Wednesday, August 5, 2015

EPP Plus Tutorial part 1 I thought I would share a quick tutorial on how I do English Paper Piecing. I had a few requests for this tutorial after my last post on the PLUS project I have started... I found the template that I am using over on ... Mollie's blog...Wild Olive
I decided to use my highly cherished Liberty of London fabric stash.
I downloaded this template from Mollie on her blog HERE.

Here is my little tin that I use to hold all my pieces in one place.

Let's get started...This is how I go about EPP. 
Step 1.... Cut out your fabric large enough to go all the way around your template.

Step 2... Thread a needle and knot the end. I sew the fabric to the template. 
  Get all four shapes made.

Step 3... Take 2 pieces and RST (right sides together) ... Make tiny whip stitches down the side...connecting the 2 pieces.

Make your stitches small enough and you can't see them. 

TIP... Occasionally you will need to change color threads...light thread for light fabric...and dark thread for dark fabrics. 

You should now have 2 sections that look like this.

Step 4... Put both sections together (RST) ...and whip stitch again.

When you are should have a cross.

TIP... at this time you will leave all the papers in place. You can't remove the papers until all the sides have been whipped stitched, or the fabric will lose it's shape. To remove the paper just clip the basting stitches that you see in the above photo.
In this photo you can see how they are going to interlock together. You have to be careful of color value or your cross shape will NOT appear.

I have made 25 so far...and plan on waiting until I have made 100 before I start to put them together. To make sure I can separate the crosses that look a lot alike. 

Hope this helps those out who asked for this tutorial.

This is a couch project that I am working on while I am in "Couch Prison"...hehe :0)

If you are on Instagram the hash-tag  for this pattern is #EPP and #EPPPLUS

On a healing Note...
I'm doing well....quilting....doodling....poodle and Netflix watching as well.

Thanks for stopping by....


Judys Lace Creations said...

This template method looks very do-able for a non quilter like me.I might make some table mats !!They'd look good I reckon!


ES said...

Great tutorial, thanks for sharing. I love your liberty crosses, I am very keen to try my hand at some epp and make a cross quilt. I will have to finish off a few other hand projects first though!

Julianne said...

Yay! Makes so much more sense to me the cross pattern, much better than I like hexies. Thanks so much for putting this together, its going to become my "on the go" project!

Debbie said...

Wonderful tutorial, great idea! You're having far too much fun on the couch.

take care.

Connie said...

Hi Sandra, I've downloaded and printed some pattern sheets and even shared them with my friend and neighbor, but not started piecing yet. This is a great tutorial and I am delighted to see that you paper piece the way I do, with way more than a 1/4 inch of fabric to fold over. Your blog is one of my favorites.
Have a great weekend, keep smiling and quilting.
Connie :)

Nancy said...

That's a unique shape- I like the crosses it forms. Nicely done. Finally got some duck tape so I can start my journal from your PDF. I was doing a "craft fast" for the month of July and was avoiding buying new supplies. But it's over now, and I'm prepared to use those coupons!

SG said...

Thanks for sharing! It looks you are having fun with your liberty crosses!

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I found your blog via Crafty Home Cottage (Connie sent me!)
I just had to come and see how this quilt works together!
I hope to see the finish...
New here so not sure what's ailing you... but I do hope you get better. I'm going to find you on Instagram and follow your quilting there.
Best of luck to you!

Idle hands, empty brain ... said...

Thanks for the visuals, I love the Plus quilt! I do the same method for my Lucy Boston Points of the Cross quilt. When it's done I'll move onto a Plus quilt. Love the Liberty fabrics :)

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