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Video tutorial: English paper piecing (EPP) mini quilt

Video tutorial: English paper piecing (EPP) mini quilt

This is the perfect project to learn English paper piecing. It’s small enough to get results straight away.

I like the zig zag pattern too. You don’t see it very often but in a large scale, and if you choose your fabrics carefully, the end result can be spectacular.

How to do English paper piecing mini quilt tutorial

Learn to do English paper piecing in just over 2 minutes:

There’re only 3 steps to start doing English paper piecing:

  1. Download the hexagon template (google doc).
  2. Print the required size  (this project uses the 1 inch pattern) on thick or plain paper – I used plain printer paper.
  3. Cut the patterns and get sewing

Two important points to make:

  1. Before printing make sure you’re printing at 100% to avoid surprises.
  2. Leave the paper template in until you have finished sewing all  hexies together

Mini quilt instructions

Print 60  hexagon templates (Google doc).

Make 30 yellow hexies and 30 blue hexies as shown on the video tutorial.

You can make this EPP piece into a mini quilt.

Stay tuned for a tutorial where I will be using this piece to make a cushion cover.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C05 – Eye of the Cyclone

 

The method to make block B02 is the  base to this block.

The block is a bit fiddly but it’s not hard to make though appliqué is still a bit of a challenge for me and the curves aren’t very smooth.

The original block and the instruction ns on the pattern indicate that the outside clover shape should be made out of a 4 patch block but that’s not what I did.

Instructions

I cut 2 x 5 1/2 inch squares in white and 2 x 5 1/2 inch squares in green and made 2 pinwheels as shown on the video:

I printed the Susan Gatewood’s pattern and stuck the outside clover together with sticky tape to make a pattern. I appliquéd this on top of the double pinwheel at the end.

I cut off the paper inside the clover.

To work out the size of the circle, I used the pattern and a compass.

The circle’s diameter is 3 inches. I drew a circle on to freezer paper and cut out.

I cut the circle out and made sure it was wide enough to fit into the clover.

I pressed the circle to the back of one of the pinwheels and drew another circle around adding 1/4 inch seam allowance.

I cut out the shape and placed it on top of the other pinwheel as per picture. I used a headpin to help aligning the centre on both pinwheels.

I pinned the circle well before appliquéing.

I cut out the excess fabric at the back.

 

Then I removed the freezer paper and pressed well.

Then I traced the clover on to freezer paper.

And cut the freezer paper adding 1/4 inch all around the shape.

Then I cut along the blue line and made a few incisions around the curves.

I then appliquéd the white shape to the background.

I trimmed off excess fabric.

And this is the finished block.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

How to put all the Dear Jane blocks together with QAYG

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

 

 

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row C: JAS-C04 – Tic Tac Toe

In spite of what I thought when I saw the pattern below, this block was a lot easier and even less time consuming than I anticipated.

I downloaded the block on Susan Gatewood’s website. I’ve done the quilt using her blocks and up until now they’ve all been perfect. I think her patterns are closer to the original than the book’s diagrams.

This pattern has quite a few very tiny pieces. I’m again very happy I’m doing this quilt using paper piecing. I don’t know how else I would have managed the tic tac toe central piece. The smallest pieces are 1/4 inch squares!

But I managed! No piece is too small when foundation paper piecing!

At this stage I’m thinking how I am going to remove the paper.

I’m quite satisfied with this block.  And happy it is over.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

How to do foundation paper piecing

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.