Must-Try Trends: English Paper Piecing

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We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary here at American Quilter’s Society, and it has us looking back at the trends that have shaped the quilting world and the trends of the moment fueling the future of quilting. This month, we’re trying English Paper Piecing or EPP for short.

English Paper Piecing is a construction technique that uses paper templates. Fabric is folded over the template, basted, and whip stitched together, usually by hand. EPP is a little bit magic; you can create blocks and motifs from most any shape with ease and it’s easy to take EPP projects along with you on trips and errands.

How to Try This Trend

We have a tutorial you can download by CLICKING HERE that takes you step-by-step through the basics of English Paper Piecing. One you have the basics, it’s a matter of cutting out some templates and getting inspired. We’ve got you covered with both! Load up the printer with cardstock and grab these free EPP patterns.

6 Vintage One-Patch Blocks

Try any of these six vintage one-patch blocks.

Darlene & Teresa’s EPP Sunbeam Block

Let the sunshine in with this EPP block.

English Paper Piecing Isn’t Just for Hexagons

This beautiful block also has really great advice for leaving seam allowances at the exterior edges of EPP blocks.

English Paper Piecing Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

English Paper Piecing is usually done by hand, but that’s not your only option! Learn how to machine EPP with Karen K. Stone’s innovative techniques.

Free Tutorial: EPP and Me, a Guide to English Paper Piecing

If you’d like to read more about English Paper Piecing, our own Ann Hammel, Editor in Chief of AQ Magazine, wrote a wonderful tutorial.

Ready for more inspiration?

Check out our Must-Try Pinterest board full of English Paper Piecing eye-candy.

Have you tried this trend? Show us your creations in our Facebook group, AQS Quilting Project Parade. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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Diane

What is the difference between English paper piecing and our traditional paper piecing?