EPP Project for a Road Trip

My husband and I are on our way to Texas to see our grandson, Kaleb, graduate from high school. Traveling by car from Lillington, North Carolina to Gatesville, Texas represents about twenty hours of time, much of it during daylight hours, prime time for hand stitching. I plan to hand stitch a binding on an “old” Double Wedding Ring quilt that needs repair. And I prepped hexagons for an English Paper Pieced wall quilt. The hexagon papers I am using are 1 1/2″ on each side, and the fabric is from the “Nana Mae V” line by Henry Glass.

Before leaving home, I experimented with machine stitching one of the rosettes onto its 10″ background square. If you zoom in, you can see the shallow zigzag stitch with neutral silk thread. In this experiment, I left the papers in the project. After machine stitching around the rosette, I cut away the background fabric and removed the papers. The machine stitching did pierce the papers, but only two were damaged beyond re-use. For the next rosette, I will try removing the papers prior to machine stitching, pressing the rosette well, and pinning it to the background square. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

The idea of machine stitching this EPP project is not original with me. I watched several videos on You Tube on the technique; click here to view one by Shabby Fabrics.

What is your hand stitching “road trip” project for this summer?

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