So, one of the reasons why I was so quiet on the Very Berry blog over the spring and early summer was that I was busy beavering away on English Paper Piecing patterns for the current issue of Love Patchwork and Quilting. I created all the designs for the little booklet attached to the front cover – using a nice big octagon template, along with very pointy diamonds and little squares. I’m really excited to finally share my designs with you:
As usual, they’ve been styled to perfection by the lovely women at LPQ – thanks Alice & Jen, and more thanks to the wonderful tech ed, Sarah, for clearing up any pattern muddles!
One of my aims was to combine quite traditional ways of using EPP blocks (the two hoops are pretty trad!) and then do something a bit different (and a bit quicker) with the pieces. So for the tote bag I have chopped off a piece of the octagon to create a different shape entirely, and used the strips of that pieced cup-shape to frame and emphasise some negative space. On the pouch the diamonds are very quickly machine appliqued into place, and I solve the (tricky) problem of finishing those sharp diamond points by covering them up entirely! I think the zippy pouch is my favourite of all the projects (with the starburst hoop a close second), and I’m hoping to use the same quick applique method on a couple of larger projects very soon.
As usual, the LPQ team have sent me a contributor’s copy of the magazine, but as I already have a subscription, that means I have a spare to give away. I also have a heap of left-over Cotton & Steel fabric from the project, so thought I would throw that into the mix too, as a big thank you to all the regulars out there who have stuck with Very Berry through thick and thin – realised just now that I am approaching my 5th anniversary here on WordPress (with 3 years before that on Blogspot – I am definitely an Old Timer Blogger now!). So you all deserve a reward I think… There’s approximately 7 FQ of fabrics in this pile, in about 9 different designs:
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this little bundle of goodies then just leave a comment and I’ll make the draw on Friday evening (my time!). You are very welcome to just leave a ‘pick me’, but I’d be particularly interested to read any suggestions you all have for patterns or tutorials (for completed items or particular techniques) you would like to see on Very Berry blog during the rest of 2015. Very happy to post anywhere in the world, so don’t let that stop you joining in!
And I think it’s time for me to start planning an even bigger giveaway for the end of August, for my 5th birthday celebrations!