Wednesday, May 5, 2010

English Paper Piecing

This is a bit of a how-to post regarding for paper piecing.  I just recently finished piecing a bunch of hexagons for a pillow in the works.  I have seen people do it a couple different ways. This is how I was taught. Fold sides over one at a time and baste in the corners. They can be sewn into all sorts of arrangements. Here is a youtube video that shows how this is done. It's a different technique than I learned, but the end result is the same.

I was using 3/4 inch hexagons (each side measures 3/4 inch). My paper shapes are from One of our local quilt shops carries these, but you can also order them online.

I just cut strips of fabric to take with me on the trip and cut of squares as I went.

Here is what I plan to do with all of these hexagons:

Picture from Hanies Quilts
Pattern from Issue 1 of Fat Quarterly

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