English paper piecing, aka EPP, is a unique way to construct quilts by hand. It is an old technique that has new popularity. Often these days, we need a quiet, creative outlet that doesn’t require an electric cord. Because your hands power EPP, it is a perfect hand project for travel or just sitting outside or in a comfy chair. Work on your project a little bit at a time or enjoy hours in the meditative nature of the technique. Very traditional pieced quilts as well as many of today’s modern quilt designs use EPP techniques. We’ve rounded up our favorite English Paper Piecing supplies to get you started or help you up your EPP game.
For an introduction to the technique, check out English Paper Pieced Flower Garden for a quick how-to.
To get started with English Paper Piecing, you don’t need a lot of complicated supplies, but there are some basics you will want to have nearby. As with anything, the right tools can make all the difference in a successful project. So, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite books, patterns, templates, needles, glue, organizers and more. See what appeals to you and have fun. They have made EPP a joy for us, and we hope you will love it just as much as we do!
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EPP Tools & Supplies
The right tool for the right job makes all the difference. You know that to be true for any passion you pursue. It’s no different for English Paper Piecing. While many of the usual supplies may already reside in your studio, a few items may be new to you.
Project organizers are such personal choices. Do you like to keep everything in one place? Do you prefer to keep components in separate containers? It’s not one-size-fits-all, so think about your style and the way you like to work.
EPP Books & Patterns
Inspiration abounds! So many ideas. So little time. Looking at what others have done can help you focus on the direction you want to go. So take a deep breath, grab a beverage and browse a bit to see what catches your fancy.
Browse through all of the English Paper Piecing inspiration and projects on Create Whimsy.