English Paper Piecing Basics: Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina & Oregon


This summer, we’re making our way through the Quilt USA quilt! We have 50 states block patterns all ready to go, and an applique center proudly displaying the USA. Click Here for all the blocks and goodies including fabric requirements. To help you along, we’re bringing you a different technique each week that will help you with different blocks. This week, we’re working on English Paper Piecing basics to make our state blocks.

Put your English Paper Piecing skills to work with these fun state blocks. Gather your fabrics and use the links below to access the patterns. Let’s get started.

Click here for the Iowa block pattern

Triangles and a single square make this block pop.


Click Here for the Kentucky block pattern

Diamonds and triangles dance in the Kentucky block.

Click Here for the Michigan block pattern

Kites and octagons make starbursts in Oregon’s state block.

Click Here for the North Carolina block pattern

Triangles, rectangles, kites, and a square shine in the North Carolina block.

Click Here for the Oregon block pattern

Squares, rectangles, triangles, and even some irregular hexagons (let’s call them leaf shapes) make Oregon’s state block stand out.

English Paper Piecing

We have a handy guide to get you started with EPP. It includes basting and stitch techniques to get you sewing.

Click Here to see the guide.

Following an EPP Assembly Guide

We also have a tutorial for following EPP assembly guides and it features the Kentucky state block.  The tutorial breaks down how to look at and handle the different shapes in an EPP block to avoid Y-seams, and to tackle Y-seams.

Click Here to see the tutorial!

epp assembly guide

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