Get hooked! Fresh English paper piecing patterns (+ giveaway!)

Detail from Fig Tree Flowers quilt

Did you know that English paper piecing patterns date back to at least the early 1700s? You might think a hand-sewing technique from eons ago would be s-l-o-w (and we’re guessing it was back then). But with a modernized approach, bestselling author Vicki Bellino has brought this time-honored—and wildly popular—handcraft to a new level of simplicity and speed.

In English Paper Piecing II, Vicki returns to transform not only familiar hexagons, but diamonds, Dresdens, scallops, and more into happy handwork that you can take along everywhere you go. The best part? All the shapes rely on the same basic technique, one that whips up perfect little pieces that you can sew together with ease.

Start with small projects to warm up your needle:

Projects from English Paper Piecing II
“Cover-Up Duo” and “Flower Garden Tote”

Then move on to bigger projects.

Quilts from English Paper Piecing II
“In Full Bloom” and “Little Dresden Patch”

Or, challenge yourself with the cover quilt, made with a mind-boggling 2031 hexies. Wow!

Fig Tree Flowers quilt
“Fig Tree Flowers”

See more projects from English Paper Piecing II.

So, what supplies do you need to sew “EPP” projects in the 21st century? Vicki suggests four items: precut papers, a rotary cutter, a glue pen, and sizing spray. Add needle, thread, and Vicki’s easy-to-follow instructions, and you’ll be on your way!

You might remember when we tried EPP—some of us for the first time—when Vicki’s first book, English Paper Piecing, was released:

We all had a blast learning the ropes! Check out all the projects we made here. We’re ready for more—are you?

Paper Pieces and Marcus Fabrics giveaway

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at have provided two custom collections of precut papers to give away to you: one to make Vicki’s “Just Judy Goes Miniature” quilt, and one to make her “Fig Tree Flowers” quilt. And our friends at Marcus Fabrics have provided SIX charm-pack bundles plus a panel from their "Aunt Grace" fabric line!

To win these goodies plus a copy of English Paper Piecing II, tell us in the comments:

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English Paper Piecing IIHere’s how the giveaway breaks down:

  • Two people will receive one Paper Pieces kit + one charm-square pack
  • One person will receive a charm-square pack + the panel
  • Three people win a charm-square pack

And ALL winners will receive a copy of the English Paper Piecing II eBook!

We’ll choose winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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