English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing

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A dear friend of mine is quite the English Paper Piecing guru. I’ve watched her stitch away on various projects over the years, and would think to myself, that’s just crazy!

Hexie Flowers
Hexie Flowers

One day out of the blue, I gave it a whirl. Why, I’ll never know! In a typical fashion, I researched the heck out of it first, watching my friend demonstrate and YouTube Videos for the different methods.

I decided I would never thread baste my hexies, so I’ve been happily gluing them ever since. I use the Sewline Glue stick*. You can buy refillable cartridges* and it works great!

Sewline Glue Stick
Sewline Glue Stick

Early on, I discovered it was much easier to remove the papers if I used a hole punch on them first.

It’s then a simple matter of sliding a narrow crochet hook into the hole, and the papers pop right out!

Hole Punched Papers
Hole Punched Papers

Superior Thread’s Bottom Line* seems to be the thread of choice for English Paper Piecing, and I’m good with that, as it’s my thread of choice for many sewing projects!

The fabric line I’m using is “Boundless Ruby Rue” from Bluprint (formerly Craftsy). I don’t believe there is any of this line left. I liked it quite well and bought a ton of it when they were clearing it out.

Ruby Rue Fabrics
Ruby Rue Fabrics

I didn’t purchase my papers. Instead, I bought the GO! English Paper Piecing Hexagon-1″ Finished Sides Die* that includes both the paper and the fabric shapes. I’m very pleased with this method! It makes for an immaculate (or as close as I can get!) back.

I iron two sheets of freezer paper* together (shiny sides facing each other) for my paper templates.

Die Cut EPP
Die Cut EPP

I don’t have a layout picked out. For now, this is the portable project I take with me whenever I feel like spending a few hours sewing with my girlfriends, and don’t want to take a sewing machine along. It might take me the rest of my life, but I am very much enjoying the project!

I’ve been a bit busy this week and haven’t been able to get back to the Oak Reel appliqué quilt, but I hope to finish piecing the borders soon!

Linked up at Design Wall Monday and Main Crush Monday.

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CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. When I started EPP, I was going to make a table topper. It’s almost a queen size quilt now! I also glue baste, and have a punch for making hexies. Very relaxing. I work on it while watching baseball games.

    1. It is very relaxing! Sometimes mindless work is extremely therapeutic.

  2. That used to be my hand work of choice. Now that I’m knitting I haven’t done any EPP. Your block is gorgeous and it’s my block of choice ❤️

    1. Yay comments are working for you now Hilary! I would say I prefer knitting to EPP, however I seem to have concentration issues (lol) and often make mistakes if I knit while visiting, so EPP is the perfect handwork for me with a group. It’s mindless and I won’t screw it up.

  3. Oh so pleased you are enjoying ‘English’ Paper Piecing – It was actually invented by our American cousins 🙂 and not and English invention at all – so I am told. I enjoy the fact that I can take a portable project without a machine to meetings as well, especially on days when don’t feel like humping my machine in and out of the venue. I am beginning to think about working in red. i see so many lovely projects you make. 🙂

    1. How interesting Maureen, I hadn’t heard that! I’m excited if I can inspire you to work in red, it’s my favorite color and really all I want to work in anymore.

  4. That’s a great tip for removing the paper… I like that glue also!

  5. I feel like I made more of a mess with the glue, as I always managed to get my fingers sticky so threads stuck everywhere!

    1. I think it’s a mixed bag, about half of EPP people glue, and half baste. I haven’t nearly enough patience to baste with thread, glue it is for me 🙂

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