Planted Seed Designs Charming Blog Tour!

Welcome to my blog and my turn on the Planted Seed Designs Blog Tour of Gerri Robinson’s new fabric collection, Charming.  I LOVE this fabric collection!!  It not only is in my favorite colors, blues, cream, grey; but I also love classic floral and paisley fabric prints.

I’ve been sewing and quilting for quite a few decades, and in the last five years find that I’m most passionate about English Paper Piecing (EPP, for short).  EPP has become so popular in the last few years.  Even though it is considered a traditional technique, modern quilters have put their twist on it.  I love seeing all the different ways EPP is being incorporated in today’s quilt designs.


When I first saw the Charming collection, I knew that the paisley and tile prints were perfect for EPP and fussy cutting.  I also discovered that gorgeous floral print had fussy cutting potential!  So, I thought it would be grand to incorporate EPP into one of Gerri’s recent quilt patterns, Hidden Stars, which can be found in her new book, Casual Classic Quilts.  Since I had just started working on the new Sue Daley BOM, Round We Go, I thought it would be fantastic to fill the “open spaces” of Hidden Stars, with …… Stars (which is the basic design within Sue Daley’s BOM)!  A new quilt design was born….how about Starry, Starry Night Sampler!!!  Take a peek …


It has a wonderful “sampler quilt” look, don’t you agree?

Let me walk through the easy steps of combining these two pattern designs.  You will need to be familiar with doing English Paper Piecing.  If you aren’t, there are some wonderful tutorials on YouTube.

Of course you will need Gerri’s book, Casual Classic Quilts, which is available on her website.  Hidden Stars is a wonderfully simple design to sew up and can be found on page 11.  You  use an assortment of  2-1/2 inch strips from the Charming collection, along with fabrics for the background, backing and binding.  Once your quilt top is pieced, then it’s on to adding the English paper pieced stars.


  • If you haven’t seen the Round We Go Block of the Month at Sue Daley Designs, I suggest you give it a look.  The patterns come in these sweet seed packets along with the papers and acrylic templates.


  • I fussy cut many of the stars you see in the quilt.  I love this technique.  I spend a great deal of time playing with the 2 panel mirror.  The possibilities are really endless!  The paisley fabric in Charming is perfect for fussy cutting, along with the tile print.  I worked some magic with the gorgeous large floral print, too.



  • So put together 13 stars, just leave off the outer round EPP shapes because the open blocks of Hidden Stars already have that rounded look.  Then applique your EPP stars into the open spaces of the quilt using the applique method of your choice.  I love handwork, so I hand appliqued my stars.  Machine applique or a blanket stitch, using matching thread, are also options.


  • Add your batting and backing and quilt as desired.  I quilted around each open area and star.  I did some stitching in the ditch in the stars.  I also added a single line of quilting through the middle of the scrappy patched rows.
  • Bind your quilt and Done!

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I hope you have as much fun as I did with creating this quilt.  It will be a lovely addition to your home — hang it on the wall, use it as a topper on your bed or just drape it over your favorite chair or couch.   This quilt is so comfy soft, it’ll be my favorite go to quilt when reading a good book or enjoying my favorite movie.


This project has been so much fun!  Thank you, Gerri, for inviting me to contribute to the Charming blog tour.

Happy quilting, Everyone!!!





Weekend Stitching

Long weekend coming up!  Even though I’m retired, I like to treat my weeks the same as when I was working.  Monday to Friday, work on my sewing and quilting; maybe putter in the garden if the heat and humidity are cool.  So when Friday night rolls around I’m planning my leisure activities for the weekend.


This is a corner in my studio.  This is where you will find me with my hand stitching, or a good book.  I’m looking forward to a lot of time here this weekend.  It’s been a tough week, and a full one.  Some challenges, some surprises, some time filled with the beauty of stitching.

I hope you have a chance to sit quietly and stitch.  Have a blessed weekend….


Ending my week…

Well, I did 3 prototypes of the bag before I got to the final one.  I always have to do a basic mock up of a pattern to see how it goes together.  Then I play with stabilizers and size.  When I’m happy with all those factors, then I do the one that was playing in my head.  And here it is……


The pattern is from a new book by Sharon Burgess, Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing.  And, of course, I had to have it.  The fabrics are from the soon to be released Charming collection by Gerri Robinson of Planted Seed Designs.  The bottom section is cork!  So easy to sew with.  I used a Universal 90/14 needle in my Bernina 880 and it was smooth sailing.

This is a fantastic size pouch for make-up or maybe some EPP notions/supplies.  I’ve done enough prototypes I’ll have some left over for gifts.!

Happy sewing……Trish!




Stars in My Garden Tutorial

Well, here is the third tutorial for the 3 mini quilts.  This one truly speaks to me because I love a flower garden, especially with dainty flowers; and I love gazing at the stars on a clear night.  It was with much enthusiasm that I tackled this mini quilt.

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Again, I write with the experienced English paper piece sewist in mind.  So if you are a beginner or feel your skills in applique are a bit rusty, please tune into YouTube and one of the many videos that go over these basic skills.  Sue Daley does a wonderful job with the English Paper Piecing as I feel she is the expert.  It is her tools and processes that I use in my pursuit of slow stitching with EPP.


Center star:  1 fat quarter/more if you are fussy cutting the diamond shapes

Small flowers:  miscellaneous scraps – approx. 1 fat eighth for each

Flower centers:  miscellaneous scraps – the center can be fussy cut

Background, backing, binding:  1 yard of fabric ( I used a light cream)

Batting:  an 18inch square.

ENGLISH PAPER PIECES and acrylic templates for each shape (I used Sue Daley Designs)

8        2″ pointed star papers and acrylic template

48      5/8 inch hexagon flower petals and acrylic template

8        5/8 inch hexagons for centers and acrylic template

TOOLS AND NOTIONS – refer to my posting on the Dresden Cameo


Star:  cut fabric shapes using the acrylic template.  Glue baste the paper shapes to the fabric.  Whip stitch 4 of the diamond shapes together to form a half of the star.  Repeat for the second half.  Whip stitch the two halves together along the long edge to form the star.  Set aside.

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Flowers:  cut fabric shapes using the acrylic template.  Glue baste the paper shapes to the fabric.  Whip stitch the flower petals to the hexagon center.  Then whip stitch the sides of the petals to complete flowers.  You will need 8 flowers.

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Press all your completed shapes with a dry warm iron to set the seams.

Remove the papers, carefully.  Press again to make sure the seams are set and flat.

Background:  cut a 18 inch x 18 inch square from the cream fabric.  Fold the square in half lengthwise and the widthwise to create the centering lines.  Lay the creased background on a flat surface.

Center the Star piece in he center of the background. Glue baste the Star with applique glue.

Arrange flowers around the star in a circle pattern (see picture above).  I arranged them to be approximately 1-1/2″ away from the inside seam of the star shape.  Glue baste in place.

Applique all pieces to the background.  Press your completed piece.

Layer your completed top, batting and backing.  Quilt as desired.   Square up your quilt to approximately 16″ square and bind as desired.

Your piece is complete!!

Until next time…..happy quilting, happy EPP!


My Favorite China – an English Paper Pieced Mini Quilt

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This is the second mini quilt done in the upcoming Charming fabric collection by Planted Seed Designs.  I was in the midst of doing the All Over the Octagon Block of the Month by Sue Daley when I was asked to come up with a mini quilt.  So I took my inspiration from the pieces I was using in the Block of the Month project.

Fabric and EPP papers you will need for this mini quilt:

  • Center print:  6″ square of floral print or fabric of you choosing
  • Border #1 around center medallion:  1 fat eighth – enough for fussy cutting
  • Tan border #2 :  1 fat eighth – 1 fat quarter
  • Blue/white fabric : 1 fat quarter
  • Outer border (quilted), backing, and binding:   1 yard of solid off white fabric
  • EPP papers and acrylic templates for each shape:
    • 8 octagon tumbler shapes for Border #1
    • 4 – 2″x1″ rectangle shapes for Tan border
    • 4 – 2″ elongated hexagon shapes for Tan border



Cut a piece of floral print – 5″ x 5″ square – I fussy cut a large floral design (have fun with this and highlight a pretty section of your fabric).  Set this square aside.


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Border #1 (the print that will surround your center square): using the octagon tumbler shapes:

  • You will need to cut the tumbler shapes from your fabric choice using the acrylic template.
  • Glue baste your fabric to the paper shapes.
  • Whip stitch the 8 tumbler pieces into a frame shape – see picture.  Press the frame shape with a dry, warm iron.  Do not remove the papers at this point.
  •  Lay the tumbler frame piece over the center medallion piece.  do this on a flat surface.  Center your design behind the frame.
  • Glue baste the frame in place by placing small dots of glue on the underside seam near the inner part of the frame.  Don’t put glue in the area where your needle passes through when you applique.
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  • Applique the inner edge of the tumbler frame to the center piece.
  • On the back side, carefully cut away the excess fabric of the center piece leaving a 1/4″ seam.100_2021
  • Don’t remove the frame’s paper pieces yet!!

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  • Cut shapes from fabric using the acrylic templates.  Glue baste to paper shapes.
  • Whip stitch pieces around the first octagon-shaped piece created above to create another frame layer.  I alternated the rectangle and elongated hexagon shapes to create this second frame.
  • Press your piece with warm, dry iron.
  • Remove the papers from the tan frame and press again the set the seams.

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  1. Cut the fabric for the background behind the tan frame into a 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ square.  Fold your square in half lengthwise and then widthwise to create crease lines to help you with the centering.
  2. Center the octagon-shape piece on the square and applique your piece in place.  I glue basted my frame piece on the background piece, then appliqued.  This is what your piece should look like at this point:

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Outer borders (quilted in picture):

  1. Cut 2 strips:  3-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ for side border pieces.
  2. Cut 2 strips:  3-1/2″ x 16-1/2″ for top/bottom border pieces.
  3. Attach the border pieces, starting with the side border pieces, then adding the top and bottom.  Press seams towards borders.
  4. Cut a piece of fabric 18″ x 18″ for your backing.
  5. Cut a piece of batting 18″ x 18″ .
  6. Layer your top, batting and backing – quilt as desired.
  7. Square up your quilt to 16″ square.
  8. Bind.
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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you have a lovely mini quilt to display.

Until next time……..happy quilting,


Dresden Cameo Mini Quilt

The Dresden Cameo Mini Quilt, along with 3 other mini quilts were only intended to be a way to show English Paper Piecing enthusiasts how they could use the Charming fabric collection.  I typically grab a pattern from Sue Daley’s wonderful selection of designs and EPP away.  In fact, I referred to her designs as I was playing with this wonderfully gorgeous fabric.  I encourage you to use creative license with any of these mini quilts to create your own special piece of art!!

I am not a pattern writer — so bear with me as I walk you through how I made these mini quilts.  Really, I was just playing around with paper shapes and the fabrics and Viola’ — I had some pretty cool mini quilts.

Before we get started on how I put this mini quilt together, we need to review the tools I used:

  1. Sewline glue pen
  2. mini clips
  3. 60wt polyester thread
  4. rotating cutting mat
  5. 28mm rotary cutter
  6. milliner needle – size 10 or 11
  7. applique glue
  8. 2 panel mirror for fussy cutting

Most importantly, you need the paper shapes and acrylic templates for your particular design.  In this case, I used the following (I prefer paper shapes and templates by Sue Daley Designs over other brands):

  • 2″ pointed Dresden shapes and template     12 papers are required
  • 1-1/2 inch circle shape and template             1 paper shape is required
  • Rounded thimble shape and template          16 shapes are required

A basic knowledge of English Paper Piecing techniques is a must.  There are videos on YouTube that are excellent, especially Sue Daley’s series on English Paper Piecing.  She also has a wonderful video on fussy cutting fabrics to create a continuous design or special effect in your quilt/quilt pieces.  PLEASE view her video — you will need it for the rounded thimble frame.

Let’s take a look at the Dresden Cameo quilt:


This is my favorite — it reminds me of a cameo brooch — thus, the name.

As far as fabric, I used the following:

  • Dresden shape:  1 fat quarter, each, of two fabrics — I used 2 fabrics, alternating the colored blades.
  • Dresden center:  2″ x 2″ piece of fabric
  • Frame around the Dresden:  1/4 yard to allow for enough repeats to “fussy cut” each rounded thimble shape.
  • Tan fabric background behind Dresden plate:  10″ square of fabric
  • Cream fabric for the outer background, your quilt backing and binding:   1 yard

So, let’s begin — Dresdan Plate

  1. Cut 12 blades for the Dresden plate – 6 blades in one color; 6 blades in color 2.
  2. Glue baste the paper shapes to the fabric.
  3. whip stitch the blades together to form the plate — see picture above.
  4. Press with a dry iron.
  5. Leave the papers in at this time.
  6. Create the center circle for the plate by glue basting the circle shape to the fabric.
  7. Press the circle. Remove the paper carefully.  Press the circle shape again.
  8. With the applique glue, glue baste the circle to the center of the Dresden plate.
  9. Applique the circle to the plate, stitching only through the fabric of the plate, not the papers.
  10. remove the papers of the plate.
  11. Press and set aside.

For the Rounded Thimble frame around the plate –

  1. Cut the rounded thimble shapes from fabric, using the acrylic template.  I fussy cut the shapes — see Sue Daley’s YouTube video on fussy cutting.
  2. Glue baste the papers to the fabric.
  3. Whip stitch the rounded thimble shapes together to form the outer frame (see picture above).  Press.
  4. Leave the papers in for now.

Tan background piece behind the plate –

  • Cut the 10 inch square of fabric into a circle shape that will fit under the rounded thimble frame, allowing for a 1/4inch seam under the inner rim of the frame.  On a flat surface, lay the rounded thimble frame piece on top of the circle.  Glue baste the frame to the circle using applique glue.  Applique the inside edge of the frame to the circle.  PRESS with a dry iron.
  • Lay the Dresden plate on the frame piece, centering it inside the frame.  Glue baste in place.  Applique.  Remove papers from the rounded thimble shapes.  PRESS with dry iron.

Background – cream fabric:

  • Cut an 18 inch x 18 inch piece of fabric.  Fold in half lengthwise, then fold in half widthwise to create creased centering lines.
  • Lay the framed Dresden piece on the background and center using the crease lines as a guide.
  • Glue baste.  Applique.  PRESS with dry iron.

Finishing up the Quilt –

  • Backing – cut a square, 18 inch x 18 inch, from the cream fabric
  • Batting – cut a square, 18 inch x 18 inch, from the batting.
  • Layer the quilt top, batting, backing.
  • Quilt as desired.  I love to microquilt and these mini babies were perfect for my free motion quilting passion!!!
  • Square up the quilt to 16″ x 16″.
  • Binding:  cut 3 strips from the cream fabric – 2-1/4inches by width of fabric. Bind your quilt.

That’s how I made the Dresden Cameo Mini Quilt.   Pretty cool!  Gerri had them framed — they look even cooler this way — you can display them any way you like.  I think they would be perfect as pillow fronts — toss them on your couch or bed with a couple solid pillows that coordinate with the fabrics you use in your mini quilt.

Next time we’ll tackle the China Plate design.  Until then….

Happy quilting……….Trish Seppell


A new beginning.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, there are always beginnings.  The key is to decide if the path they are going is meant for you.

This website is a new beginning for me.  Didn’t plan on it, but other events on my path led to this.  I believe you should always try something new and if it doesn’t work, regroup and go in another direction.

My platform is my sewing and quilting experiences.  My passion is applique and English paper piecing (EPP for short).  My recent project in EPP led to a request for patterns and/or tutorials.  Let’s try the tutorial route and see what happens.  Until next time…..