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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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