Apple Core EPP and an old project rediscovered

Think Big block and pieces by Allison Reid

As the title of this post suggests I’ve been enjoying a very mixed bag of projects this week! My activities have been affected by a head cold. I’ve spent more time at home than planned. There were times when my brain seemed to be completely surrounded by a fuggy blanket so not all those hours indoors were particularly productive! Never mind, whenever the fuggy blanket slipped I was able to move into the sewing room and enjoy some of my patchwork projects  🙂

Dashing Stars 4 Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks by Allison ReidOn Saturday I’ll be teaching the Beginners classes so I had a bit of work to do on my version of the Dashing Stars quilt. As always, it is fascinating to see one quilt pattern being interpreted in so many different colourways by the class participants – I’ll share photos of the quilts when the two courses end in a months time. I’ve gone for a neutral palette this time. I spent a morning making four each of the six Churn Dash and Sawtooth Star blocks required. The remaining blocks will be the demonstration aids I’ll use in the morning and afternoon classes.



Dashing Stars 4 blocks on design wall by Allison Reid
Completed Dashing Stars blocks on my design wall.

As a bit of a diversion I stitched together green scraps, keeping up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. It felt good to empty out the little basket and get this months blocks completed.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2020 green blocks by Allison Reid

On Thursday I did escape the four walls of my home for the monthly sewing day with friends. Such a tonic! I took several projects with me. The first was an experiment with English Paper Piecing. Not really my thing, although I did enjoy making the Moravian Star decoration last month. A crafting friend had seen the December edition of Quilt Now magazine included a collection of plastic EPP templates and treated herself to a copy. A few weeks ago she showed me her attempt at making the apple core blocks. It hadn’t gone well! I promised I’d have a go using the magazine templates and instructions before we see each other again.

EPP Apple Core blocks by Allison Reid

EPP Apple Core blocks close up by Allison ReidIt was a bit of a fiddle – I definitely prefer machine piecing curved blocks on a larger scale to the little EPP pieces but they went together OK and I found the instructions given by Naomi Clarke to be very comprehensive (be wowed by Naomi’s work @naomialicec) So hopefully my friend and I will be able to figure out where she mis-interpreted the instructions and get her EPP on track 🙂

Once the EPP was out the way, I spent the rest of the sewing day re-acquainting myself with a project that dates back to 2014! I can remember grouping together fabrics and making this one ‘Connections’ block from Amy Ellis’ newly published book. And then, for whatever reason, the project languished. I still like the fabrics, not so sure about the block… There are other blocks in the book that now, with six more years experience of patchwork quilting, I would choose over this one. But it was quite absorbing putting the completed block against the cutting instructions and figuring out which pieces from which fabrics I needed to cut to make two more blocks.

Think Big block and book by Allison Reid

I was thinking to follow the instructions for making a 3 block runner … but … in a short wakeful moment during the night, I thought about cutting fabrics for a fourth block to make a square of blocks, adding borders…. It really is a wonder I finish anything the way my mind flits from one idea to another!

Linking with Alycia for Finished or Not Finished Friday. Alycia is sharing a patriotic log cabin quilt which looks a whole lot more finished than any of the projects I’ve listed today! And I think those ‘Connections’ blocks are definitely squirrels worthy of a mention at the DrEAMi link-up hosted by Sandra of Musings of a Menopausal Melon. Also linking with So Scrappy for ‘Last Green Saturday of 2020’ to share my green Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMaybe my word of the year should be ‘focus’? No, decision made, it is GROW 😀


9 thoughts on “Apple Core EPP and an old project rediscovered

    • Thanks Laura! For me it’s a bit scary trying new things – I think fear of failure has played a big part in my reluctance to give things a go – but I am getting to like it more!

      • I have experienced that fear of failure, too, Allison. We need to remember that nothing ventured is nothing gained. I try to look at each project as a learning experience for the next project. 🙂

        • That’s a great attitude to learning Laura. I helped at an Infant School a few years ago and heard the teachers talking about the importance of developing resilience if the children were to discover a ‘life long love of learning’. I think I have patience more than resilience – I will keep on at things but I still find it hard to not think I’ve failed if something doesn’t work out!

  1. I’m not a fa of EPP myself, your little effort looks good to me, hopefully you can help your friend.
    Your green blocks came together nicely too. Have fun with all of your projects.


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