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How to make a Quilters Knot
Throughout your patchwork and quilting adventures, you'll have come across your fair share of knots - both functional and decorative. Perhaps one of the most versatile knots that I use is called the Quilter's Knot.The first time I saw someo...
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How to sew an EPP Hexagon Flower Rosette using a whipstitch
Take 2 basted hexagons (the centre hexagon and one of the "petals") and, lining up the edges and points, place them right sides together.Thread a needle and knot the end of your thread.Insert your threaded needle under the seam allowance on o...
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How to thread baste hexagons for EPP (English Paper Piecing)
Thread basting hexagons is a cost effective alternative to glue basting and, for me, an incredibly relaxing past time.Here's how to do it:1 Punch a hole in the centre of your template (it will make it easier to remove later on)2 Pin the tem...
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How to correctly press your EPP block after appliqué
A number of my EPP patterns call for the completed EPP blocks to be appliquéd to a background square.When you have finished appliquéing your EPP (especially if you chose to appliqué by hand), the finished quilt block might be a bit crumpled and wr...
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How to remove EPP paper templates AFTER appliqué
Once you have stitched your paper shapes down onto the background fabric, you will want to remove them.  I prefer to do this as I go (after each shapes has been stitched) so that my work remains pliable and easy to handle.Removing paper templates AFT...
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How to Hand Appliqué an EPP shape to a background fabric
Appliqué is the art of applying a decoration or trimming of fabric (sometimes called a motif) onto another piece of fabric. In Hand Appliqué, the motif is attached using stitches which are made by hand. The aim of the appliqué stitch is therefore to ...
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How to remove EPP paper templates before appliqué
If you are planning to machine appliqué your basted shapes to a background fabric, you will need to remove your paper EPP templates before you start stitching.Here's how I prepare my shapes for machine appliqué:1. Lightly spray the front of a prepare...
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How to glue baste Petal shapes for EPP
Glue along the bottom straight edge of the petal template first.Run a line of glue around the top edge of the petal and carefully turn the fabric allowance over the template.  Smooth the excess fabric towards the centre of the template so that you ge...
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How to Glue Baste Leaf Shapes for EPP and appliqué
Glue your paper template to the WRONG side of your fabric piece.Trim the excess fabric away from the edge of the paper template. Leave at least 1/4" seam allowance.Apply a line of water soluble glue along one edge of the leaf template. Do n...
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How to Glue Baste Hexagons
Hexagons are the perfect shape to start English Paper Piecing with. Follow the steps below to baste your hexagons perfectly. Alternatively, you can watch the video at the end of this post.Place the paper template onto the WRONG side of your fabric sh...
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Three template options for English Paper Piecing (EPP)
At the heart of English Paper Piecing as the name suggests is the humble paper template. Used to give shape and form to our fabric pieces, you have 3 main options when it comes to sourcing paper templates:Make your own templates.English Pap...
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Tools and materials needed for English Paper Piecing (EPP)
The first thing I would like to say about EPP Tools and materials is, to start with what you have. If you have nothing at all, then start with the best that you can afford.  This craft has been practiced for hundreds of years using only the most b...
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What is English Paper Piecing (EPP)?
The technique of wrapping fabric around paper templates to make patchwork pieces is known as English Paper Piecing or EPP (for short).It is an easy way of creating large complex pieces of patchwork consisting of geometric shapes that tessellate or fi...
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