I’ve just uploaded a new video to youtube that shows my English paper piecing stitch. Try it and let me know what you think!
A student told me about these Fiskars hole punches. Now that I have tried them I can tell you how they work.
- Medium = 1/2″ on each side
- Large = 3/4″ on each side
- X-Large = 1″ on each side
The X-Large grip is too big for my hands so I’ll ask Steve to do those for me if/when I need them.
The same student also told me that if you punch a hole in the center of each paper it’s easier to remove them with a toothpick or awl which makes sense. I couldn’t find my normal hole punch so I used the one that cuts 1/8″ holes, 1/4″ would probably be better.
Honestly, I have very little spare time for cutting hexies so I won’t use these often. But I’m happy to have them in my drawer, just in case :-).
FYI: I couldn’t find them from a quilt supplier so I looked on Amazon.
Look what Linda made for her neice, Magen!
Linda rediscovered the joy of English paper piecing and has been going to town with hexagons. She made the flowers and then appliqued them to the quilt. I've just put the pattern up on the web site. Click here for more information about the quilt and the pattern.
It's always interesting to write instructions for a technique that I haven't written about before. Linda gave me the tips that she had come up with as she worked on this quilt. I combined that with what I know from my own English paper piecing. Steve took the photos to illustrate the techniques… all of that went into this new pattern. Here's one of the how-to photos:
I really love digital technology! Imagine, 10 years ago it would have taken a lot more time and money (and printing, warehousing, and shipping) to get this pattern from us to you. It's amazing when you think about it. (FYI – I'll probably upload a movie showing how to English paper piece in the near-ish future.)
I'll send a newsletter soon announcing this pattern, and new fabric that isn't online yet, and there is one more pattern to get up… but before then I thought I'd share Magen's Flower Garden with you.