Hello Everyone. Isn’t lovely to finally have some heat on our bones! This time I was scheduled to write about English Paper Piecing (EPP for short). EPP is one of my favourite quilting methods. I carry a portable kit and I find it really relaxing to do in front of the TV after a long day at work. There are many many how to guides and other blogs that explain step by step how to create EPP. So instead I want to talk about the social aspects of EPP and quilting in general. I recently join a face book group where we swap Hexagon flowers (Hexies for short) every months, so that before you know it you have enough to “plant a Flowerbed” quilt full of bright sunny flowers. Lovely eh!

Selection of my swapped hexie flowers waiting to be sewn together

I hope to get enought to make something similar to this beauty.

The great thing about this swap group along with the other UKQU Facebook groups is the solidarity and support we offer each other. It really does feel like one big extended family. We squabble and occasionally misunderstand each other. But time and time again, when push comes to shove, we are all there for one another. Got a new job, tell the gals, got an issue you can’t work out what to do, ask the group. Hubbie/kids/pets driving you bonkers, let off steam in the social group.The support is … frankly… wonderful!!

So this blog (short as it is this month) is dedicated to all my big sisters, surrogate aunts and quilting mammas, as well as the “younger” sisters (in terms of quilting experience) who I in turn have been able to help. We even have the odd brother in the mix. After all quilting is not a gender specific craft – all are welcome. As the song goes We are Family….. (sing it with me) … I’ve got all my sisters (and brothers) with me.

We may not always see eye to eye on many topics (such as politics) but our joint love of the fabric brings us together. I know I can be a crabby old bat (in fact look at this sweatshirt I bought recently that sums me up!)

But I really appreciate all the voluntary effort the Facebook and website Admins put into supporting me (and the rest of us motley crew). Thank you to everyone of you. Thank you for supporting me. Thank you for supporting others, and thank you for allowing me to share in your quilting and non-quilting lives and help you in turn. And most of all thank you for reading this soppy post.

Till next time, Happy Sewing!!!!

Love Dotty xxx