English Paper Piecing


Here I am on the day on the awaited tour for Sharon’s new book –

Quilting on The Go: English Paper Piecing Book

Firstly first, I am so honoured to be asked by Sharon to be a part of the tour and to receive this advance copy by Tula Publishing. I have always admired Sharon’s work and to be a part of this tour is an amazing opportunity (I may have squealed and jumped up and down telling my hubby about it when I Sharon asked… hehe)


This post contain affiliate links for your convenience and the book was given to me as a part of the tour. However, all opinion are honest and comes from me. You can find my full disclosure here.

Anyway, as I love English paper Piecing, it was a no brainer YES to join the book tour. I love the cover page of the book featuring some of the best project in the book. So, immediately my head said I wanted to try that Celestial Star Quilt – the centre main photo of the book cover.  However, I knew that I would not have enough time to make it in time for the book tour. Besides, there were many more projects in the book that is so gorgeous to try out too!

I love that the book has different size projects from small quilts, small items to large quilts. Therefore it is perfect for picking the right one that’ll suit your time. Besides, I can easily see that they are interchangeable, meaning that one EPP pattern can be used for another project.

Quilting on The Go: English Paper Piecing Book

As I flickered through the book, I kept switching my thoughts to making the pouch or the Dilly Bag or the Quilt Block Keeper. All of them are quite a small project that I can handle right now in the business of life with the littles.

I finally decided on the Quilt Block Keeper as I had all my Sewcial Bee Sampler Block everywhere around the sewing room and thought that it’ll be nice to have one to keep those organized.

I started cutting my templates and picking out fabrics.

While picking put for fabrics, I knew I wanted to do a little bot of fussy cutting for the centre 8 point diamond star.

A flowery inspiration came to me lately and it suits my current Audible listening too. I am currently listening to


Isn’t that book cover just gorgeous?

Besides….I love flowery prints.

I am using Art Gallery Fabrics for this project just because I can’t wait to use this AGF when I received it in the mail. I bought mine from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics. You can also get similar one from the Fat Quarter Shop.


I love how it turned out. This pattern is so beautiful.

The EPP block itself is huge. It turned out 14 inches square finished. I have patched it to the other side and free motion quilted it.

I chose a solid for the back of the book and free motion quilt some feathers. Small projects are always a great place to practice some free motion quilting.

This is my first time using variegated thread.  I am loving how it turns out and how blend-able it is.

While my plan was to finish the project book in time for this post, God has better plans.

It turns out that I had to finish writing this post in a hospital, and I didn’t get to finish my project book yet.

Don’t worry, my son is getting better (had a bit of chest infection) and hopefully he can be discharged tomorrow or so.

In the meantime, I am enjoying my sweet time with him and some youtube watching 🙂

I hope you enjoy the post! Sorry but I gotta make it short this time round and didn’t have time to edit photos…

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July 1   Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane blog.lilabellelanecreations.com
July 2   Martina Bahre @avaandneve www.avaandneve.com.au/blog/
July 5   Sharon Burgess @lilabellelane blog.lilabellelanecreations.com
July 8   Alex Luenz @ALEXOUQ www.instagram.com/alexouq/
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July 12   Rita Hodge  @redpepperquilts www.redpepperquilts.com
July 13   Elise Baek @eliseandemelie www.eliseandemelie.com/
July 14   Jennie Pickett @cloverandviolet www.cloverandviolet.com/blog
July 15   Angela Hamilton @alittlepatchwork www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com
July 17   Weekly round up @lilabellelane blog.lilabellelanecreations.com
July 18   Heidi Grohs @buttonsandbutterflies www.buttonsandbutterflies.com
July 19   Carlie Lincoln @quilty_carlie www.instagram.com/quilty_carlie/
July 20   Jess Finn @paperpiecesepp www.paperpieces.com
July 21   Alison von Bibra @cotton_factory www.cottonfactory.wordpress.com
July 22   Anorina Morris @SameliasMum www.sameliasmum.com
July 23   Kristyne Czepuryk @prettybyhand prettybyhand.com
July 24   Weekly round up @lilabellelane blog.lilabellelanecreations.com
July 25   Amy Smart @diaryofaquilter.com www.diaryofaquilter.com
July 26   Nadra Ridgeway @ellisandhiggs.com www.ellisandhiggs.com
July 27   Lauren Wright @mollyandmama www.mollyandmama.com.au
July 28   Giuseppe Ribaudo @giucy_giuce www.instagram.com/giucy_giuce/
July 29   Jodi Godfrey @talesofcloth www.talesofcloth.com
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Aug 3   Sedef Imer @downgrapevinelane www.downgrapevinelane.com
Aug 4   Martina Bahre @avaaandneve www.avaandneve.com.au/blog/
Aug 5   Samantha Green @fortheloveoffabric www.fortheloveoffabric.net
Aug 6   Alisha Orlando @ministryoffabric www.ministryoffabric.com.au
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Aug 8   Minki Kim @zeriano minkikim.com
Aug 9   Carlie Lincoln @quilty_carlie www.instagram.com/quilty_carlie/
Aug 10   Alex Luenz @ALEXOUQ www.instagram.com/alexouq/
Aug 11   Mathew Boudreaux @MisterDomestic www.MisterDomestic.net
Aug 12   Anna Cromie @spanzy www.instagram.com/spanzy/
Aug 13   Elise Baek @eliseandemelie www.eliseandemelie.com
Aug 14   Wynn Tan @zakkaArt www.zakkaArt.blogspot.com
Aug 15   Final wrap up @ilabellelane blog.lilabellelanecreations.com

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How to cut English Paper Piecing Templates

English Paper Piecing Hot Trend


Now, there is a couple of options for you to get english paper piecing templates and today I am sharing with you, one of the most accessible ways to prep them is to cut them by yourself.

I designed the templates on the computer so that it is rotary cut friendly, print them out and cut them using the rotary cutter.

You can choose a couple of different size hexagon templates in TLMC resource library. Sign up here if you haven’t yet.

I find that this is the easiest way for me to get quick templates and easy for me to keep adding more if I need them.

However, there are other ways to cut these templates yourself and you might find yourself loving one method more than the other. Of course, each technique will have its own advantages and disadvantages.  Let me walk you through some of them.

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If you are not yet on board with this english paper piecing, quilting-on-the-go thing, I think this is a great time to start. When I think of English Paper Piecing Patterns, I can see the grandmother flower being one of the popular one. But…

Have you seen some of the most amazing English paper piecing patterns (EPP) popping around lately? Yes, they are hot in trend. And I am talking about those non-Hexies EPP.

English paper piecing does take a lot of patience, but with amazing potential of using various shapes turning them into beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns, it is well worth the time.

I am a fan of English Paper Piecing myself. I started by making the standard grandmother hexagon flowers, and a penrose tile once too.

Penrose Tile _ To be applique

More of this Penrose tile project here back in 2012

If you want to start English Paper Piecing today, go ahead and print out some make-it-yourself EPP templates from TLMC resource library available for FREE! If you are not yet in the tribe to access the library, join here.

For now, let me bring you some of the latest pattern and the trendsetting/ters in this EPP industry…

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English Paper Piecing pattern: La Passacaglia Quilt

Have you heard about this one? Am sure you have – this was the quilt that got many people on board with EPP a few years back.

While this english paper piecing technique has been long used and it is very traditional,I believe that it is not that much in trend until social influencers (quilt instagrammers and bloggers) start posting these gorgeous cogs of La Passacaglia

With a mix of cute and fun fussy cut, these mandala-styled cogs are getting the attention they deserve.

english paper piecing patterns

Photo credited to Jenn, Karen, Mister Domestic, Liz, Alexouq, Tula Pink, Kate


As much as I would love to, I have never tried to make La Passacaglia Quilt. I didn’t really quite like the whole idea of putting the cogs together. However, it is a “maybe some day project” for me.

I like each individual cogs, but putting them together seems a little too much for me. Somehow I feel like each cog lost their sparkles when they are joined altogether.

Nonetheless, they do look like a whole wow of a quilt – like fireworks in the sky when they are joined together.

Hence I still enjoy the makings and the finishes of other people’s La Passacaglia Quilt.


La Passacaglia Quilts: Inspiration and Resources

Get La Passacaglia kit here.

If you are looking for inspiration for the La Passacaglia Quilt and thinking of making one, here are some of the links I have enjoyed.

The book is not available anymore through Amazon, (there is one available at a ridiculous price ), but I found an ebay store that still have some available if you want to get your hands on it.

Karen from DIY addict has a “get start” tutorial on how to make the La Passacaglia Quilt, and she has kits available which include the paper pieces and the templates for the quilt.

Lillabelle Lane did wonders with Tula Pink’s fabric – Her Passacaglia Quilt was one of my favourite, mainly because I love her work and Tula Pink’s fabric. So a combo of that is this Ah-Mazing Quilt!

Photo is taken from Lilabelle Lane Instagram. Hop over Lilabelle Lane’s Blog – where she shares her La Passacaglia progress.

Get La Passacaglia kit here and join the others!


Well, I would say that the La Passacaglia Quilt did kind of set the trend for awesome english paper piecing pattern that recently just popped up.

I think it did kind of spark the creativity in exploring the possibilities of English Paper Piecing.

Hence, you would likely to see a lot more people trying this traditional technique in modern patterns and fabrics.


More Recent Popular English Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns

Here are some that are hot in trend and are blasting off over on Instagram. If you would like to start one, check these out and sew-along with the others!

Giucy Giuce Moon Stone – #moonstonequilt

Here is one of the most recent one, and if you are on instagram lately, you should have seen this. It is just amazing. I love the idea of having the pattern in different layout. If you are interested in making one, the kit is available through DIY addict.

english paper piecing patterns

Photo taken from #moonstonequilt by Lydia, Giucy Guice


Karen DIY addict Mischief Quilt – #mischiefquilt

As I mentioned earlier, Karen has made a La Passacaglia quilt and share tutorial on how to start one but she also has a bussiness around the world of EPP. She has various EPP kit and patterns available in her shop and one of the popular one is the Mischief Quilt which is super-awesome for fussy cutting. You can get the kit here.

Here are some snippet from the  hashtag #mischiefquilt on instagram. Some amazing work on the block.

Photo taken randomly from hashtag #mischiefquilt. Photo by Cnythia @woncynti, @quiltlady63 @thatmoderncrafter, Sandi@Craftyplanner


Tales of Quilt – Ice Cream Soda Quilt – #icecreamsodaquilt

This one is among the popular one. Jodi of Tales of Quilt offered it as a monthly subscription at first and it is just inspiring to see each block made by all makers. Tutorial for this Ice Cream Soda block is available here. Although the subsription is no longer available, Jodi have various ready-cut EPP templates to make all kinds of pattern including the Ice Cream Soda Quilt.

Photo taken from the #icecreamsodaquilts by Jess@elvengardenquilts, Jo@jogreeny, Nicole@nicole.loves.color, Andrea

Jodi is a great inspiration to english paper piecing in this modern english paper piecing quilting world. Most of her recent quilt are english paper pieced, check her Instagram or you can find her quilt work here.

(Note – I am going to be joining her Shape Family design Challenge, come and join too, am sure it is going to be trendsetting too!)

Lillabelle Lane – Celestial Star & Tenderness – #celestialstarquilt and #tendernessquilt

Sharon is no stranger in this world of modern English Paper Piecing. While her work is always amazing regardless EPP or not, her EPP works always caught my attention. I have mentioned her La Passacaglia Quilt earlier but these two quilt patterns are another amazing EPP quilts that she herself has designed.

One is the tenderness quilt – a beautiful bloom, each one made using a non-traditional EPP template. You can find the kit here.

Photo is taken from LilabelleLane’s blog where Sharon shares the story behind the quilt. See more beautiful blooms here.


Another one is the Celestial Star which made the cover of Sharon’s latest book,‘Quilting on the Go, English Paper Piecing’. This quilt is outstanding, and I can’t wait to see more of the quilt in different version. There are so many great English Paper Piecing Patterns in this book!

English Paper Piecing PAtterns


This one is in progress made by Ava and Eve

The kit for making the Celestial Star Quilt is available here.

Sharon has a book tour going now till 15th August and wait till you see more of this Celestial Quilt Block popping!

Book Tour

Sue Daley Designs – Quatro Colours – #quatrocolourquilt

Again Sharon of Lillabellelane has made this beautiful quilt designed by Sue Daley. I have learned lots of technique from Sue, and she is one of the popular influencer in EPP. Her technique available in her book, New English Paper Piecing, A faster Approach to a traditional favourite and her Sewline ‘gluestick‘ is widely used these days for EPP.

One of the latest trendy EPP quilt pattern is the Quatro Colour Quilt. I simply love how the variation of the background pieces made the quilt looks like it has a border.

You can get the kit to make Quatro Colours here. Watch a video tutorial here for this quatro colours quilt.


Tula Pink – Tula Nova Quilt – #tulanovaquilt

I am always in awe of the amazing works by Tula Pink. Not only that she design fabrics, she makes all of her show quilts herself! Including those english paper-pieced ones. Her recent line, the spirit animal came out with this Tula Nova Quilt and it is english paper pieced.

The kit and the pattern is available here.

Tula Pink’s fabric line are among the favourite for EPP-addict to fussy cut as they are novelty, not to mention superbly designed!

If you are a Tula Fan, make sure you watch this video to see her in her amazing studio.

I love that there are more and more amazing English Paper Patterns out there these days. The hand stitching project is definitely making a comeback!

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Today I am going to be sharing with you a free printable I made for 7/8″ hexagon. I have been making a couple of grandmother flower blocks out of the the out of print Bonnie and Camille “Simple Abundance”. I am in the process of making something similar to the quilt on the cover of “Handful of Scraps” book by Edyta Sitar.

I made the Penrose Tile English paper Piecing Quilt Block for the Travellin Pic Stitch Blog Hop!

(Update: Travellin Pic stitch was a bloghop held by Laura in 2012, where I won the prize of a box of Aurifil thread for my entry. It was a challenge to create english paper piecing projects using an inspired photo taken from a recent travel)

So, it all began with a photo :

The photo was taken at one of the famous spring carnivals in Australia, Floriade.

Then, a few pulls from my stash.. Tula Pink – Birds and the Bees lines were among them. I didn’t use them all in the end though..

travelling picstich

Picking up a pattern to do. I was inspired to create a Penrose Tile Inspired block.

Penrose Tile Inspired English Paper Piecing Quilt Block

So I started with the diamonds for the center pentagons. These are 72-degree diamonds.

Basting it to the tiny paper pieces..

EPP TPS bloghop1

Then the black stripy filler diamonds which is the 36-degree diamonds. 

Here’s the middle part of my block is done. Not pretty happy with it, but I embrace the imperfection and move on to finish it off as planned anyway. I still have a lot to learn on how to really hide those whip stitches from being visible too much at the front.
block begins 1

I tried using a thimble as my fingertips were getting sore. But I think I am not used to it yet. It makes things go slower and a bit weird – I ended up pushing the needles with the finger with no thimble on.


By the end of this block, I did finally learned how to minimize the visible stitch.. maybe next time I’ll have a go again and leave a better tip to share.. as for now, I do think that I still need to practice more.. it is kind of addictive once you have a clear objective for the pieces…Sometimes I didn’t even realize the time when I start stitching – but I’d better be careful next time as it may cause injury for being too long in the same position.

Finally done

For the penrose tile, you can actually just let it keep growing larger and larger by the round.

But I decided to keep it small as I wanted to make a mini quilt to hang. 

Finally done2

Anyway, this block is going to be appliquéd to a hand-quilted mini quilt soon. I have been meaning to try hand quilting too. Wish me luck.

but before that, how about a messy back photo of it…

messy back

Time to remove those papers…

Here is another photo at Floriade from the top of the ferris wheel

Flower arrangement as hats - Floriade 2012, Canberra

Thank you for your visit here. Thank you Laura from Quokka Quilts for organizing this bloghop. Sure was a fun one. A great motivation to definitely start EPP too. Now hop on to Laura’s blog to see more fantastic EPPs with fun travelling Pic!


Some related EPP tutorials:


So, without my sewing machine, I guess there is no reason for me to procrastinate on trying English Paper Piecing (EPP ) that have been long in my wish of to do list…

I am using my current favourite fabric line : Field Study by Anna Maria Horner..

So here is my very First Sexy Hexy Flower!!!
turned into a pincushion…

Hexagon English Paper Pieced Pincushion

Hexie Flower Pin Cushion

Yes, not that neat, but hey, I am embracing progress and the JOY of making.

And as some people say.. It is kinda addictive… and I believe its true…
I even sew some in the car today. I even made some with a little bit of fussy cutting…

Fussy Cutting in the car

Isn’t it fun!! so portable and makes the perfect on the go projects. I am in LOVE!

hexagon english paper piecing quilting

Hexi Flower -Fussy Cut

hexagon english paper piecing quilting

My first several hexagon flowers were done differently just to see which one I feel comfortable with.
I ended up with not basting together with paper (just making a small stitches at the corner),
I use any plain paper or magazine paper.. but i think using a freezer paper is not bad too especially if you have a die cutter. Since I don’t have one yet, I’ll stick to cutting the templates slowly and precisely or maybe buy some precut one too.. and whip stitch the hexies together..

Learning English Paper Piecing: Where to Start?

Check out this post: GUIDE TO ENGLISH PAPER PIECING that will give you all the step by step to get started. 

Update :  If you want printable hexagon templates – click here or get access to LMC exclusive library.

Well till then,
Have a fun week!