Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tip Tuesday! English Paper Piecing

"Tip Tuesday!" - English Paper Piecing

I love learning new things and then sharing that knowledge with my quilting friends. So, every Tuesday I'll provide some tips, hints, tricks, tutorials, shortcuts, etc. that I've learned over the years and share them here on the blog. 

"Tip Tuesday" will be a collection of information about a wide variety of subjects garnered from a large variety of sources.  I am not an expert by any means and do not take credit for being the great wizard behind all of these hints and tips. I will gladly give due credit whenever possible.

These tips will be archived and accessible to you just by clicking on the "Tip Tuesday" tab above. 

Read, enjoy, and be inspired!
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 As I quickly (and finally), approach the last of the blocks for my English Paper Pieced Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt, I figured that this is was a good time to have a tutorial on the technique.


I've been working on these blocks for a very long time, but not steadily. There have been times that I've stitched like crazy and finished blocks quickly and easily. There have been other times that I sew a little, put it away, and don't get it back out for months. 

The container is full and they all look so pretty.


Even though I have two more blocks to complete, I couldn't help but lay some of them out to get a feel for what the quilt will look like.



I made this sketch when I first began working on these blocks and there will be some changes; but overall, the quilt will look like this when it's done. 


I've had a number of people ask me about how to make these blocks so I thought this would be a good time for a Tip Tuesday! tutorial. 

As I was prepping for the post, I gathered up the information I use when I teach this quilt. This is a really good project to make as an introduction to English Paper Piecing because it is small enough that it can easily and quickly be completed, yet it is large enough to ensure that you really get a grip on mastering the technique.


I had forgotten that I included a link in the information with a wonderful on-line tutorial. I did that in case a student had to put the project away and not get back to it for quite some time. I figured that my written information would help, but that but this tutorial would be even better.


I love this collage of all the steps for English Paper Piecing! As you can see in the last two pictures here, she is not making the same block that I am; but it doesn't matter. The technique is the same.


Check out the tutorial and give this a try. It is a wonderful project to have if you need something that you can take "on the go."

1 comment:

Chris Henson said...

Brings back good memories of a class I took...

Your quilt be awesome when it is finished. A family heirloom to be treasured!