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Vote Now and Give-Away: Dresdens, Hexagons & EPP Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

It’s time to vote and enter the give-away for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week’s theme is English Paper Pieced Quilts (Dresdens, Hexagons, etc.).

This week’s guest judges are Shannon from Fabrics N Quilts and Ruth from Sewlmate Sister. They’ll each have 100 bonus points to assign to four of their favourite quilts.

Give-Away from the The Caffeinated Quilter

The Caffeinated Quilter

Happy Hexagon Week!

At The Caffeinated Quilter, it’s always hexagon week, and you can find all sorts of whimsical hexagon patterns for download in my Craftsy store. Hexagons are becoming quite trendy, and current technology provides a huge variety of ways to piece them. TCQ designs typically feature multiple piecing options, including traditional English paper piecing, Inklingo, and templates.

This week I’m excited to debut a new spring pattern, Delectable Watermelon. If you’ve never pieced hexagons before, this table runner is a great place to start. Delectable Watermelon will be on a special sale (no discount code needed!) in my Craftsy store for the next week. I will also be releasing two new patterns in the next two weeks, so be sure to subscribe to my blog for updates and fun tutorials.

Delectable Watermelon

This week’s winners will receive a copy of Delectable Watermelon, along with the precut paper pieces needed to make the table runner. They will also receive goodies provided by the lovely ladies at paperpieces.com.



The quilter with the most votes (community + guest judges) will win one of the prize packs as well as one lucky person who leaves a comment below.

To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: Have you done any English Paper Piecing? If not, any particular reason and if so, do you have a tip to share with others?

You have until Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT) to enter the give-away. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s English Paper Pieced Quilts (Dresdens, Hexagons, etc.):

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 15
  • Total countries: 5
  • Total provinces: 1
  • Total states: 9

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Conversation Pieces in Red Conversation Pieces in Red
By: Elizabeth Simmons,
Texas, USA

Conversation Pieces pattern by The Caffeinated Quilter – Emily Breclaw. I love her original colors but not for my kitchen. I LOVE it in red! I enjoy the portability of EPP! I pieced and finished during my kids’ gym practice. It is my 2nd attempt at machine quilting.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 21"

Dresden Flower Dresden Flower
By: LeAnne Law,
Oregon, USA

This dresden pattern is by Vicki at Quilting Lodge blog. She was gracious enough to give the pattern away on her blog during the Dare to Dresden blog hop. Our guild challenge was for a small quilt with the theme Rhapsody in Bloom, so I changed it into a flower by adding the stem and leaf.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 20"

Dresden Plate Dresden Plate
By: Jean,
Ohio, USA

This quilt was hand pieced by my great-aunt after getting her hand cut in a buzz saw. It was not straight, so I tore it all apart and put it back together and hand quilted it.

Quilt size: width: 90" height: 106"

English Friendship English Friendship
By: Kaaren Biggs,
Ontario, Canada

Liberty of London fabric swatches 4″ square were sent as a gift from an English quilting penpal and I had no idea what to do with them until I saw this design in an old quilting magazine. The gold fabric was purchased in Florida and it worked perfectly with the multi-coloured hexagons.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 84"

English Garden English Garden
By: Ruta Hardenbrook,
Florida, USA

Traditional English paper pieced quilt made with 3,183 one-inch hexagons. This was a lot of fun to make. It became very addicting!

Quilt size: width: 77" height: 96"

English Paper Pieced Table Runner English Paper Pieced Table Runner
By: Karin,
Blog: The Quilt Yarn

I came across English Paper Piecing at a Quilt Show some years ago. Seduced by the fabric, I bought a bag each of these tiny squares and hexagons, however the project became an UFO in due course after the first few rows. Last year I dragged it out again and completed it. So worth it in the end.

Quilt size: width: 19.5" height: 34"

Honeycomb Honeycomb
By: https://www.facebook.com/SunshineShadowQuiltShoppe?ref=hl,
Illinois, USA

I have been working on a pieced Hexagon quilt top during the winter months in the evenings for the past two years! Yikes! So, I plan to finish piecing it by the end of our upcoming winter season, I have about seven more rows to attach to what you see in the photo. My grandson Kyle refers to this qui

Quilt size: width: 58" height: 72"

Jocelyn's Garden Jocelyn’s Garden
By: Pam Scoville,
New Jersey, USA
Blog: Random Access to the structural underpinnings of my life

Made for my sister’s Christmas gift the pieces of this scrap quilt traveled the world before it was finished. Hand pieced by me and machine quilted by Cheryl Winslow.

Quilt size: width: 55" height: 70"

My Favorite Flower Pots My Favorite Flower Pots
By: Mary,
Washington, USA
Blog: Quiltin’ Grandma’s Blog

This quilt was made using Purple strips from a challenge at Quilt Guild. I English Paper-pieced the flowers on each Block, two flowers are Hexie shaped and one is a circle. I tied the buttons on each center with Pearl cotton. Pattern from Fat 8ths and Friends by Marsha McCloskey.

Quilt size: width: 34.5" height: 41.5"

sam's {scrappy} quilt sam’s {scrappy} quilt
By: Sarah @ {no} hats,
Indiana, USA
Blog: {no} hats in the house

BB # 3725 (“Sam’s Quilt”) in scrap-happy shades of blue and green. This top is a WIP for the family room as Sam is a family name ;)

Full disclaimer: I tried out EPP but impatience got the best of me and most was done by machine. This block really is an ideal EPP project though!

Quilt size: width: 72" height: 77"

Shades of Green Shades of Green
By: Debra Reinert,
Pennsylvania, USA

Saw a line drawing of this square and started experimenting with fabrics. It eventually grew into a quilt.

Quilt size: width: 33" height: 46"

Spring Flower Hexagons Spring Flower Hexagons
By: Delia Hardcastle,
United Arab Emirates
Blog: Delia

Spring Flower Hexagons is entirely hand stitched. I’ve been saving fabric scraps from my quilting for the past year and was looking for something to do with them when I discovered and fell in love with the ancient craft of English Paper Piecing. Each of the hexagons is 1.5 inches across.

Quilt size: width: 31" height: 35"

There's a snail in Grandma's flower garden There’s a snail in Grandma’s flower garden
By: Karen H,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Faeries and Fibres

There’s one lonely snail hiding in the hand-embroidered border (visit my blog for a close-up look and see if you can find the snail). My Mom is always killing the snails & I rescue them by hiding them in her flower beds! The hexagons are 5/8″; I developed a techique to make the stars & whirligigs.

Quilt size: width: 30" height: 37"

Thinking of Liz Thinking of Liz
By: Astrid Pongrac,

About 3 years go my friend Liz brought me some fq as a gift while visiting from Canada. I finally used them when a yahoo group had a sew along. While I was sewing I was thinking of her. I will still add borders. Designer of the pattern is Antje Geerds.

Quilt size: width: 39.5" height: 45"

Wreath Wreath
By: Sunroomquilts,
Indiana, USA
Blog: sunroomquilts

I saw wreaths on-line probably at Missouri Star Quilt Co.
I had a some Christmas fabric and started cutting it out while the embroidery machine was sewing out some designs. Had over 200 petals cut when I stopped. So I made several of the wreaths.

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, April 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced Monday evening

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to TWO favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

English Paper Pieced Quilts (Dresdens, Hexagons, etc.)

  • Thinking of Liz (34%, 215 Votes)
  • There's a snail in Grandma's flower garden (24%, 154 Votes)
  • English Garden (20%, 128 Votes)
  • Dresden Flower (17%, 110 Votes)
  • Shades of Green (13%, 85 Votes)
  • sam's {scrappy} quilt (10%, 66 Votes)
  • Spring Flower Hexagons (8%, 48 Votes)
  • Dresden Plate (6%, 35 Votes)
  • Wreath (5%, 32 Votes)
  • Jocelyn's Garden (4%, 24 Votes)
  • Conversation Pieces in Red (3%, 20 Votes)
  • My Favorite Flower Pots (2%, 14 Votes)
  • English Friendship (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Honeycomb (1%, 8 Votes)
  • English Paper Pieced Table Runner (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 633

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event is Just Squares & Rectangles. Your submitted quilt needs to contain just squares and rectangular shapes please. Unfinished quilt tops are welcome as well.

Read the Guidelines and submit your photo before next Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 8 a.m. (EDT).


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154 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Dresdens, Hexagons & EPP Quilts”

  1. Sharen Jahnke says:

    Yes, I have English Paper Pieced and am definitely not an expert but do love to do it. Working on a project at this time but it is tiny hexis and will take some time.

  2. Cindy A. says:

    Yes, I’ve done English Paper Piecing thanks to Paper Pieces little free pack of hexagons. I turned my little flower into a much-loved pincushion. I do not baste through the paper pieces so they can be reused. I also do not cut exact seam allowances just squares whose edges I fold down and do a running stitch through. Be sure to put a knot in your thread though, otherwise you’ll be going round and round in circles. You’ll never get one of those little hex papers covered! Don’t ask how I know this…

  3. Patty Moffitt says:

    I am working on a flower garden quilt, but only have a fe pieced together. I am not fond of handwork so this is gong slow!

  4. J says:

    I haven’t done any English paper piecing or hexies yet but it’s on my list to try next. Your watermelon pattern is beautiful and I’d love to win it! It looks like a great way to start.

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