While I was at the Fat Quarterly retreat in London a few weeks ago, I sat with a lady called Susan from New Zealand. We were between classes and as I had nothing to do she gave me a quick lesson in English Paper Piecing.
This is the type of ‘old fashioned’ patchwork that my mum used to do. In fact she spent a large part of my childhood sewing fabric around cardboard hexagons. A while ago she gave me what remains of her collection. Last week I combined my newfound skill, these hand me down hexagons and a camping trip.
It was very satisfying sitting hand sewing and helped me not go too stir crazy on the couple of rainy days that we had. I’ve now got theses nice little flowers (I’m sure there is a more technical term for them), which I plan to make into something for my mums birthday in September. I’m also itching to start creating some of my own hexies during the rest of the summer holidays.