English Paper Piecing, affectionately known as EPP, is a delightful way to take your sewing on the road! You don’t have to be a quilter to appreciate the joys of calm hand stitching and the lovely things you can create. EPP Projects are fun, easy to do and small enough to tuck in a tote or zippered bag to carry in the car. You’ll love the gorgeous projects we’ve gathered for you today from talented designers, teachers and authors. Start small with a coaster and work your way through to the amazing pillow top. Stitching bliss is easily within your reach as you travel this Summer!
The Importance of Thread
You’re rolling down the road, pull out your fabulous EPP projects, get ready to thread your needle and . . . DISASTER! You’ve forgotten the thread!! And, there are no fabric shops in the beautiful mountains, plains or desert where you’re traveling. So, let’s fix that before you start. Shop for matching thread now, pack full spools and your On the Road EPP will be a totally-prepared-for delight!
The best choices:
- Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Thread – practically perfect in so many ways!
- Coats and Clark Cotton Covered Quilting Thread – a strong, smooth, quilter’s favorite!
- Coats and Clark Machine Quilting Thread – never frays, easily threads and rarely knots!
These beautiful Hexie Coasters are the perfect first time EPP projects to take on the road! They’re small and easy to make so you’ll have satisfying results quickly. Designed by expert quilter Diane Gilleland for Robert Kaufman’s Swatch & Stitch blog, the coasters were originally designed for pre-cut solid hexies. Since those are no longer available, you’ll use Diane’s free PDF cutting guide template and just add a ¼” seam allowance. You’ll need several colors or prints, cotton batting and coordinating thread and a few other supplies for your 5-1/2” x 6-1/2” coasters. Once your materials are assembled, enjoy following Diane’s thorough instructions that are great even for beginners. Her clear layout diagram and simple steps will have you addicted to English Paper Piecing as quick as you can say Coaster! Click here for the Hexie Coasters tutorial.
Two EPP Pincushions
Once you’ve made your first EPP projects, you’ll be ready to add a little dimension with these adorable Pincushions. Teresa Down Under shares her fabulous English Paper Piecing tips in a video tutorial on our Sewn Up blog. Her included PDF template includes Cobblestone squares and multiple Hexie sizes. Print the templates on cardstock for durability and they’ll be perfect to keep on hand for future projects. Take your pincushion stitching on the road and get a head start on your handmade holiday gift list! Click here for the Two EPP Pincushions tutorial.
Pentagon Sachet Ball
Isn’t this a beautiful project? Excerpted from Diane Gilleland’s All Points Patchwork book, the Pentagon Sachet Ball will give you excellent practice working with a different shape for your EPP Projects. Another great gift idea, Diane suggests making your pentagons larger to create a baby toy, too. Both just right for road trip stitching! Diane’s nicely photo illustrated steps lead you through an interesting and clever method for assembling this three-dimensional ball. Your stuffed, scented, sachets can be used right away. Finish several on your trip, then hang one in the car and pack the rest in your luggage. Click here for the Pentagon Sachet Ball tutorial on the Storey Publishing site.
Hexie Border Pillowcase
Now that you’re addicted to English Paper Piecing, what else can you do with those sweetly stitched little shapes? Lisa and Sarah, mother/daughter team at A Spoonful of Sugar Designs turned their EPP projects obsession into beautiful pillowcases! Lucky for us, they share the instructions for assembling these beauties in two tutorials on their blog. Great for scrap busting, you’ll stitch multi patterned hexies in rows that can be attached to the pillowcases once you land back home. Again, these are fabulous gifts and you’ll have fun stitching hexie rows as you dream of who to gift them to for birthdays or holidays! Click here for the Hexie Border Pillowcase tutorial.
Mini-Charm Pack Hexie Pillow
Pull out those 2-1/2” mini-charm packs you’ve been collecting and let’s follow Jessee of the Art School Dropout blog. Her Charm Pack Hexie Pillow is magnificent and a great way to keep your stitching fingers happy rolling down the road. Jessee used her cutting machine to create hexie templates, but you could easily cut your own or buy pre-cut templates. The template you’ll find in Diane Gilleland’s Hexie Coaster post (above) would be perfect for the pillow, too. You’ll find several options for quilting your pillow cover in Jessee’s tutorial. You can hand quilt while you’re traveling or save it for your machine when you get back home. Don’t miss Jessee’s picture of her completed hexie pillow top hung in front of a window. It’s absolutely stunning and may inspire you to create a curtain with your EPP skills! Click here for the Charm Pack Hexie Pillow tutorial.
Hexagon Cutting Pattern Method
Anita Grossman Solomon is a skilled quilter, teacher and book author who believes in the power of simple. She generously shares a method for efficient hexagon cutting in a free download on Bluprint (formerly Craftsy). This is not a tutorial for EPP Projects, but a cutting plan you will be thrilled to learn. Anita demonstrates how to economically cut as many as 11 hexagons of various sizes from just one 10” square! In addition to the Bluprint download, Anita includes a YouTube tutorial link with English Paper Piecing project ideas and views of an amazing vintage hexagon quilt. It’s well worth your time and it’s free! Click here for the Heaxagon Cutting Pattern post on Bluprint.