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How to English Paper Piece – sewing pieces together

How to English paper piece

In this series of blog posts, I’ve talked about start up supplies (what my favorites are) and discussed glue basting (also my favorite). Now that you know how to prepare for sewing, lets get going! In this video, I’ll show you how I sew my paper pieces together once they’re basted. There are many, many ways to accomplish this. I’m showing my favorite methods, in case you haven’t seen them before, in the hopes of inspiring you to try new things!

There are different kinds of stitches you can use to sew the pieces together. My go to is a simple whip stitch, but I’ve heard people rave about the flat back stitch. I tried the flat back stitch, and it wasn’t for me–but you might love it (so def. check it out!).

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Sewing the pieces together

To knot…or not?

I’m probably in the minority when I say I don’t tie many knots while I’m EPPing. To start my stitches, I’ll sew a few stitches in place and make sure they’re snug and right on top of each other, rather than knotting. Ending, however, is a different story. I do tend to knot my thread consistently when my thread runs out or I get the the end of a piece and need to break thread. I also prefer to not tie knots in the end of my thread…simply because I’m lazy. After all the EPPing I’ve done, I’m confident my stitches are secure and I’m not too worried about breaking seams or threads coming undone. Find what you like and what works for you and go with it! And don’t let anyone else try to tell you that your way is wrong. I like to share the methods I use, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way. This is your journey, and you’ve got to find your own way.

For the love of EPP

I’m so excited for you to start your EPP journey (or maybe you’re already on it), and I’d love to hear about some of your favorite projects and see what you’ve made! Here are a few of my favorites, and works in progress:

My “Quilt” using the letter Q from Whole Circle Studio’s Typecast of characters pattern

Above is the Letter “Q” I EPPed for Sheri’s blog tour and then made into a small wall hanging with some quilted ghost letters. These letters are so much fun to stitch and incorporate into projects. You can see more of Sheri’s work at Whole Circle Studio.

Trippy Triangles

Above is some of the piecing I did for my Trippy Triangles pattern (soon to be released). I love the modern look of this pattern and it will be one I recreate over and over again with different fabrics.

My never ending scrap buster project

Above is my never ending scrap buster project that I stitch occasionally when I’ve got leftover fabrics. There isn’t a pattern for this one that I’ve sewn–I just drew up some little pieces and cut them out by hand to piece this together on the run. So now that I’ve shown you mine, I’d love to see some of your projects! What are you working on? Or if you’re new to EPP, what are some EPP projects you’ve been eyeing? Drop me a comment or post your project on instagram and tag me @kustomkwilts 🙂 Happy sewing!

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English Paper Piecing – Getting started and basic supplies

english paper piecing supplies

If you’ve spent any amount of time on my blog or Instagram, you know by now that I LOVE sewing and quilting. SO much so that I like to have a travel-friendly project I can take with me, whether it’s in the car, waiting at the doctor’s office, taking my daughter to the dentist, etc., to help pass the time. While English paper piecing is fun, it is much slower than powering up your sewing machine and zipping through a few seams. There’s something meditative about it that helps the craziness of the world to fade away for just a moment and let you appreciate the thoughtfulness of a stitch. English paper piecing appealed to me first when I was still an ag teacher. A lot of times, I’d be on a school bus with kids and nothing to do for hours while we traveled to judging contest OR I’d be stuck in a hotel room at night, not able to go to sleep and wishing for something productive to do. So I started dabbling in EPP. My husband bought me the La Passacaglia kit (Pattern by Willyne Hammerstein) for my birthday and I was totally hooked. I want to take the time to share my favorite English Paper Piecing supplies and tips in the video below.

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