9 Tips for English Paper PiecingApr 15, 2021
Hey quilters! English Paper Piecing (EPP) can be a challenge. Lots of design selection, fabric selection, and of course all the cutting out, hand basting and hand or machine sewing. I have discovered a few tricks and tips for you to consider before you start your next EPP project.
Before you cut out all the pieces for the whole quilt, start by cutting and sewing just about 6 hexagons to see if you like the process.
I like to draw out a design on hexagon graph paper. Then color it in with colored pencils to see layout options. I prefer star and diamond patterns.
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100% cotton fabrics are best for paper-piecing projects. I prefer batiks because they are more tightly woven. You will also want to use thread that matches the fabrics.
If you are going to fussy-cut your fabric, you may want to purchase a plastic template to see your fabric placement when you cut.
If you decide not to use a reusable self-sticking template, use a water-soluble glue stick to temporarily glue fabric to the templates, instead of thread basting.
Choose a contrasting thread color when basting stitches so they are easy to see. I like to use a matching silk thread when joining hexagons together.
If you' are using scrappy fabrics in your hexagons, a gray or taupe thread matches most fabrics when joining together.
I prefer to use Wonder Clips, instead of pins to hold the hexagons together while sewing. It keeps from get stuck with the pins.
My biggest tip is the enjoy the process!
I hope this is helpful to you on your next EPP quilt or project.
Happy Quilting, Janell