hand as well. Yes, I know. Right? I swore I would never. Could never. But I’m going to. And I’m going to use the most obnoxious boldly coloured threads I can find.

Here are some pics of my progress so far. Your retinas have been warned. 🙂

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Camper to Glamper Makeover – Part 2

Not much to add. Hubby cringed slightly when I had first showed him the black and white damask fabric for some of the curtains. I believe his words were something like “At least it’s not tea cups. You’ll never be able to find tea cup fabric anyway ha ha”. It’s like he doesn’t know me at all. Challenge accepted.

Found this, and I fell head over heels in love with it. Perfect for the window above the sink, and some place mats. I adore that it looks like Pyrex dishes as well. The walls will be a little bit lighter grey, and the lower cupboards around the sink are going tobe this teal colour, so it’s perfect.

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Camper to Glamper Makeover – Part 1

This will be a process and an adventure. My husband, whom I love more than he will ever realize, decided it would be wiser to buy a camper to drive home (across Canada, from Alberta to NS/PEI) instead of paying for overpriced plane tickets. Buying a camper is something we toyed with for years, we really think the kids will enjoy it, and this year he found one that was perfect and perfectly priced. He has given me free reign on redecorating it. It’s a great layout 5th wheel with a queen bed in our No need to tear anything apart come bedtime each night, and us girls have somewhere to retreat to when we feel like sulking. Bonus points.

It’s a solid camper and it was beyond clean when we got it. Here are some before and during pics.

I bought fabrics to cover the dinette cushions, as well as the ‘couch’ and we are in the midst of painting walls and cupboards. I am beyond excited to see how it will turn out. It has been so much fun shopping for bargains. My goal is to complete the entire thing for less than $500 and so far, we’re coming in well under budget.

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Good bones, good layout, hideous fabrics. Floor will be the last thing we replace, and possibly not until after this year’s camping season is finished. Loving the updates so far.

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On to the curtains. Because of my lack of skills, I’m just winging it and cutting the slider thingy’s right off the old ones and sewing them onto the new ones.

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Hubby is a good man and brought these home for me. To ‘help’ the cause. 😛

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He’s in charge of painting. Thank goodness.

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Primer on.