Learning how to English Paper Piece (EPP)

Brimfield Blocks – that’s what caught my EPP attention!

As I am somewhat new to the EPP world, I’ll be honest: I don’t really know what I am doing here, but I want to share this journey with you because I am having a blast learning along the way! I learned some English Paper Piecing tricks last month at quilt con and I haven’t been able to put it down ever since.

I saw the Brimfield Blocks and immediately fell in love, and knew I had to try it. And since I am the type of person to always dive right in, I got the paper pieces in 3 sizes: Bitty Brimfield, Baby Brimfield, and the regular size Brimfield. I plan to make all the sizes and incorporate them all into one quilt.

So far, I have not gotten very far, but I want to share with you some of the very important tools I’ve been using that have been essential so far.

Once you get all your supplies together, you begin by trimming your scraps into the correct shapes and sizes. This is where the Add a Quarter ruler really comes in handy, unless you get the specific acrylic templates for the pattern.

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The next step is to baste your fabric onto the paper pieces. I use the Sewline Glue Pen and Refills for this and it works great!

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After you have all your pieces glued into place, you sew them together. There are two main methods for sewing your EPP project together: whip stitch & flat back stitch. Since this project has curves, I would definitely recommend using the Flat Back stitch.

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