English Paper Piecing


I started a new project last night, one I’ve been dying to try for ages.  I’m so glad I did, I’m totally addicted already.  It’s English Paper piecing… basically patchwork by hand with the use of little paper templates.  I was looking for a portable craft that didn’t need an iron straight off or a lot of equipment, so I can do it on the move or in front of the TV.  This fits the bill perfectly.

I’ve been collecting fat quarters for a while so I already had some lovely material to hand.  I decided on a ‘flower’ to start which I’m going to make into a pin cushion, and then move onto a small quilt.

So I got to work cutting out the hexagons last night, so quick and easy, just pin a paper template on and cut around.


Then baste the edges over to secure the template and start sewing together with a tiny whip stitch.  I was worried what colour thread to use as I’ve got both dark and light fabric.  I went with white and it looked fine as the stitches are pretty invisible.  Oops just looked through my photos and realised I didn’t take a picture of the back, but feast your eyes on these pretty fabrics instead!


An hour or so later and ta dah


I just need to remove the pins and attach to a backing piece to make my pin cushion.  So happy with this, can’t wait to plan out a whole quilt!


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