I actually like English Paper Piecing (EPP). I had a real ugh moment when I realized that that is what I got myself into, but I so works for me & my two cats.
First we get situated on the chair and ottoman - we loves the ottoman - so much better that trying to stuff in a love seat! Oh back to EPP... We then choose somthing to have on the TV in the background...
And then open my hand dandy pencil case turned sewing box and get started. Now two cats come nestle in on the lap and we are good for an hour or two.
The photos were taken in my office, so I did not have any help - still I am outa focus... You may or may not be able to see a bee on the charm on the left... I pinned the paper to that one on the bias, so that i would capture the bee. Most of my papers get pinned like the one on the right.
It is all very relaxing, to start, I have rectangles of the fabrics already cut out & the EPP paper pieces are also pre-cut. So I pin the paper to the rectangels and roughly trim the rectangle to the size of the paper. After about 30 blades, I finally know where to start my basting. After I have two basted, I whip stitch them together - no thinking, just stitching (I switched to Macro & got a clearer picture - do you see the bee?) & then add the blades to either side as I go. By the time I am whip stitching, my helpers are usually sleeping & one might even be snoring - bless her little nose... She usually has cleaned a bit of RB too - he is such a dirty boy! Last night, she had him pinned real good, she was half on top of him holding him down for a wash. I guess to her way of thinking, if she has to lay down next to him, he ought to be clean! I can do one Dresden Plate unit of 10 blades in about 2 hours, but I can only do 2 in a day (so far.) 1/2 of a plate can be satisfying enough... 4 down 16 to go. BTW these colors are truest.
If I were cutting or pressing - something that I also do in front of the TV, they can not nestle, because I am seated, not reclined & moving a lot. My helpers try to help at the sewing machine too - cat on the lap at the sewing machine does not work either... The cats will hang out close, but we are all far from satisfied with that scenario...
A whole different train of thought... Unlike some quilter's who know what they like & stick with it, I like a whole lotta stuff. Hence my dandylion monicker... (If you blow on one the seeds go all over.)
As evidence, I have novelty UFOs, CW Repro. UFOs, Bright UFOs, Pink & Brown UFOs, Batik, UFOs, Oriental UFOs, and now a Taupe WIP!
(I guess I am lucky in that I don't particularly care for 30's or Thimbleberries or home spun plaids...)
But stylistically I am all over too - well maybe not "ALL" over... BAQ, realistic cat appliques, pieced cats, "modern" pieced quilts, charm quilts, EPP, monochromatic quilts, rainbow quilts, scrappy, etc.
(I don't care for paper piecing - the other way - but I have a pattern or two that I may force myself to complete & I am not one for a "challenge" - getting something done is challenge enough, thankyouverymuch! Oh & I'm not one for perfection and percision either...)
If I don't see you in the mean time & you are in the USA, Happy President's Day & Happy Anniverary, Michael. No big plans for "the" day, but next weekend, we are going to Hampton, Virginia for the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show...