Monday, May 15, 2017

EPP Party Week 3 Equilateral Block

Hello party goers!

Are you ready? One, two, three..... GO!!!!

How are you doing today? Excited, right? Well, Mister Domestic and I are more excited than you! Beyond excited! Today is week 3 and we are launching BLOCK 2 which we named: EQUILATERAL. So cool! Who has worked with epp triangles before?

This block is very simple but striking and goes really well if you plan to fussy cut or if you want to match fabrics when piecing.

Here is my block and how I planned the combination of prints. So sweet, I love it! As you know I've been using my new fabric line INDIE BOHEME, which is a new take on the Indie series. 

And look at this amazing block Mathew did matching the pattern of the fabric!!!! He is using fabrics from one of my recent lines DARE

Triangles and Squares are simple but they have their trick. Mister Domestic and I have a couple of amazing videos in store for you to help you with some tricks if you want to get it done in a snap!

If you want to cut your own, here are the templates you need to download.
Template 1 
Template 2

If you prefer to buy precuts, you can click on this link to get the EPPPARTY special kit sold at Paper Pieces. 

Of course this party is great because it comes with party favors. Drum rolls please....! 
The winner of the the prizes for Block 1 is Sandra Kaye! Congrats Sandra! 

For Block 2, we will be giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle curated by Mathew and this awesome sauce thread box from Aurifil.

Do you have questions or comments or tips? Hey, feel free to drop them in the comments. And don’t forget to use the #eppparty on Instagram to be eligible for the prizes!

So... let's make this #EPPParty more fun than ever!!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

EPP Party Week 1 Hexies Madness Block

The party has officially begun!

I cannot express enough how happy Mathew (aka Mister Domestic) and I are for the #EppParty  !! So many of you had been waiting for this event to begin and I am so happy that we can finally start the party and show you the first Epp block! 

Did we tell you that we are going to glue, piece and sew together 12 blocks for this party? Great, right? Every two weeks you will have 1 new block and at the end we have an amazing surpise waiting for you!

If you post your work in progress or finished block within the 2 weeks of the duration of the block with the hashtag #EPPParty, you can win an amazing prize each time. We got you covered!

prizes for week 1
  • Mischief Quilt Kit by The DIY Addict
  • 24 Fat Quarter Bundle of my fabrics from different collections curated by me
Here you have an awesome picture of the epp kit you can win!!

My adorable and always fabulous Mister Domestic and I wanted to start the party with the most beloved epp shape of all times. Yes, for week 1 we will have hexagons! We cleverly named it: HEXIES MADNESS!! It's super easy to do, kind of piece of cake! Don't worry, we'll show you how...

choice of templates

For templates, you can go two ways: you can buy already pre-cuts or you can print your own. Hexies are 1" if you plan to buy, you will need 68 templates to complete the block. If you want to print your own, you will need Card Stock 67 lb. Here's the template to download. Print your own and you are done! Template 1 
We are offering the choice of printing your own because we want to share with you the entire process from the very beginning, but you know, it's a matter of personal preference. 

UPDATE: the amazing people from Paper Pieces have made a kit contaning all paper templates to make the first 6 blocks! Isn't this great? So, if you want to go with pre-cuts, here is the link to buy the kit.

finished size of the quilt and choice of fabrics

For the finished quilt you have two options: with or without sashing. The quilt without sashing will measure around 48" by 48", and then you can make it as big as you want if you add sashing. 
For the small version 1/2 yard each of 20 fabrics will do very well. I will be doing mine with my newest collection Indie Boheme, but you can use any other fabric you prefer. For this party is all about freedom of choice, a zen experience and all the fun of doing something together!

style and layout

We love scrappy scrappy, don't you? On my WIP sample block, I am using all 20 fabrics because I love the look of tiny hexies made in multitude of fabrics. Very colorful and yummy. This is also a personal choice, you can do it with less fabrics, like picking a group of six or a group of eight fabrics. The steps to construct this block are simple: after you glue all the templates lay them out randomly to piece them later making a square of 12" ( don't worry if it's bigger).

techniques on how to construct the block

If you really want to learn to sew hexies like a pro, Mathew and I have all the videos you need to watch in order to glue and sew your best hexies ever. Go to his blog to watch them all there or click on the links below.

epp tips and tricks for week 1

I have so many EPP Tips and Tricks to share with all of you! So, each week I will be explaining more in detail the information about each tip and trick that are shown below or on a separated post. Stay tuned!
For week 1, I have some tips on glue choices and thread conditioners. Click on the images below to watch the videos I've prepared for you.

Remember! Just by participating, you will have the chance to get awesome gifts from our sponsors! How? Simple, you only need to show your WIP block on Instagram using the #EppParty. The lucky winner will be announced the last day of the 2 weeks!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Come Join the EPP Party!!!

Hello, hello party goers!! 

It's happening ladies and gentlemen, Mathew and I are very excited to launch the EPP Party Monday, May 1st! The time finally came and we are super excited!
Epp has been taught many times, but our project is not about the seriousness, is all about going at our own pace, enjoy the process, not worrying about making mistakes, have fun and learn without even realizing! It's also all about sharing your process with the amazing internet community to support each other, so there's no room for fear here! 
We want to explore traditional shapes and maybe some new you never did. Also, Mathew and I will be showing many techniques in videos that may help you if you are a beginner, or if you have gone some mileage with epp as well. Tips will be added with each block.

Of course, a party is not a party without gifts, so make sure to join, we have super uber awesome prizes from many friends that want to share with you their love of epp. 

List of Sponsors! 

Thank you sponsors!!

What you need to know to start:

  • The EPP Party will run for 24 weeks providing 1 block each other week. We don't want to rush anybody, is all about learning at our own pace, remember?
  • Every two weeks, just by participating, you will have the chance to get awesome gifts from our sponsors! How? Simple, you only need to show your WIP block on Instagram using the #EppParty.

Here's a list of general supplies you may want to have handy to start:
  • Card Stock 67 Lb. -- they come in packages of 250 sheets and you can find them at any office supply store
  • Sewline Glue Pen 
  • Hand sewing needles (milliners and applique work the best)
  • Needle threader (if needed)
  • Paper and fabric scissors
  • Thread conditioner
  • Aurifil sewing thread (50 or 80 weight)  
  • Fabric, fabric and more fabric!! I'll be working on the entire quilt with my new line Indie Boheme, and Mathew will be showing the blocks with another one of my lines Dare. Hope you can use them too, but by all means you are welcome to use your own favorite fabrics :)
Additional tools and notions 
  1. Cutting mat
  2. Rotary cutter 

So, one... two... three... GO! Stay tuned by coming back to IG and here for our first block on May 1st. Let's have fun!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EQ Stash 2017 Download 1

Hello lovely makers!

So happy to share this with you. I know that lots of you are massive fans of the quilt design software Electric Quilt 7 which is amazing and life saver for us quilters. Well lovelies, there's something fun for all you! EQ just released their first 2017 download of EQ stash online. And what's most excited, Indie Boheme fabrics is available for you to enjoy. More AGF collections are also available and scanned to scale to plan your next quilting project!

How cool is that? Get ready to start creating stunning quilts with this outstanding software. To learn more about EQ Stash Online visit the Electric Quilt website.


Pat Bravo

Monday, March 20, 2017

How to Quilt - Sew an Anvil Quilt Block - Quilting Tutorial

Hello makers!

Here's a little video tutorial for all of you! The How Sew an Anvil Quilt Block tutorial is up and ready for you to enjoy. This time around I made an easy to follow Quilt Block because I have been noticing a tremendous gain of new followers that are beginner quilters and I think this step by step tutorial can help them in their quilt block making process. 
For this block, I decided to incorporate The Denim Studio by AGF, I think the chosen colors are match perfectly with Trekant Rows Breeze, don't you think?

Click on the image above to be redirected to the video. The fabric quantities and details are explained on the video☺

Happy sewing! 


Pat B.