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Welcome to the English Paper Section!

What is English Paper Piecing (EPP)
English Paper Piecing is a fun easy way to make complex patch work quilts by hand. You use precut paper pieces to baste your fabric around. After basting, the pieces are whip stitched together with the paper inside to hold the accurate shape. Once a shape is completely surrounded by other shapes the center paper piece can be popped out and reused.
  One great thing about English Paper Piecing is that it is very portable. It is easy to carry a project with you in your purse or a small bag. You can piece on airplanes, in waiting rooms, at hospitals, and traveling in the car. My favorite time to paper piece is during TV time.
  The die cut Paper Pieces are reusable. Quality card stock paper (not freezer paper) allows you to reuse each piece a number of times.
  The size of a shape is determined by the length of its edge, shown as distance "S" below. This makes matching of shapes very easy. A 1" hexagon goes with a 1" diamond, which goes with a 1" triangle, etc.
 

 
Tutorials and Tools
Basting wide corners - The best shape for a beginner is the hexagon in the 1" to 1-1/2" size.
  Basting sharp corners - How to handle triangles and diamond points.
  Basting 90° corners - The corner of a square.
  Whip stitching - Putting your basted pieces together.
  Calculating Hexagons - Calculate the number of hexagons needed to make a quilt.
  Use the Hexagon or Triangle girds to design your own quilt.
 
Free Projects

Book Marks - These are fun and easy to make. Great as a gift.

Click here for PDF pattern.

 

Chatelaines - Quick and easy gifts.

Click here for hexagon PDF pattern.
Click here for square PDF pattern.

This project was provided by Rowena Boyd. Sheila Bayley and Hortencia Lago helped with the samples.

 

Ornaments - Decorate the season with these cute ornaments.

Click here for simple tree PDF pattern.
Click here for wreath PDF pattern.
Click here for present PDF pattern.
Click here for star PDF pattern.
Click here for tree PDF pattern.
 

Pincushions - All different sizes and shapes!

Click here for round with triangles (orange) PDF pattern.
Click here for round with diamonds (black/white) PDF pattern.
Click here for round with squares (red/black) PDF pattern.
Click here for triangle (green) PDF pattern.
Click here for cube (flowers) PDF pattern.
Click here for tall round (pink) PDF pattern.
Click here for pyramid (black/white) PDF pattern.
Click here for short pyramid (white) PDF pattern.

This project was provided by Rowena Boyd. Helpers of the samples are Amy Lenk, Marilyn Johnson, Kathy Riley and Tommye Gotlieb.

 

Potato Holder - Keep those finger cool with this easy project.

Click here for PDF pattern.

This project was provided by Rowena Boyd.

 

Pot Handle Holders - Keep those finger cool with this fun project.

Click here for large diamond PDF pattern.
Click here for small diamonds PDF pattern.
Click here for small diamonds PDF pattern.
Click here for squares PDF pattern.
Click here for hexagons PDF pattern.
Click here for hexagons PDF pattern.

This project was provided by Rowena Boyd.

 

Star Stuffy - Cute ornament to hang during the holidays.

Click here for PDF pattern.

Helper of this sample was Kathy Riley

 

Fish Stuffy - Cute toy for the little one.

Click here for PDF pattern.

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