This is the product of my first day of play as artist in residence at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design. Wowee! Trevor and I have gotten our new apartment almost all unpacked and are settling into the studios. I'm starting out by testing out some quilting techniques that I may (or may not) use in the coming year.
This little guy is a free-form attempt at English paper piecing. English paper piecing is accomplished by wrapping pieces of fabric around a thickish paper (or sometimes thin plastic) template and basting (or glueing depending on how classy you are...I am not classy, so I glued) the raw edges to the templates back so the fabric holds whatever shape your template happens to be. With the raw edges out of the way and nice firm fabric shapes to work with, you can hand stitch your shapes together, removing the paper templates when you are all finished. Tadaa. English paper piecing, or EPP as quilters like to call it. Just put the hashtag #epp into Instagram and feast your eyes! :)
Here's a video showing how EPP is done.
In my case, this time around, I think I'm a bit more interested in the way the back turned out... but once I add some top stitching to the front that might change. For the meantime, love me some raw fraying edges.