A Pentagon Flower Garden

It's been such fun playing with fabric, needle and thread this past week. I really enjoyed every step of creating my 'Pentagon Flower Garden' table runner and am pleased to share it today.

Pentagon Flower Garden - EPP Quilted Table Runner


Pentagon Flower Garden - EPP Quilted Table Runner

To make the pentagons, I started by cutting out the fabrics and papers using my Crafters Edge Crossover II machine. The English paper piecing dies makes EPP easy and accessible as you don't have to source, buy or order the precut paper shapes online, to be able start working on a project. 


I've never created English paper pieced pentagons before, so it was a joy putting these flowers together using pretty floral fabrics. Pentagon flowers are way faster to stitch together than hexies.

I made the table runner background using 4.5" squares in low volume fabrics. I then sandwiched it with batting and backing and machine quilted it with organic lines. Within the spaces, I used perle 8 cotton  in a light cream and light mint green to add hand stitching detail. 

When I was happy with the background, I removed the papers from the pentagon flowers, arranged them across the runner and machine appliqued them with a straight stitch. 


I finished off with a light binding, to blend into the background so that the pretty floral flowers stand out.

If you've never played with pentagon shaped english paper piecing, I encourage you to have a try. These flowers are quick to put together and look quite lovely (in my opinion).

32 comments

  1. It turned out beautiful. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and it's staying on my coffee table for now :)

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  2. Another lovely idea and your runner is beautiful...
    Hugz

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  3. I have never used that shape before and I agree that the flowers are quite pretty. A beautiful table runner.

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    1. I think this pentagon shape is lovely and I think I might make some more, but scrappy in my unending attempts to use up all the fabric :)

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  4. Loved the way your table runner turned out....

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  5. Wonderful table runner. Looks great on your table. The hand quilting adds a special touch.

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    1. Thanks so much. I think this one will stay on the table for the time being... well, until I make the next table runner and it becomes my favourite :)

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  6. I love this flower! EPP is one of my favorite things to do and I have some pentagon paper pieces--will be trying this soon. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Thank you. I'm pleased to read that you're going to give it a try too. Happy sewing!

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  7. Love how the table runner turned out. So sweet, love the hand quilting touch. Another use for your template, I use that size to make fabric "eye-spy" balls for babies.

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    1. Thanks Joni. Yes that's a great way to use the pentagons too. I don't tend to think of baby projects any more as my kids are teenagers now and all my friends have kids around the same age. I guess in another few years and I'll start thinking baby projects again.

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  8. Such a pretty table runner. So you're saying you used your Crafter's Edge Crossover II machine to cut the papers too? I would think paper wouldn't be good for the blades. Did you have to use a special paper? Seems like a fast way to get EPP papers, though! You made quick work of the project by being able to machine straight-stitch those appliqu├ęs. Great work! Guess you're finding lots of good ways to play with your new toy.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I'm a sucker for a project with lots of texture :)

      Yes the machine cuts through just about anything. The dies aren't sharp, so I don't quite understand how it all works, but it does. They have some great EPP die sets (which I have a few for upcoming projects). The EPP sets comes with the die for cutting the paper (I use thin cardboard - manilla folders) along with the die for cutting the fabric 1/4" larger.

      You can run both dies through the machine at the same time if you like. It does only cut the paper/card a few at a time, so it's great for small projects like this. I think I'm too impatient to cut the papers for a whole EPP quilt... or I'd need to get some more dies to do more than one at a time.

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  9. do you think i will be abke to accomplish this with my cricut??? just getting ready to put the thing to work. you got me interested in hexies and now here i go again on something new .

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    1. I'm so pleased to read that you're interested in EPP too. It's quite addictive.
      Honestly, I'm not sure about the cricut as I've never used one before, but if it's the same paper/fabric cutting type of system, then yes I imagine it would work too. Happy Sewing!

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  10. I love it! Great idea to quilt first and then applique the pentagon-flowers on top. It looks just right on your table - and I love your teal couch in the background!

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    1. Thank you! When it comes to the quilting, I'm not a fan of stopping and starting to go around shapes (I'm a bit lazy like that) so figured this was an easier way.
      I do love this couch colour - we used to have a cream lounge but with kids, a husband and cat, it didn't stay looking nice for very long :)

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  11. You "grew" a very pretty garden.

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  12. You are so inspiring with your EPP. Now to find more time in the day to do handwork.

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  13. Hi,
    Beautiful Table Runner. Love all those pretty
    petals...have a great day!

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  14. Love those pentagon flowers dancing in sweet prints. Your Pentagon Flower Garden table runner is lovely.

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  15. Love your table runner. I have used pentagons to make balls, but never flowers. I love your idea. I am going to try it.

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  16. The pentagon shapes make a pretty flower! I love your low volume background, too. Beautiful finish!

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  17. What a great combination of shapes, colors, fabrics and quilting! Thank you so much for sharing your process!

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  18. Pretty flower runner - well done!

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  19. Oh my goodness, this is utterly beautiful. Pinning :-)

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  20. Love the hand-stitched details on this! So pretty. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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