All over the crafty internet right now, it seems like everyone is quilting. Hexagons, triangles, and all manor of fabric-fuelled geometry abound, and right at the center of all of that quilt-y goodness is the rise in popularity of English paper piecing! English paper piecing—EPP for short—is a hand-quilting technique that allows complete beginners and master quilters alike to use geometric paper templates to create crisp points and sharp edges in fabric, resulting in beautiful, consistent shapes that are easy to match and easy to piece together. Just in time for all the fun, All Points Patchwork, a new book from author and long-time friend of CRAFT Diane Gilleland, brings a wealth of EPP knowledge together in one amazing book that’s part detailed reference guide, part dazzling project inspiration portfolio, and entirely delightful!
And now, thanks to Diane and Storey Publishing, we’re able to share an excerpt of this recently published book with you!
About the book:
All Points Patchwork
English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects
By Diane Gilleland
The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up — which is no easy feat! Thanks to the rediscovery of a traditional technique known as English paper piecing, success is now possible for quilters of all levels. By cutting the desired shapes from paper, basting the paper to the back of your fabric, and then hand-sewing the pieces together, you’ll ensure perfectly matched points every time. This complete course in English paper piecing takes you far beyond traditional hexagons with step-by-step photos showing you how to connect triangles, octagons, diamonds, jewels, triangles, tumblers, pentagons, and curved shapes. It even provides dozens of ideas for incorporating the pattern designs into clothing, pillows, quilts, and home decor items!
Excited to try your hand at English piecing?
You’re in luck! Learn all about EPP templates—including suggestions for the best materials to use when making your own or when buying them ready-made—with this downloadable guide to choosing templates, excerpted with permission from All Points Patchwork.
Smitten? You can find more about the book, including options for buying a copy of your own, on Storey Publishing’s website: All Points Patchwork