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April 29th, 2012, 05:24 AM
I never in a million years would have tried English Paper piecing on my own. It looked involved and pointless and a slow process. Our guild was offering a class yesterday and the DH had to pull 24 duty and the kids went with my ex husband for the weekend so I was going to be all alone so i decided to go even if I hated it I would just visit with everyone else. I loved it~!! I would recommend people try it. It is not as slow as I thought and I'm going to do a quilt out of it. We started with hexagons so it's looking like grandmas flower garden but I'm going to do a star shape like the teacher had done. I'm really impressed! Found that you can buy the paper templates as well because I'm still not excited about cutting paper but thought I would share!! After 10 years of quilting you can always learn something new!! I'm always waiting around for the DH to get released so I'm going to stick a project in the car!

April 29th, 2012, 09:01 AM
English paper piecing is a wonderful thing!!! I like it because it's something I can take with me when I travel and also I can make hexies while spending time with DH in front of the TV in the evening. I have almost enough for a smallish quilt. A good source for your paper pieces is: paperpieces.com. Good prices - good service - good people. :)

April 29th, 2012, 10:00 AM
I guess I will have to look into paper piecing. I have never done it and really don't know much about it. I need to look it up and learn so I don't feel so dumb about it.

April 29th, 2012, 10:54 AM
I've done paper piecing but not the english paper piecing. I've seen alot of people talk about it so I guess I'm going to have to try it.

Sandy Navas
April 29th, 2012, 10:58 AM
Here's a link to some templates that you can print and cut - the first has some very detailed instructions and a couple different designs you can do using the hexagons: http://www.amygunson.com/Sewing/Paper%20Piecing.pdf
Check the last two pages for the templates.

A free sheet of hexis that you can print - you can enlarge for a different size, too.

This site has templates you can order: http://www.paperpieces.com/contents/en-us/d16.html

Some free downloads: http://moxyideas.com/?page_id=328
http://www.connectingthreads.com/Patterns/Free_English_Paper_Piecing_patterns__L60101114.htm l

Cat n bull
April 29th, 2012, 11:21 AM
I love english paper piecing too! I used it when I needed a multi-shaped design for my dog bed cover.



April 29th, 2012, 05:28 PM
OK--stupid question time. Is there a difference in English paper piecing and paper piecing?


Cat n bull
April 29th, 2012, 06:31 PM
OK--stupid question time. Is there a difference in English paper piecing and paper piecing?


Yes. English paper piecing is fabric wrapped around and basted to the paper pattern piece and hand sewn together. Paper pieceing is also called foundation piecing, where you use your machine and follow the sewing lines on the paper/foundation pattern.

K. McEuen
April 29th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Here is a link to printing your own paper pieces, this is the hexagon link, but you can get to other shapes from the page. You can choose which size you want to piece as well.


April 30th, 2012, 12:13 AM
paper piecing is not hard at all. I did my tessellating fish with paper piecing and it came out just the way I wanted. Pics in my album.

April 30th, 2012, 03:08 AM
Thanks for all the links!!! I'm glad people teach different skills I definitely like this one. There are never stupid questions, it's curiosity!! English Paper Piecing is all hand work, I can't find a pic of the quilt I'm making but when the teacher sends it I will show what I'm going off of. It's just beautiful!! giant star from the hexagons and some accents around it. Can't wait to finish!!!

April 30th, 2012, 07:34 PM
I signed up for a free BOM class at Craftsy.com. The two blocks for April were Eng pp. I had never done it before & thought it would be way too complicated, but I LOVE IT! I finished my 2 blocks and then cut a bunch of squares and started working on a GFG on a recent road trip. It isn't the fastest thing in the world but it is fun and like others said, something to do on the go or while waiting in the Dr.'s office etc. I will try to post a pic of the 2 BOM squares I completed.

Claire Hallman
April 30th, 2012, 08:02 PM
I love what you did with the Craftsy BOM for April. Very creative version, I like it much better than the actual pattern.
I just cut mine out today and will work on it on a road trip coming up Thursday.

August 19th, 2012, 10:09 PM
I had picked up a small package of pre-cut EPP pieces at the Dallas Quilt show 2 years ago. Figured the cost of $5.00 was cheap enough if I didn't like it. I am now working on my 4th EPP quilt! It's a great travel project. Certainly not anything that you will finish in a few days, but the results are really spectacular. I get all of my pieces from paperpieces.com.

August 19th, 2012, 10:36 PM
I too have fallen in love with English Paper Piecing - I do it in the evening 'cause I can't just watch TV with DH. Have to TV & Laptop or TV & Cross-Stitch. I did this pillow 3D, just need to stuff it now and stitch it closed, used a super thin applique needle. Barb (Bubby) recommended a #10 In Between, what a difference - it's short size does take a little getting use to at first but it makes it much easier to work neater and faster. I can do a much more consistent 1/8" apart with this tiny needle. Thanks Barb! :)



August 20th, 2012, 12:04 PM
I have an English Paper Piecing tutorial (http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com/2011/10/english-paper-piecing-video-tutorials.html) for anyone that might be interested.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6207/6031132208_0e8f8f1075_m.jpg (http://www.katiesquiltingcorner.com/2011/10/english-paper-piecing-video-tutorials.html)

I get my diecut templates from Paperpieces.com (http://www.paperpieces.com/) - it's worth it to me that they are uniform. I tried cutting my own templates but found the hexies didn't go together as easily since I'm only human and can't cut perfect corners. The diecut templates are thicker and last for several bastings so I can reuse them quite a few times.