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Creating The Lucy Boston Project Tote!

I started out with the thought that 2″ Lucy Boston honeycombs would be SO EASY to create! I have been educated.  It was a blast to create this tote, and I learned so much on the way!  I’ll show you:

Creating the bag to hold my growing Lucy Boston project was truly smile inducing. Not lying here.

Start by creating a pile of honeycombs to play with.

Finally! Found the pattern I loved best.





Cutting out the 2″ Lucy honeycombs using a template with a 3/8″ hem allowance is preferred. PERFECT Lucys!

                                                                                    While the 2″ honeycombs open the door to some fabulous large prints, it’s a good idea to start with 1″ Lucy Boston blocks to know and understand construction techniques FIRST.
That being said, I put my Lucy craze to the test and came up with this great project tote: and discovered a technique you should hear about that will help you with all your Lucy Boston adventures!
Using applique to secure the blocks to a background is nothing new, but have you tried that technique using steam a seam TAPE? Wonders!
The first thing to do is PRESS YOUR BLOCK WITH THE FOUNDATION HONEYCOMB PAPERS IN PLACE. Remove all honeycomb papers. Now you are ready to go!

Applying Seam Tape to the outside edges

Apply the seam tape to the outside edges, pressing at each corner. Tear the strip and work the next edge.

After the entire design is taped on the edge, press, using NO STEAM.

Peel off the paper all the way around.

Line a 19″ X 23″ or larger (for 2″ honeycombs) piece of cotton with batting.
Lay the Lucy Boston block on the background, centering the sides and leaving 1″ at the top.
PRESS. Do not iron! Ironing is movement that causes trouble.
Pressing is holding your iron in one spot, lifting it, holding it in another. Ask me how I know.

Press! Don’t iron. Lift the iron every time you wish to change position.

Stitch the Lucy Boston block to the background fabric, using a blanket stitch if your machine has one…if not, a zig zag is lovely!
I used a walking foot to accomplish this, as there is bulk in the layer of batting, and I did not want the top of my design to shift.

Stitch down the edges, and quilt as desired.

Now for pockets!  These are easy.  PRESS the honeycombs while they are still folded on the foundation paper.  remove the paper.  Add the tape all around the honeycomb.  PRESS.  Peel off tape.   Place another honeycomb (with paper removed) wrong sides together and PRESS!    Stitch all the way around.  Voila!  a perfect project pocket for scissors, needles, threads, pens…all things Lucy!  I added my pockets to the OUTSIDE of my project bag, for ease of use when I’m out and about.

Taping the pocket front.

A pressed pocket, ready to stitch!

Pressing pockets.


And here is a photo of the finished bag:

Loving my new Lucy Project tote! Ready for adventure…


Fussy Cutting for English Paper Piecing

Using templates to paper piece is a new joy over here…I love all the different variations on a theme for these graphic and gorgeous Denyse Schmidt Lucy Boston Blocks!

Six Lucy Boston Blocks from 4 Fats…at midnight, because I am crazy addicted.

It’s easy to achieve stunning results if you spend time with the first step – tracing the honeycomb.  I used a 1″ finished classic honeycomb template, which you can find at www.peggyannes.com.  I like the templates with the 3/8″ seam for paper piecing, they are just easier to manage when you are basting the honeycombs.  (you can also use fabric glue to “baste”).   Check out a few block ideas with these graphic prints:


Using the template like a little window into LucyWorld, I skimmed over each fat quarter, (RIGHT SIDE UP) first, just to see what combinations would work in each block.   The above blocks are the result of careful planning and cutting…then my daughter Charlotte and I got creative, and created some “tilted kilt” blocks!!

To create a block using a plaid like this one, you will need two rows of four designs each.  (easier in a graphic, as opposed to floral, fat quarter).  Place the template on the fabric, following the design from one point to another, along any straight line.  (who said you’d never use that geometry class again?)  This will give you a precise, straight line in your Lucy Boston block.  (see below)   Try tilting the template just a bit!  TRACE.  CUT.  Now, using your honeycomb or the template, cut out 3 more exactly like the first.  To mirror your design, simply flip the honeycomb you cut out over and match it to the fabric below.  Trace.  Create 4 mirrored honeycombs, as shown above.  Voila!   I hope you enjoy creating all kinds of designs with English Paper Piecing: I just love it!



I love Lucy Boston!

Boston in the Fall: our newest Lucy quilt, and we’re lovin’ it big time. The colors are amazing! But then again, it’s Autumn in New England, and with that kind of inspiration all around, you can’t go wrong. I literally start working on every block and say, “oooooo I LOVE this one BEST! This one is AMAZING!” … daughter Charlotte, in the meantime, rolls her eyes and just snaps the photos…

This is just one way to arrange the exclusive Tina Givens Afternoon Playground block.

The first step to creating a stunning Lucy Boston Block: work with lights and darks in contrasting colorways. (try a complementary set of blocks as well, added to a quilt, they really add a lovely, restful touch). I’m using a clear template to cut my blocks, so I can see what will fit in each frame. You’ll find them at www.peggyannes.com in the Lucy Boston department. Any pattern you cut from the cloth will create a NEW patten when quilted into a Lucy Boston block! That’s the fun of it.

First step! Fold your fabric around the first two sides of the honeycomb paper, and make a quilter’s knot (two stitches instead of one) in that corner, catching all the fabrics. You can go through a third time if you don’t think this will hold.

Folding the first edge over the pre cut paper. Find the papers at www.peggyannes.com!

Fold over the next edge, creating a corner, and run a stitch through your second corner. Follow through with each remaining corner until the last.

Tucking and sewing the corners in place

Last corner! Finish with a quilter’s knot.

Finis! Create as many as you can, with careful fussy cutting, from each piece of fabric. Four 10″ squares of fabric should yield enough for one block, while four fat quarters yield four to six blocks!

First finished honeycomb

First finished honeycomb


Bunches of Bumblebees, ready for the block!

Bunches of Bumblebees, ready for the block!

Complete 24 honeycombs from each fat quarter to create 4 blocks, and stay tuned for step 2 in our Lucy Boston in the Fall series!  #LucyMondays #LucyBostonJoy #tinagivens #lucyboston #ilovelucyboston #EPP #EnglishPaperPiecing #EPPeverywhere #PatchworkoftheCrosses #POTC #YouDownWithEpp #AnnaMariaHOrner #DenyseSchmidt #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum #VictoriaandAlbert #FreeSpiritFabrics #WestminsterFibers #IamaFreeSpirit #Handmade #Patchwork #kaffe #kaffefassett #millefiori #newhexagon #lapassacaglia #millefioriquilts