Skip to main content

EPP for everybody!

(Thank you again for the wonderful donations that keep coming in~ I just got an email with our first donated QUILTS!  So I hope you can forgive me as I change the tone a bit and go back to talking about quilting tonight..)

I'm so excited that Laura & Katy have put together this highly motivational Travelin' Pic-Stitch Blog Hop.  I'm also slightly flushed that they asked me to do a post on "pointers" to help get the bloghop started. 

Who would have known that my super-embarrassing how-to-epp video that I made for my friend Becky while she was in vet school would some day lead me to B-list internet stardom?  (ok, B-list quilt-blogland-stardom).  You have no idea how many times I've wanted to redo this video, but didn't have the time or thought it would sound too scripted... so I left it up there, and people found it.  The cool thing is that they also found my blog, my QAL, and many have found a love for EPP.  If you haven't seen it yet, it's there in my sidebar, but I'm also re-posting it here (scroll to the bottom).

So why do I love English paper piecing?  The reasons are too numerous for one little blog post, but I'll make a list of some of the big ones--

It's portable, and I travel- A LOT.  You can also do it anywhere-- on the beach, on the train, in the car (while someone else is driving).  I've even basted while waiting for my pizza to be ready at the local pizza place.

It's repetative-- you can pick it up and put it down whenever, without having to worry where you were in the pattern or what you should be sewing next.

It's scrap friendly-- even though there's tons of new and beautiful fabric coming out every season, part of me still identifies quilting with being a frugal hobby.  I don't like to waste any bit of my fabric, pretty or ugly. 

So what do you need to build a good relationship with EPP?

First off-- a sewing kit.  Have a sewing kit ready with your templates, thread, and cut fabric. Add in anything else you need to sew comfortably (Chapstick? Beeswax? Paper clips?) When you’re prepared you won’t find yourself wasting precious sewing time searching for your thimble.
  I use a plastic box that I can toss in my purse or leave in the car, just in case.

Next-- keep your pattern handy.   I like to save a picture of my plan/pattern on my phone so I can reference it on the go!

Then-- bring it everywhere.  You never know when plans will change and you'll be stuck somewhere with downtime.  If you forgot your EPP, you'll probably get stuck playing mindless games on your phone.  Really, will that hobby keep you warm in a couple months?  Better to have your sewing kit with you at all times just in case.  Personally, I won't buy a new purse if my kit doesn't fit inside.

So that's about it.  If you've got questions, I'd love to answer them.  Making all the little units is easy, finding a good way to keep it portable as it grows takes a bit more thought.  In the video I mention this a little bit, but I'm happy to answer more questions anytime.  Happy Pic-stitching everybody~


  1. Aw, just seeing that video made me all nostalgic for doing my 60 degree star quilt! I'm glad I've got another EPP project going!

  2. Jessica where do you get your templates? I have been looking with no luck!

  3. Hi Jessica! Your video is really good and helpful. I'm making my first EPP and you helped a lot! I made my templates with hard paper but I'm thinking should it be just normal paper. It wasn't so easy and quick to baste with them but the sewing was easy (no worry to sew through the paper).
    Have a great weekend! x Teje

  4. Josie,

    Good question. I get my templates from 3 places:
    have fun!!

  5. thanks so much for sharing. It's about time I had a go at this, so I'll be checking your video out!

  6. What a wonderful video! A great reminder that if you can do this with George's (constant?) help, I can make it work too!

    One question, how durable do you figure EPP quilts are? One thing I love about machine piecing/quilting is that I'm perfectly comfortable throwing the resulting quilt in the washing machine as necessary. Do you do that with EPP'd quilts, or do they get a bit of TLC?

    Thank you so much!

  7. Hi,
    Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Quilting Community? Our members will love it!
    Members include: Quilters, Quilting Enthusiasts, Experts, Bees, Circles and Clubs.
    It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also share Photos, Videos and Articles if you like.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    Please feel free to share as often and as much as you like.
    The Quilting Community:
    I hope you consider sharing with us.
    Thank you,
    James Kaufman, Editor

  8. Thanks for sharing with us. I do enjoy handsewing and learning so much. Judith, Texas


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

My Travel Quilt Story

**ETA-- Check out my completed Travel Quilt #3 here**

I don't know about you, but I check my blogger stats a couple times a day.  It's nice to see how readers find me, who has linked to me, and where they are.  In the last week though, there's been a gap, a hole.  I usually have at least a couple hits a week from readers in Japan, this week-- none.  Of course with such tragedy, I can't expect them to take time out (and use valuable electricity) to check in on my little ol' blog here, but still, the absence makes me worry about them even more.  I was thinking about how I can go back to  posting more about quilts but still satisfy my need to talk about Japan.. 

Victoria took this great photo of me at her retreat last weekend and I've wanted to write a post about it, and then it clicked, "Oh Yeah~" let's go back to the quilt that started me off on my EPP obsession..
Here we go.  Travel Quilt #1, aka "Ayane's Star" See, I was going to J…

Monday Morning Star Count, November 30, 2015

I have not even sewn one stitch this week.  I did manage to find my cutting table and mat, and it was nice to see them after what seemed like too long, but I didn't cut anything.  I didn't press anything.  I didn't do much other than ponder how I will organize my new space.

If you have stitched though, please tell us!

8 minutes for 25 cents

You don't realize how much you are actually going to lose when you go through a divorce.  You mostly think of the things you don't like and how you will be rid of them.  The things you'll gain like personal choice and freedom.  I knew I would lose big things.  Time with my children.  My home.  
But there are other things that are gone that have had much bigger impact than I could have anticipated.  Like my washer and dryer.  
I spend an awful lot of time at the laundromat these days, but also doing laundry wherever else I'm able to.  Not having free laundry access has greatly influenced my routines and the choices I make.  Not unlike when I lived in Washburn and would wear only light colors one week and only dark colors the next.  You choose clothes that wash easily and wear well.  You are strategic with your wardrobe choices based on when you can do laundry again.. ('I really want to wear these jeans when we go out to dinner Saturday night so I better wear ___ inste…