Travellin’ Pic Stitch Blog Hop and giveaway

***Giveaway Now Closed***

This post is part of the Travellin’ Pic Stitch Blog Hop.  From 1st October – 30th November we are hopping all over the world EPP-ing in some fantastic locations.  Check out the full list here and be sure to check out the other participants. On 30th November it’s over to you to link up for a chance to win these fabulous prizes! Sponsored by Paperpieces.comFabricwormPink Castle Fabrics  Marmalade Fabrics, the Fat Quarter Shop, and Aurifil.

Full details for competition entry can be found here.
The Flickr group is found here where you can upload your photos, palettes and EPP projects.

English Paper Piecing (EPP) is one of my favourite quilting techniques. Easy, precise and portable. I was delighted when Laura and Katie asked me to join in the fun and make an project using EPP and colours derived from a favourite holiday snap.

Last school holidays we went on a family trip to Tasmania. Tasmania is an island, off the bottom of Australia. Best known for its majestic wilderness, wildlife and fresh produce. 

On the east coast of Tassie is a place call the Bay of Fires. This unusual name was given to the area by Captain Tobias Furneaux, in 1773, when he noticed numerous fires along the coast. This led him to believe that the country was densely populated. (I like to think it was because of the red rocks that lined the coastlines, resembling flames.)
The palette selector came up with this combination but I decided to add in some ocean blue, kelp green and some salmon(s). Why salmon because Amy sent me some and I just loved it. 
Salmon swimming up river ( or are they trout? )
I dived into my collection of Laura Gunn Painters Canvas, spotlight text prints, Madrona Road and Woodlands and voila, this is my little pillow/cushion. Does anyone remember fish and chips wrapped in newspaper with salt and vinegar on the side?

The design is my original template for rosettes between hexie flowers. I just enlarged it to make a 26″ finished pillow/cushion. Looks a bit like a propeller with fish. Can you see the ice-cream cones or the microphone as well?

This is the back using Menagerie cows in lime. I left one side of the pillow with the cows upside down as my 6 yo thought it was hilarious that the cow had a head on both ends.

A bit of fancy fish quilting.

I use many types of medium for my ‘papers’ – freezer paper, light cardboard, Floriani Stitch n Wash – but for this project I used printer paper and basting.

For the centre hexagon, I made an irregular 9-patch with borders and cut the hexagon shape from my block, making sure it was centred. The outer hexagons were cut from 2 strips of fabric sewn together. Once again, I aligned the centre of the hexagon along the seam and cut out.

Today, I am offering one lucky blogger the chance to win a ‘Rose Star Template’ 2″ set.

All you have to do is make up a name for the pushion (cushion/pillow). Entertain me with your hilarious suggestions. The catch is (excuse the pun), it has to include the word fish or type of fish.

I will draw a winner 30th November 2012 midnight AEST.


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