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For quite awhile now, I have been wishing for the time to appear in my life when I would be able to do more with English Paper Piecing (EPP) as a class for the store. Not only a class, but a support group, too! Two years ago, we (myself and some other interested quilters) embarked on English paper piecing project that spanned about 12 months. It all came together with blocks that made a small quilt or wallhanging, designed by Sue Daley of Patchwork With Busy Fingers. I really enjoyed the project and new skills, along with the monthly camaraderie of a fun group of ladies.
What I have decided to do is set up and host a new group for lovers or beginners of English paper piecing --Paper Pizzazz. We will meet monthly (mostly) and the fee is very reasonable-- just $10 per session!
Now, what do you get for that? Well, you get the chance to sit down once a month for a few hours for just some plain and simple hand sewing. You get to join others with the same interests, and make new friends or keep up with the old. And, you get my sparkling wit, whether you like it or not! I, personally, can't wait for this to begin because I don't know all that many people who like EPP, or are willing to admit that they really do like doing something else in addition to the absolutely fabulous machine work that they also love.
Each person will get a little starter project to practice on, and instructions and coaching to get going if this is new to you. We will share handouts and tips that will help you along the way.
I will feature a different "shape of the month" with some hands-on learning to put that new shape to use. Class members will receive a starter pack of the appropriate papers for that month. And I hope to have a finished project that involves the use of that shape that you will receive instructions for (exclusive to Paper Pizzazz members).
And more than likely, there will be a snack or treat shared, along with coffee, tea, water or soda.
Here are the projects that we will start off with on October 14 and November 11. So please stop in the store and take a look at them, and then sign up for Paper Pizzazz! You won't regret it!
|October's clamshell pillow|
|November's tumbler zipper pouch|