Some EPP Basics..

So.. I meant to post this already but some family stuff occured and running behind!

This is not meant to be an A to Z of EPP but some basics to get you started. I’m not advocating it to be the best way- just the way I found that I prefer. The main thing is for you to experiment and find something that you are comfortable with and enjoy.

What is EPP I hear? EPP or English Paper Piecing is a form of handsewn patchwork where fabric is wrapped around paper/card shapes then stitched together to create a loving delicate piece.

Some of my fellow Bee Europa are kindly helping me out with a long term pet project of this block! It’s Spring Carnival by Katy Jones (you can find more details and templates for it here from her blog Monkey Do).

Finished BlockI loved this block since I saw it and knew it be perfect for my slow growing collection of Heaven and Helsinki fabric (if anyone has any scraps of this left please send them my way 😉 happy to swap!). I’ve decided to cut into my precious Rain Basics to team with it. Fellow Bee Europa- hope you enjoy this block- I’m a sucker for symmetry you might have noticed!

Basics Kit

This is generally my travel kit (minus the book) a little tub complete with templates, fabrics, clover clip, basting thread, neutral thread, scissors and different types of needles! I know I really need find the time create a mini travel kit for me but for now this will do!

Have you come across the book Quilting on the Go yet? It’s full of inspirational designs (more on that another time).

So now onto basting…  Depending on my mood I tend to baste in two ways. You can also use Sewline Glue Pen to baste the shapes to the fabric.

Method One: Just in the Seam Allowance

Square Prep Epp  I might have been overgenerous with some of my seam allowances but generally you’ll need approx 1/4″ all around.

I found that using a Clover Clip helps me to keep it in place but you can use paperclips, hair clips or anything. To start with fold your first corner over and press keeping the fabric smooth, place a clip to hold the place and move on to the next corner.

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Do a couple of back stitches to secure the first corner then work your way around the piece smoothing the fabric as you go being careful not to go through the template but sticking within the seam allowance.

Method Two: Basting with the template

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Similar to method one but instead of using just within the seam allowance baste through the template as you work round.

There are pros and cons to both methods, the first method means your template is easier to remove and more reusable. The second method I found is more secure and stable.

Attaching The Pieces:

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Place your pieces together carefully aligning them- I use a clip again to hold it into place. To start I do a couple stitches in the seam allowance working my way up to the edge

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There are a few ways to attach the pieces together but a whip stitch is the most common- even though the stitches will be visible slightly it will be more durable. Work your way across the edge catching the very end of the fabric. There is usually a debate about how many stitches per inch but go with what’s comfortable the range that’s usually done is between 12 to 25.

Whipstitching (1)When you are done it should look something like this! For this pattern you can either attach the triangle to one side of the square before attaching to the hexagon.

Hope that’s of some use! And that some of you will delve for EPP now- there will be some kits coming into my shop soon (or send me a message if you can’t wait). Feel free to contact me if you need help or want to know more.

Happy Stitching.

Hannah.x

Tutorial: Block Pattern

Finally… it’s up! My interpretation of a Farmer’s Wife Block Pattern I saw over in the Flickr group- I’ve played around with the sizes to bring it up to a 12.5″ finished block.

This is the block I have chosen for my fellow Bee Europa to create for me and I also hope that some of you taking part in the Come Quilt With Me series will find it interesting too!

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I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did! I’ve tried to keep my method as simple as possible but if you aren’t sure about some of the construction methods there are links to previous tutorials.

Basics:

Basics

Based on the above the sizes are:

Cream:

  • 4 x 3″ x 5.5″
  • 4 x 3.5″ square
  • 4 x 3″ square

Yellow Centre: 3″ square

Green: 4 x 3.5″ square

Pink: 4 x 3.5″ square

Steps:

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First you will need to create the half square triangles (HSTS). If you are not sure please see this post on how to do it.

With two squares you will get two HSTs. Using the 3.5″ squares pair the following:

  • Green with Pink (two pairings)
  • Green with Cream (two pairings)
  • Pink with Cream (two pairings)

When you trim your squares down to size trim to 3″ square.

HST 4 HST 5

When you are done you should have a nice collection! It’s time to arrange the layout. Each “petal” of the block is essentially the same, it is just arranged differently around the centre.

Take one of each type of HST previously created and a 3″ cream square- arrange as above. You will need to create four of these. To achieve a decent point I found nested seams the best method (details here).

Layout

Next you will need to construct three rows:

  • 1 of center 3″ square joined on either side by a 3 x 5.5″ cream piecce
  • 2 of petals with a cream 3 x 5.5″ piece in the middle

Take care when arranging your petals to ensure it is in the correct place. Once your rows are done you can turn it into a block! Again if you nested seams it will help with your points.

FinishOctagon Flower Center QuiltHow was that? In case you are wondering what my plans are for this quilt is to have all these flower blocks surrounding my huge 22″ Octagon Flower block.

Heaven and Helsinki Rain Fabric

Some kind souls in Bee Europa are helping me out with a longterm pet project of mine. An EPP wallhanging using Rain Basics and Heaven and Helsinki. Aren’t they gorgeous? Tomorrow I’ll go through the basics of EPP and the block I’ve chosen.

Bee Europa Fabric PacksBut for now… happy stitching and hopefully all of the above packs will have reached their destinations 🙂

Hannah.x