Friday, July 15, 2016

Thornflower + Shape Family Challenge

When Jodi (Tales of Cloth) told me about her Shape Family Challenge, I didn't hesitate to join in.  It's been awhile since I've English Paper Pieced, and Jodi's gorgeous EPP-filled Instagram stream is always tempting me.

The challenge starts when you buy a Shape Family pack from Jodi's new business.  She and her husband are working together to offer laser cut EPP shapes from 100% post-consumer recycled card, shipping from their home in Australia.  The Shape Family Challenge invites you to experiment with shapes that play well together to come up with an original (or new-to-you) EPP pattern.  Of course there will be some overlap in what we all come up with, but that shouldn't stop you from getting in on the fun!  Find all the details on how to play Here.

Thornflower in English Paper Piecing

I played with my shape family pack while watching TV to produce a few different pattern possibilities.  This one is my favorite, as I really like the jewel-shaped petals turned on their side along with the wild triangle "background".  The whole thing is pointy and a wee bit aggressive.  I'm calling it thornflower.  Notice those tinier black triangles too?  I'm going to make use of applique techniques and negative space to capitalize on their presence.  Excited!

  Thornflower in English Paper Piecing

This is my fabric pull for the project. I tried to stick with stripes and such whose directionality will emphasize the turned jewel petals.  It's hard to limit myself though.

Thornflower in English Paper Piecing

The resulting thornflowers are perfectly delightful, if I do say so myself!  I have about three handstitching projects in the works now, but this one has stolen my heart.  Will show you more soon!


  1. Oh, thank you Rachel for sharing. I love your thornflowers! Especially how pointy and aggressive they are, but also because it's so different to anything I've come up with in my play!

  2. Looks so beautiful and fun! Your idea is really good!

  3. Oooh I have never done this type of thing (that I can recall)
    I love your fabric choices!! I hope you win the stack of fabrics :-D
    This is a good project to do when sitting-- with feet up♥️

  4. Looks like a great 'slow down and stay awhile' summer project. And they are so sweet! I can't wait to see them all together.

    How's the house project going?

    1. Hi, Annabelle! The house project is coming along. Actually, the framers are working right now. Yesterday we could walk in the party-framed addition for the first time. It's so exciting! It's also kind of amazing to see something we drew on paper become part of our house. Like, wow, it actually works!

      How's your summer coming along?

  5. I had to share this with my STREAM geometry instructor. I was a total dunce in shape creation during the course. Should have put the whole idea into a quilting frame of mind and been more successful. (I bet she uses this the next time the course runs)


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