Back from our trip, I speeded things up, and made a bunch more blue-and-white star blocks, including the following....
With all that blue strewn around my sewing room, things were beginning to look a lot like Chanukah. I craved more color. So, just for fun, I dug this colorful and ancient Jennifer Sampou stripe from my stash,first EPP post) to find a good location to cut kaleidoscopic petals....
Backed it with felt, sandwiched rick-rack between the layers around the edges, did some decorative hand stitching with embroidery floss - there it is, a finished thing!
OK, by now I was sick of the same old hexagon-in-the-middle star. I decided to take my red "jewel" shapes, from the same Hoffman fabric, and point them inward.
The back, after removing and tossing the machine-stitching-damaged paper templates....., told me I could straight stitch it onto felt. So I did, except I used two layers of felt for extra heft. I pinned first.
OMG! It's an accidental Christmas wreath! I really had no idea until I started writing this blog post and looking at the photos!
And so, happy Easter and Passover to all who celebrate. There are only 7 months until next Chanukah/Christmas! Have fun with these ideas! My original post that takes you through the steps of EPP is here. My second EPP post, about making polyhedra, is here.