(Xmas) Apple-a-Day Blog Hop!


Welcome to another EPP challenge – today I join the Apple-a-Day Blog Hop hosted by the magnificent Diane Gilleland (aka Craftypod), EPP-er extraordinaire and author of All Points Patchwork. I previously joined the Fussy-Cut Hexies Blog Hop for this book, so go check that out for my fussy-cut project and my thoughts about the book itself (spoiler: it’s awesome).

All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

I joined two of Diane’s blog hop challenges because I couldn’t decide, and I love these assignments that force you to take the time to try something new. I’d never done any fussy-cutting before, and I’d never done any EPP curves before last week either – truth is, the whole idea of it scared (and confused) me just a little.

Apple-a-Day Blog Hop - All Points Patchwork

Because it’s Christmas in July here, in my little blog universe, of course I decided to make my apple cores Christmassy. I decided I liked the scrappy-apple-core look best, so I gathered the scraps from cutting my Merry Medallion fabric and got to work.

Apple-a-Day Blog Hop - All Points Patchwork

Now, I seriously could never understand how curved EPP works. It makes, like, no kind of sense if you try to think about it in the same way as EPP-ing hexagons. To learn how to do this, I relied entirely on All Points Patchwork and it seriously did not fail.

Apple-a-Day Blog Hop - All Points Patchwork

Here’s the thing that’s amazing about Diane’s book – she explains every tiny step in such clear detail, it’s, well, totally impossible to screw it up! I honestly can’t even share a fun anecdote about how I made a bunch of messy apple cores before I figured out some perfect trick, or tell you about how I threw one across the room in frustration — the truth is, I followed Diane’s instructions and the very first one was perfect!

Apple-a-Day Blog Hop - All Points Patchwork

Because I was intimidated by EPP-ing curves when I started this project, I used 4″ apple cores (for UK peeps, I bought them here, at the always-wonderful Sew and Quilt), but some crazed person who looks a lot like me had previously purchased some teeny 2″ apple cores. For about 14 minutes, I considered using those for the challenge before I came to my senses. But during those 14 minutes, I did try basting one and it wasn’t too shabby for something so small:

Apple-a-Day Blog Hop - All Points Patchwork

So yeah, of course now I want to play with those. Oooooh, and some clamshells! What other curves can we try?? I really enjoyed stitched these apple cores – I thought it would be hard but, honestly, it was just as relaxing and pleasing as stitching hexies!

Apple-a-Day Blog Hop - All Points Patchwork

And here’s your chance to try some for yourself! Diane has arranged another awesome giveaway this week – enter below to win a pack of Paper Pieces apple core templates and a pair of Clover Patchwork Scissors, woohoo! (Open to all, everywheres, entries end at midnight on Sunday, July 12th.)


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Thanks so much to Diane for hosting these great challenges – visit her blog right now for an apple core tutorial and check out the other awesome projects made for this blog hop below. And seriously, get yourself a copy of All Points Patchwork. I promise you won’t be sorry!

13 Comments on (Xmas) Apple-a-Day Blog Hop!

  1. jeanne e.
    July 8, 2015 at 14:59 (3 years ago)

    your people turned out fantastic! now i am really getting excited to try some curved epp. :)

    • jeanne e.
      July 8, 2015 at 15:00 (3 years ago)

      that was supposed to read “your PILLOW”…not people…hehehe…

  2. gina
    July 8, 2015 at 18:59 (3 years ago)

    I love your pillow. I’ve done loads of hexies and the odd diamond but never tried Apple Cores. One to put on the bucket list I think

  3. Patti
    July 8, 2015 at 21:45 (3 years ago)

    Love your pillow! You made it look so easy!

  4. Jenny
    July 8, 2015 at 22:29 (3 years ago)

    ooo – I’ve never done the apple-core shape EPP! Your pillow turned out very prettily! Curves do look a bit tricky though!

  5. Amanda M
    July 9, 2015 at 00:39 (3 years ago)

    Your pillow looks great! Absolutely love this shape and would love to give it a try :)

  6. Whitney L.
    July 9, 2015 at 02:45 (3 years ago)

    Love the pillow you made and awesome idea to start making Christmas projects now!

  7. Rebecca
    July 9, 2015 at 05:59 (3 years ago)

    Now I want to try some curved EPP! I’m always so terrible about getting Christmas crafting done, I should really think about starting it now!

  8. Sarah
    July 9, 2015 at 09:02 (3 years ago)

    Your cushion cover is great!
    I totally get your uncertainty with curved EPP, my brain is having none of it but I’d love to make a clamshell quilt at some point so Im thinking this book is they way to go :)

  9. Sara
    July 9, 2015 at 09:42 (3 years ago)

    A great giveaway and one that would finally make me try EPP with something other than hexagons or diamonds.

  10. DeborahGun
    July 10, 2015 at 14:16 (3 years ago)

    Would love to try some curved EPP – and I need to pull out my Christmas fabric – you are inspiring me!

  11. fiona
    July 10, 2015 at 15:15 (3 years ago)

    I have bought ‘All Points Patchwork’ recently and been looking at the Apple cores and trying to get the confidence to try it. Your pillow looks amazing!!! Love your blog, your quilts are really fabulous.

  12. anne
    July 10, 2015 at 18:14 (3 years ago)

    It’s so cute! I love it! The mini 2″ ones look like they’d be perfect for making a wee mug rug. I should really get around to trying paper piecing sometime!


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