Welcome to The Round Robin Edition 19 – English Paper Piecing.
in the sewing room
This past week I’ve been working on the Cricut Maker. It’s been fun to explore new options, and one that I am kind of testing out is cutting my own templates for hexagons!
So fun. In a local modern quilt group I attend we learned all about English paper piecing and tried a few new tips. I was able to cut out all the templates out for everyone….in less than 1/2 an hour! So quick. And much better than scissor work (though, that works great as well).
I don’t have anything made up using those hexagons…but maybe a new project will be coming!
Hope you have a wonderful week,
today’s topic English Paper Piecing
- Hole punch all your shapes so I can simply take out the thread and *pop* out the papers. This keeps the fabric shape nice and makes it easy to reuse the papers!
- Try out thread basting and glue basting…and go for what you like best. I’ve tried both and I like the glue– it’s a bit quicker, but you might not be able to reuse the shape afterwards.
- Dig into your fabric scraps first! Epp is the perfect project for using up the smallest of fabric scraps!
- Directional fabric is fussy. Make sure you are lining your template up just how you want before cutting.
- When you’re stitching your shapes together, use close & careful stitches and pull the thread tight. You can use a whipstitch along the side, or along the bottom– neat little trick!
- If you want to save $$ with your epp, grab printable templates. Then you can simply print at home & cut your own shapes.
- Use a quilters knot or backstitch in the same place a couple of times to secure the thread.
In the evening, there are some times when I just need a little project to work on. Maybe something that I don’t really need to think about. It comes together fairly quick and there aren’t a lot of extra pieces laying around like a hoop and a bunch of thread.
Hexagons are just that for me. To me it is kind of mindless work that doesn’t require a whole lot of concentration or effort.
The hexagon flower is right now what I am obsessed about. There are a few other flowers hanging about besides this little cutie. I am sure the pile will become large enough to do something with.
How to English Paper Piece Video… click here to read more.
Make a Flower Hexagon Pin Cushion… click here to read more
Hexagon projects & Video Tutorials…. click here to read more
Make your own templates… click here to read more
Ultimate English Paper piecing blog post…. click here to read more
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