English Paper Piecing 101: Hand Quilting

English Paper Pieced hexagons are all the rage in hand quilting right now. Such a fun little project to use up your scraps while you sit in front of the TV or on the beach! The technique involves basting fabrics over paper templates and then sewing the shapes together by hand. In this introductory workshop for English paper piecing, you will learn the basic techniques, including how to cut the fabric, cut the templates, baste the pieces, and hand sew them together along with tips and tricks to complete the project successfully. We all need to bring balance to our screen-heavy lifestyles. Meditative hobbies such as English paper piecing (EPP) require you to unplug and slow down. EPP can’t be rushed. As you settle into your project, your whole body will be nurtured by the simple, repetitive process. Enjoy it in silence, in nature, or among friends. In every instance, once you find your rhythm, EPP will often take on a lovely, healing quality.

Supplies needed: • Precut English paper pieces: 1.5-inch hexagons (or other desired size) • Thread • Several hand sewing needles • Thimble • Assorted colors of cotton quilting fabric scraps, 5-inch square or larger, or fat quarters • scissors • Pen or pencil for taking notes • Clear tape or blue painters tape or several clover clips or several small paper clips of binder clips • Cardstock for cutting out pattern • Water-soluble fabric glue stick, such as Sewline or Elmers glue stick • Rotary cutter and cutting mat • Acrylic quilting ruler