April 21, 2016

EPP Stars and a New Pincushion

I haven't shared my EPP stars in a while, but I've been working away at them (mostly only when we're driving somewhere) and my collection is growing.
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I still don't know exactly what I'll do with them, so I just keep making more!

I have 63 made so far, which sounds like a pretty good number. They make a nice stack here, too, right?
So then I thought, if I want to make a throw-sized quilt, it would need to be about 60" wide...my table is 60", so why don't I lay them out on the table and see how many it would take to make a row.
20! It would take 20 stars to make one throw-sized row, meaning I have enough stars made so far to make 3 rows, with 3 stars left to start the 4th row. Hmmm. This may never make it to throw size! Then again, I'm not bored of making them yet, and I certainly haven't run out of fabric, so who knows!

 Last night I finished quilting my denim epp hexie mini quilt (more on that next week) and I wanted to make something quick. It seems like all my projects lately are rather time-consuming. There's the quilt I'm making for our bed, which is scheduled to be in Make Modern magazine in September, so I'm not going to be sharing a lot of that here, though there are sneak peeks now and then on Instagram (I'm @devotedquilter). There are the EPP stars and the denim hexie quilt, which is small but has taken a lot of time for the quilting. I wanted something fast for a change!

Enter Jenn at Quarter Inch from the Edge, who shared a link to this tutorial for a pincushion that attaches to your sewing machine. Brilliant, right? I'm always finding I forget to grab my pincushion before I sit down at my machine (I have to put everything away when I'm done sewing since I work at the kitchen table), so having one stuck right on my machine is wonderful.
 
I copied Jenn's modification and used elastic instead of the ribbon ties recommended in the tutorial and this whole project took me very little time. Seriously, stitching the opening closed after stuffing the pincushion took as long as everything else combined. It was exactly the quick finish I was looking for, and it's functional too!

What have you been working on lately?

6 comments:

  1. Amazing group of stars...beautiful! I love the pincushion idea, too!

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  2. You're making great progress with your EPP stars. Great that you made the pincushion. I put ties on mine and don't like it. Might have to re-do it.

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  3. EPP projects scare me, but you really have made great progress!

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  4. Love your stars! I'm a bit afraid of EPP, also, mostly because I don't think I could stick with it long enough to get a finish. Your stars on the table made me think of a table runner, and maybe that is something I could do...if the table were small!

    Came by to say thanks for linking up with TGIFF and all I've done is jabber. Keep up the beautiful EPP stars.
    Mary @ http://fleurdelisquilts.blogspot.com

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  5. Well that pincushion is too stinkin' cute, as they say. :-) Lovely stars, only what, 500 more to go? LOL

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  6. I worked on my EPP stars for two years (during knee replacement recovery also) and made 2100 stars! I still can't believe I did that much hand sewing! I love the quilt though. You can see it on my Instagram if you're interested. You've got a good start!

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