Techniques:English Paper Piecing
Cast of Characters
Depression Era Art
Double Exposure
Keeping Us in Stitches
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English Paper Piecing
Foundation Piecing
Activities & Resources
A Matter of Style
Making Connections

English paper piecing is often used in the making of hexagon, diamond, baby-block, and star patterns. Each piece in the quilt is pinned to its own paper pattern piece. The paper serves as a guide for sewing and a support for the pieces. 

Seam detail diagram

To paper piece a hexagon pattern, a paper hexagon is placed on the wrong side of a fabric hexagon and held with a pin. The fabric has been cut 1/4 inch larger than the paper hexagon all the way around. The extra fabric is for a seam allowance, which is turned down over the edge of the paper to the wrong side and basted in place. This process is repeated for every piece that will be in the quilt.

whip stitch 2 hexagons togetherThe next step is to sew the pieces together. The edges of two pieces are lined up with their front sides together and whipstitched (both edges caught alternately with the needle). 



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