Tuesday, October 2, 2012

EPP Travelling PicStitch Bloghop

Ive joined Katy and Lauras travelling bloghop, have you heard of it? Its a great idea. They are off on their travels around Utah, Arizona and Nevada and also going to Sewing Summit, and while they are there they are getting people to link up photos from where they live around the world, and using the photos to inspire some EPP.
Well today is me! Now for those of you that dont know me then hi and welcome to my blog. I moved from the UK to Australia back in March and the reason why I love it so much it because it is truly beautiful. We live at the end of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the weather is sadly not amazing all year round but the scenery is. Check these out



































Most photos I take do include my children, or their clothes when they have run off to go skinny dipping!
So here is my inspiration photo for my block


And here is my colour pallette

(Sorry I cant get then colour of the photograph to look right on screen)

Now I am new to EPP, I have done hand sewing in other forms (embroidery, hand quilting, finishing garments etc) but this is my first EPP block, ive been wanting to do some for ages but Katy asking me to join in this blog hop was the push I finally needed. Thank you Katy
So I looked around on the web to try to find some shapes I fancied, there were loads of great ones but I couldnt find anything that was like what I had in mind, so I decided to draw it up myself, and this is what I came up with


So I pulled a stack of fabrics, decided Id pulled far too many, narrowed it down to 3 greens, 3 blues, 3 yellows and 4 creams and this was the end result
Now im not sure that this was strictly EPP'd, I hope this doesnt count as cheating but I was going to use glue to keep my paper pieces in place but then realised I didnt have any! So I ended up using the paper pieces to cut my fabrics out then ironed the seam allowance over the edges of them so that I got the exact shape and a nice crisp line, but then (here is the cheating part) I took the paper away and pinned the pieces together and then used a ladder stitch to hand sew them. Do you think that is cheating? Im not sure but I am happy with the result





I will do more but this block will probably go on the front of a cushion, im thinking about using a charcoal background as the beach has lots of charcoal black volcanic rocks and as im using the beach for my inspiration..


Thank you for joining me in my corner of the world today. Tomorrow it is the turn of Danielle at DJ Cool Bear to show us their corner, hope you can check it out and also the lovely sponsors of this bloghop



This post is part of the Travellin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop.  From 1st October - 30th November we are hopping all over the world EPP-ing in some fantastic locations.  Check out the full list here and be sure to check out the other participants.






Thanks Katy and Laura for asking me to join in and hope you enjoy your travels 



20 comments:

SIMPLESEW said...

I dont think you cheated at all, but I am new too and looking for inspiration and instructions on EPP and you help ease some tension about me learning, I think its not how you get the pieces turn its how you put them together and you did hand stitch. Your view is remarkable, If I leaved there, I would get nothing done. Gorgeous both the view and your pieces.

Charlotte said...

that's really lovely!

Laura said...

I love that block! Thanks so much for joining us - lovely to see the Grocean Road again!

bearpaw said...

I don't think it matters if you cheat when you get such lovely result as that! Gorgeous pics too - all that sunshine! I will be a stop on the blog hop next Monday and it was hard to find something that isn't just grey from round here (Scotland):(

Catherine said...

I think it's lovely and not cheating at all - just tweaking the method in an inspired way:-)

Martha | Weekend Doings said...

I don't think you cheated just adapted the method a little bit. Your block is beautiful it trully captures the colors and the feeling of your inspiration picture.

Isisjem said...

It looks great! You didn't cheat you just decided EPP wasn't for you this time. ;-) And hey the results were fab!

Chelsea said...

Beautiful block! And I think it's great that you showed an alternate method for people who might not be too comfortable piecing with the paper in.

Annabella said...

It's a gorgeous block and a wonderful inspiration image! Your photographs are beautiful.

Cindy Sharp said...

It does look like a glorious place to live.

Flying Blind... said...

Oh is there such thing as cheating? So jealous of your beautiful surroundings xxx

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

Very nicely done and what a great place to call home.

Red Quilty Girl said...

Not cheating at all! What a fabulous block. I'm impressed.
:)

Katy Cameron said...

Works for me, and hey, paper was involved along the way, so it counts ;o) Love the colours in it

Wendy said...

It certainly does look amazing where you live. I love your pieced sun, the fabrics work so well.

Kirsty@Bonjour said...

I think the ends justify the means - it looks like the real deal. You should've kept mum!
I love the Great Ocean Road - sadly have only travelled it once and the flies were unbelievable. Enough to drive you bonkers!

Dianne Neale said...

Your first EPP block, and you designed it yourself. Amazing. Love the colors too.

Judith said...

Very creative on your first EPP! Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

Cyndi said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!

M-R said...

Love it! Way to go for designing your own block!