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English Paper Piecing: Sewing It All Together

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part IV Sewing Your Pieces Together

Finally! You've put together your kit, decided on a pattern, and got your pieces all ready for sewing.  Now it's time to start sewing them together.  As with everything else, there is more than one way to sew in English paper piecing.  I use a whip stitch to piece them together. You can also use a ladder stitch or a flat back stitch.  I'll go into that a little more towards the end of the tutorial.

Choosing Your Thread

First, you'll need to decide on a thread color.  As I mentioned in my EPP kit tutorial, I said that you only really need a handful of colors to get started.  Even if you only had cream, medium gray, and black, you're off to a good start.  I like to have more in my kit to choose from, but you'll figure that out as you go along.

It can be easy to choose a color if your pieces are relatively close in color, but what do you do if you are sewing together light and dark pieces together, …

Getting Ready for English Paper Piecing

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part III Getting Your Pieces Ready
Welcome to Part 3 of my English paper piecing tutorial.  I apologize for taking so long to get this post out.  You know that expression "when it rains, it pours?" Well, life has been pouring of late, complete with holidays, a toddler birthday, and a wicked cold.  But I'm finally getting time to sit down and get this tutorial together, and I'm excited, because that brings us another step closer to the actual steps for sewing together your pieces (next tutorial).  I'm also working on a project that should be easy for beginner English paper piecers so that you can try out your new skills!  But first things first!



Getting your pieces ready is super easy and, like the sewing, can be done just about anywhere. You'll need your paper pieces, fabric, scissors or rotary cutter, and (if you decide to glue baste) a glue stick.  Other miscellaneous tools may come in to play depending on how you go about cut…

Putting Together Your English Paper Piecing Kit

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part II What Goes in the Kit?
Welcome to Part II of my English paper piecing tutorial! I'm excited to share what I've learned about EPP.  I hope it opens up a whole new world of quilting possibilities for you. (If you don't already know what English paper piecing is, please see Part I of my tutorial.)


Getting started in EPP is easy and can be done pretty affordably.  If you're already a quilter/sewer, there's a very good chance you already have nearly everything you need, but I'm going to give the full list for anyone who is starting completely from scratch.  Please note: Any product recommendations are based on personal experience only.  There are any number of good options out there, so experiment with other brands and see what works for you.

MUST HAVES
1. Needles: You'll want your needles to be long and thin.  Look for "straw needles" or "milliner needles" in size 10 or 11.  There are many options to choo…

What Is English Paper Piecing?

English Paper Piecing Tutorial: Part I What is English Paper Piecing?
First, let me tell you what it's not.  English paper piecing is not the same thing as foundation paper piecing, which is a technique for creating quilt blocks by having a printed design on paper (the foundation), and then sewing the fabric to the paper in a pre-arranged order using your sewing machine.

English paper piecing, or EPP, on the other hand, is a technique of quilting that uses pieces of paper to stabilize fabric so that they can be sewn together by hand.

In EPP, you start with a pattern that calls for any number of shapes, from one-shape quilts, like Grandma's Flower Garden, that's completely made up of hexagons, to those with a great number of shapes, like the New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt by Katja Marek.  
Once you've decided on a pattern, you make or purchase a number of the paper shapes needed, for example, 1" hexagons.  Then your fabric is basted to the paper (more on this in a fut…