A Touch of Insanity, for finish #5

I am addicted to English Paper Piecing. There, I said it. Over the past few years, this hand-piecing technique has become such a part of my quilting life that I simply cannot be without an EPP project in the works. That said, I have tried, and mostly succeeded, in limiting myself to one major EPP project at a time. Here are some of my projects so far.

First was “Hooked on Hexies.”  This was one year in the making, from June 2012 to June 2013. It has over 100 different hexagons, each made up of smaller units – the easiest one had only 4 pieces, the hardest one, 54. The designs came from an online quilt-along. All scraps from my stash, except for the pale green setting triangles and border. This is how addiction starts…


As soon as it was done, I tackled “Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses,” or POTC for short. Each block includes some fussy-cutting, which I LOVE. This one took longer, more like two years, to complete, mostly because of other projects and life events causing delays. It isn’t quilted yet, but I consider it done-for-now (until I figure out how I want it quilted).

fullI really tried to make myself wait to start the next one till POTC was done, but I confess, there was some overlap as I began “Touch of Insanity,” which is finish #5 for 2016.

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This was inspired by “The Insanity Quilt” by Rhonda Pearce, an Australian quilter whose masterpiece is shown on the cover of this magazine.

mag coverThere is now a whole community of EPP fanatics like me making thousands of tiny hexagons (each one is about the size of a nickel).


My quilt has 3467 of these babies, compared to over 10,000 in Rhonda’s. I’m such a light-weight…

This project went everywhere with me  from September of 2014 till last month. One of the best things about EPP is its portability. Here it is  keeping me entertained while I wait for an oil change:


Here it is on the airplane, on my way to Houston last fall:
airplaneSo many hexies…

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Making double diamond units


Planning the layout:


Pulling out papers while waiting in the car:
killing time

Love this “confetti” border!


I struggled with the final border, and finally settled on a couple rounds of larger hexagons to finish it off. More work than I had planned on, but worth it.

corner detail

So the top is done, but not quilted yet. Like POTC, this goes in the done-for-now category, until a quilting plan is in place, and therefore qualifies as finish #5 for 2016 – YAY!!!

Which also means that I can start my next EPP project – one that I have been itching to do since I first laid eyes on it. “La Passcaglia,” by Willyne Hammerstein, shown on the cover of her book, “Millefiori Quilts.” I expect to enjoy this journey into insanity for many months to come! cover-Millefioiri-250




2 thoughts on “A Touch of Insanity, for finish #5

    • Doris, I have a Fiskars punch for cutting the hexagon papers, and an acrylic template with the seam allowance added for marking and/or cutting the fabric. I did a lot of fussy-cutting, so most of the time I just marked the fabric using the template, and cut with scissors, but I did rotary cut some of them. I urge you to try English paper piecing = it’s so addicting!!

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