Category Archives: Crafts

English Paper Piecing & La Passacaglia

English Paper Piecing (EPP) is the method of creating a quilt top by wrapping fabric over sturdy pieces of paper and basting the fabric to the piece with thread or fabric glue. You then sew the pieces together by hand.

Hand sewing is my preferred method of sewing. I think I am probably in the minority of sewers, but I really love working the needle through fabric. Before I started quilting, I spent years (decades 😉 ) doing cross stitch and embroidery. I’ve done Cathedral Window Quilts and English Paper Piecing such as Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I enjoy being able to sit in front of the television and stitch.

I also really love the fact that I can take my project with me. I have worked on paper piecing projects at the doctor’s office, the hospital, in the school pickup line, baseball practices, play rehearsals, while on conference calls…. the list goes on and on!

Last fall I started looking for new English paper piecing patterns and came upon an absolutely amazing quilt pattern. It was a pattern called La Passacaglia by Willyne Hammerstein. Willyne, a quilter from the Netherlands, created a book of quilt patterns she named Millefiori Quilts. She was inspired by the tiling designs of an English mathematician named Mr. Penrose who worked on stars, cosmos, and geometric design.

The designs in this book are extraordinary. She has since published three additional books that are also amazing. I have several patterns from her other books already planned.

When I was researching this pattern, I found a Facebook page for quilters who were working on Millefiori quilts. The administrators of the group explained that it takes most people a year to complete this quilt. It is very demanding. I can’t post pictures of other peoples quilts here, but let me tell you there are some drop dead gorgeous versions of this quilt out there. And you know how the difference in fabric choices can make such a huge difference in the look of the quilt? This quilt really, really is affected by fabric choices. If you are on Pinterest, I have a board called ‘La Passagalia’ within my Quilting board. I encourage you to take a look at some of these amazing works of art! My pinterest name is bgrahamlc (lavender crossings).

La Passacaglia is made up of many different rosettes. I have started several of these and have almost finished my first one.

Aren’t they fun!?! I’m having such a good time with this one. I can’t wait to get the whole thing together!

We are going to offer a beginning paper piecing class at Lavender Crossings sometime this spring. It will cover tools, notions, project bags, the actual paper pieces, basting and different ways to sew the pieces together. It is easier than it looks and very relaxing.

Well, I am going to get back to sewing! Happy Crafting!


Coming Together

It is now November; and with November comes Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends, neighbors and loved ones to give thanks for blessings received. The tradition dates back to the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock and stems from their giving thanks for a bountiful harvest. The celebrations continue today; and today we have much to be thankful for.

Some of the many things I am thankful for are my husband and children; my family and friends; having a job and a home; and being fortunate enough to be born into an amazing family in a country where we have freedoms so many others don’t have.

I am also thankful that our remodel project is finally starting to come together!! I feel like I have been working on it forever! My goal is for the space to be complete by Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to show you pictures and start taking reservations.

We are also working on putting together new classes and workshops and have been working with other artists and instructors to be able to offer everything from Stampin Up Workshops to Wire Weaving Classes.

In addition to offering classes and workshops, our space will also be available to rent by the hour for meetings and workshops; Or by the night for retreats. The studio space currently has individual 2 ft x 4 ft tables set up for 8 and a larger table that will seat 6. We have additional tables available to set up for more if needed. Our dining room can seat 10 and can also be used for meetings. We have a living room with seating for 6 – 8 and 4 bedrooms where we can sleep up to 8. There is a small kitchen, a coffee/water station, free wifi and bathroom facilities. This is the perfect space to host a quilt retreat, a scrap booking weekend or a leadership retreat.

This Thanksgiving I hope you are able to spend time with your loved ones. Enjoy each other’s company and take time to reflect on your blessings. I would love to hear from you about what you are Thankful for.

–Lots of Love,


Cathedral Window Quilt Class

Our Cathedral Window Quilt Class has been a lot of fun and the students are making great progress! I didn’t get many pictures but I did get a few.

Working on blocks
Laura cutting her ‘Window’ fabric.
Janey’s first Window!
Eight blocks pieced together with Windows

We have had such a great time. I hate to see our classes end! Hopefully, we will receive updates as the quilts come together.

We’d love to have you join us next time!


Weaving in ends

When I work on a crochet project, I always tell myself that I am going to weave in the ends as I go. Unfortunately, that rarely happens! The project that I ‘m currently working on has many, many color changes. I’ve estimated that the end weaving alone will take me 15-20 hours. eeeeekkkk!!!! Fortunately, I can weave in ends while I am working.

This has been a really fun project and I am excited to have it start coming together. I enjoy crocheting the many sections together.

Oliver enjoys being able to hang out on a stack of crocheted octagons. 🙂

I can’t wait to share the completed project with you! Not long now!!!