Monday, 21 July 2014

Week 16 EPP - Curves

There is no reason on earth not to use EPP for curves, as long as they are gentle.  I decided to try it after looking at OPQuilt  - Elizabeth has started an interesting monthly QAL of EPP circles. Here's my finished block, which is about seven inches across the circle:

Not being too good at using a compass, I downloaded Polar Graph Paper from a great free website called Incompetech.   As well as Polar graph paper you can get hexagons, triangles and other stuff here.  You can fiddle around with the settings (colour, line width, number of radii etc).  Useful for foundation piecing as well as EPP.  I just went with the default settings and my circles fitted neatly onto an A4 page. 

I drew my design onto the graph paper and numbered the pieces.

Work in progress.  I found it helped to cut the fabric on the bias where the curve was concave.
..and the back.
I kept the paper pieces in while I did the appliqué, thinking it might help to keep everything flat.  Then I cut the back out to remove the papers. Not sure if that worked - there are quite a few layers of fabric in places. 

It's a bit crinkly.  But I intend to add more crinkles later on in the quilting.  37 pieces to add to my overall total for this project, so I'm now up to 823 for Jessica's Monday Morning Star Count.