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Learn How to English Paper Piece


English Paper Piecing (EPP) has been on my bucket list for a year or so. I bought the basic supplies. I have the 1” hexagon template, the 1” triangle template, papers, glue, and Wonderfil thread. Now what?

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Carolina Moore has written a book, “Learn How to English Paper Piece”, available at  It is beautifully laid out with color photographs. The projects are broken down into easy to follow steps.  And did you know, EPP is portable.




The book shares the basics of how to paper piece hexagons and diamonds, and then provides step-by-step instructions for how to make 10 projects:

Hexie Pillow: basic hexagon piecing. And adding a zipper.

Zippered Pouch: Making a zippered pouch is a skill all sewists should learn!

Mason Jar Drawstring Pouch: Adding buttonholes and a draw-string.

Pillowcase Dress: This is the first project in the book that shows how to applique EPP

Hexie Placemats: The hexagons are appliqued down during the quilting

Grandmother’s Flower Patch Quilt: A much simpler alternative to the “Grandmother’s Flower Garden”

Handmade Hexagon Tech Pouch: Adding a clasp, dealing with irregular borders.

Diamond Tote: The first project in the book with diamonds

Fussy-Cut Coasters: Talking about how to fussy cut, and creating a fussy cutting template

Dream Catchers: More on Fussy cutting, and an on-trend project in a hoop


Should I make the zippered pouch first or the hexi pillow? I love them all. Which project will you make first?  Carolina put together a blog hop. Take a minute to visit the others to see what some of them have already made.


Friday, January 25th: Carolina from Always Expect Moore

Saturday, January 26th: Linda from Linda B Creative and Havalah from Sisters, What

Sunday, January 27th: Teresa from Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under and Stephanie from Modern Sewciety

Monday, January 28th: Jen from Faith and Fabric and Alicia from Sew What Alicia

Tuesday, January 29th: Sherry from Powered by Quilting and Marie from Underground Crafter

Wednesday, January 30th: Brooke from Brooklyn Berry Designs and Melody from Two Maker Chicks

Thursday, January 31st: Ali from Home Crafts by Ali and Sarah from Quilted Diary

Friday, February 1st: Bobbie from the Geeky Bobbin and Gemia from Phat Quarters

Saturday, February 2nd: Beth from Garland Girl Quilts and Bobbi from Snowy Days Quilting

Sunday, February 3rd: Kirsty from and Simone from Charmed Life Quilting

Monday, February 4th: Aimee from Things Small and Simple and Mathew from Mister Domestic

Tuesday, February 5th: Kathy from Kathy’s kwilts and more and Kim from Stitched in Purple

Wednesday, February 6th: Audrey from the Cloth Parcel and Anorina from Samelia’s Mum

Thursday, February 7th: Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts and Lauren from Molly and Mama

Friday, February 8th: Sarah from Saroy and Stephanie from Swoodson Says


Purchase your copy of Carolina’s book today.



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2018 Color of the Year

Thank you Pantone! Purple and its various forms has been my favorite color since I was five. I know everyone does not share my passion for purple. With the announcement of Ultra Violet 18-3838 as the 2018 color of the year, I am excited to see how my favorite color will shine. How will you use Ultra Violet 18-3838 in your upcoming projects?


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Day 2

IMG_3328[645]Can you see it? Right there, a little to the right of middle in the picture. Look between the two plastic tubs and the black batting. That my friends is my…cutting table.

Am I the only one that pulls everything out before I am ready to start the project? I need to clean off the table and make a list. The projects on the table range from key fob patterns to be made for gifts, two quilts to be made for Christmas, the fabric for several zippered pouches, a couple of cork bags, the beginnings of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, and my current leader/ender project. Whew!

I have some work to do before I can watch Clemson in the ACC championship game tonight. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday everyone. Go Tigers!