It seems to be back again, or for some of you it never actually went away! English Paper Piecing or EPP is back in vogue. Sew-along groups are popping up all over in one shape or another, (pardon the pun), but yes for those who are not familiar with the technique, it’s making fabric shapes using pieces of paper and sewing them together, usually by hand and it can be very addictive. It’s a form of sewing on the go, a very portable hobby! But then it’s just as nice to do in front of the TV with a cup of tea, or a glass of wine?
Done in all shapes and sizes, once you know the technique your imagination can run riot! You can turn your creations not only into quilts, but into bags and homeware, even presents. Remember Mother’s day is early this year on March 6th.
So how do you do it? Well I would love to show you how and the best place to start is with hexagons. So I have developed a class which teaches you everything you need to know to get started with English Paper Piecing, You will learn all about cutting both paper and fabric, how to prepare them, as well as different ways of sewing them together. Not only that I will then show you how to make your own templates, to save buying expensive plastic ones, so that you can learn to ‘quilt-as-you-go‘. This is a form of padding within the shape. Once you have a bunch of these sewn together you have a ready made quilt easy!
Don’t forget miniature quilts too, I am thinking inchies, I will show you it’s just as easy to make a patchwork quilt for a doll too! Before you know it you will be sewing ‘Millefiore’ quilts and joining one of the quilt-along groups who are trying these on Facebook and Pinterest. They are really amazing, similar to the hexagon quilt below, but using lots of different shapes and not just hexys.
I will be running the hexagon class once a month for you and the first one is tomorrow (see here). Short notice I know, but don’t worry if you are thinking I won’t have time to get the supplies, I have everything you need at the Sewing Room, so you can buy your fabric and equipment on the day if need be, but I would be surprised if you don’t own some scrap fabric already?