When Cindy Mccoy started her series of EPP patterns in TQPM, Dear Me, I am Going to Pieces, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to learn this technique. I joined her group on Pattern Pastiche, ready to soak up all the information I could.
The first patterns came out in the June issue of TQPM, and I started with the beginner project. A small hot pad, or in my case, a coaster! I didn’t want any hot pots sitting on my pretty, new pad – but a coaster – that I could handle. At this very moment, it sits on my desk, with a glass of iced tea on it.
Once I finished the beginner’s project, I went on to start the intermediate project. It required the use of very small diamonds and triangles. I didn’t really enjoy this part; it was just finicky for me. I love to do handwork, and usually, the more complicated the better! But this just made me nuts and I abandoned the intermediate project. I had enjoyed the center hexagon in the beginner’s project however, so I thought, “Why not just do some hexagons?” I entertain no illusions they will become a quilt, but I do see a pretty table runner emerging from my collection of hexagons.
I still have quite a few more hexagons to cover, but I’m having a good time doing it. And isn’t that the point of any craft we do? If we’re not enjoying what we’re doing, then move on to something else. If you’re a subscriber, and haven’t joined Pattern Pastiche yet – what are you waiting for? There are groups for every workshop and BOM in TQPM, people who are all working on the same project. Share your triumphs; show off your beautiful project; ask questions. We have quilters who have been right where you are. They will happily come to you rescue.
If you want to join Pattern Pastiche and be part of the TQPM ‘in’ crowd, well then, you have to become a subscriber! I hope to see you there soon!