Adventures in Paper Piecing, Studio

Rosettes! (Adventures in EPP Continued)

This blog is about a Quilter’s Life and there is more in my life than just quilting. I have so many non-quilting blog post ideas floating in my head, but today is another quilting related post. I so appreciate my non-quilter readers in addition to my quilter/crafter readers!

Making Rosettes

So is an activity equally or perhaps more addicting than making little English Paper Pieced (EPP) hexagons (hexies) – making rosettes with the hexies!


But first let’s recap (full stories in the series of posts Adventures in English Paper Piecing):

Here is what I started with (a collection of free 1/8th quarters from the 2016 Central Oregon Quilt Shop Hop):


Here is the book I used to teach myself EPP (All Points PatchworkΒ by Diane Gilleland):


I turned the fabric into 250+ hexies:


In order to make something like this:

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And, so far I have made 18 of these – rosettes:


But, now the (sort of) bad news

I counted and I only have enough hexies to make 36 rosettes and the quilt I want to make has 99 rosettes (9 x 11 row quilt). I used all the free fabric from the 2016 Central Oregon Quilt Shop Hop and I wanted the hexies to only be made from that coordinated fabric (I will have to use other fabric from my stash for the background/setting fabrics).

So either I change my rules, or I accept that I am making a 36 block (6 x 6 row) quilt with my rosettes. I think that is what I am going to do, as it would be a huge commitment to make a zillion more hexies to turn into 63 more blocks!

Sometimes you got to be flexible and change your original plan…

Closing this post with my favorite rosette so far (I have 18 more rosettes to make so we’ll see if this one wins the Rosette Beauty Contest (soon to be an annual event held in Atlantic City, ha!):


But I love all of them!


29 thoughts on “Rosettes! (Adventures in EPP Continued)”

  1. I love creating patchwork with hexagons. Currently have a hexi project which started out to be a double sided cushion but as I like making them so much it’s going to turn into a sofa throw/quilt. Love the peace that comes with the hand piecing, a break from machine quilting and knitting too. So many projects, so little time …..!

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    1. I feel like EPP was this awesome handwork secret that I knew about but did not know how awesome and meditative (and addicting) it is! Glad you enjoy it also and a cushion sounds lovely but a sofa throw even better (but so many more hexies, ha!). Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks and yes the blue one is cool too, I just seem to have this thing for the color orange, ha! You are right 36 rosette quilt is a great start for my first EPP quilt πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you! I remember seeing quilts with rosettes before and they never particularly interested me. Now I am pinning them on my Pinterest boards I am so in love with them (funny how your tastes can change as a crafter!) πŸ™‚


  2. These are really cool. I don’t think, though, that hexies are in my future! πŸ™‚

    Today I’m working on my quilting of the R&W Fire & Ice. And if I get a few minutes, I might do some piecing, too. Busy busy!

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  3. Thank you, I am working on getting better and better at hand sewing, it was a skill I took for granted using a sewing machine for most of my sewing, except sewing down bindings πŸ™‚


  4. Splendid work on the rosettes. I’m floored by how much work, precision, and organization go into EPP, though I can read in your post that it’s very much a labor of love. πŸ™‚ Glad to read that the original plan is being adapted for a smaller quilt. Beautiful colours here. I really like the combinations of solids and prints!

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  5. Cute colors. Nostalgic. I’m with ya on the favorite rosette. Yup, we will see if you can top that one. Might be hard.

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