Synopses & Reviews
The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up -- which is no easy feat! Thanks to the rediscovery of a traditional technique known as English paper piecing, success is now possible for quilters of all levels. By cutting the desired shapes from paper, basting the paper to the back of your fabric, and then hand-sewing the pieces together, you’ll ensure perfectly matched points every time. This complete course in English paper piecing takes you far beyond traditional hexagons with step-by-step photos showing you how to connect triangles, octagons, diamonds, jewels, triangles, tumblers, pentagons, and curved shapes. It even provides dozens of ideas for incorporating the pattern designs into clothing, pillows, quilts, and home decor items!
“All Points Patchwork is like an extensive technique manual, a resource to help you dream up thousands of different English paper pieced projects! You probably know all about English paper piecing (EPP) in terms of “hexies,” but Diane’s book teaches you how to do this technique with diamonds, triangles, octagons, pentagons, curved-edge shapes and more. The book features nearly thirty project inspirations, 84 pattern diagrams and over 300 detailed images.” — Sew Mama Sew
“This is the book you need for everything English paper piecing, with gorgeous projects to accompany the how-to sections. It'll be a book you refer to for years to come!” — Katy Jones, author of 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks
“A beautiful and comprehensive guide. Diane leaves no hexagon or clamshell unturned in demystifying English paper piecing.” — Florence Knapp, www.flossieteacakes.blogspot.com
“Thoughtfully written, expertly pieced. A perfect resource for the crafter who likes to take inspiration and run with it.” — Jessica Alexandrakis, author of Quilting on the Go
"This really is the English paper piecing book I've been looking for. Diane's clear instruction and beautiful designs are helpful and inspiring." — Mollie Johanson, author of Stitch Love: Sweet Creatures Big & Small
“Part detailed technique manual, part delightful showcase of colorful inspiration, All Points Patchwork is one of those rare books that will be every bit as useful to absolute beginners and seasoned stitchers.” — Haley Pierson-Cox, The Zen of Making
"Taking the mystery out of a technique is Diane's strength. This is a book for any stitcher's library. Well done!" — Pat Sloan, author and Host of American Patchwork & Quilting Radio
The key to perfect patchwork is getting all of the points to match up which is no easy feat Set yourself up for success with the rediscovered technique of English paper piecing. Using paper templates to guide your pattern, you can expertly fit your quilting shapes together before you even start sewing. All Points Patchwork takes you far beyond traditional hexagons and accommodates triangles, diamonds, octagons, and even curved shapes. Simple instructions for decorating clothing, bedding, and home decor open up astounding possibilities for quilters of all levels.
Perfectly Matched Patchwork Pieces
With paper templates to guide you, successful patchwork projects are just stitches away!
- Choose your shapes, cut paper templates, and attach the templates to pieces of fabric.
- Fold fabric edges over the templates and secure the shape with simple basting stitches.
- Lay out the patches in desired arrangment and stitch the seams together along connecting edges.
- Remove the basting stitches, pull out the paper, and admire your handiwork!
Patchwork shapes include:
About the Author
Diane Gilleland is a prominent contemporary craft writer, designer, and teacher with an aesthetic that appeals to both traditional and modern quilters. Her website, CraftyPod.com, reaches a worldwide audience of over 40,000 monthly visitors with blog, podcast, and video content. Diane is the author of two books, and her work has appeared in CRAFT, Stitch, Threads, CraftStylish, Woman's Day, and Parade. She's also been featured on numerous blogs and websites and maintains active presences on Twitter (with over 11,000 followers) and Pinterest (over 2000 followers). Diane lives in Beaverton, Oregon.
Table of Contents
- Tools and Materials
- EPP in a Nutshell
- Choosing Templates
- Choosing Fabrics
- Your EPP Toolkit
- Basic Techniques
- Getting Ready to Cut
- Cutting the Fabric
- How (and Why) to Baste Patches
- Sewing the Patches Together
- Managing All Those Patches
- Finishing Your EPP
- Using EPP in a Project
- Cutting EPP to Sew
- Building Your Own EPP Patterns
- Inspiration for Your Own Designs
- Building Patterns by Computer
- Hand-Drawing EPP Patterns
- Making Patterns with Hexagons
- Transforming Hexagons
- Working with Diamonds and Jewels
- Making Patterns with Diamonds
- Making Patterns with Jewels
- Working with Triangles and Tumblers
- Making Patterns with Triangles
- Making Patterns with Tumblers
- Working with Octagons and Pentagons
- Making Patterns with Octagons
- Making Patterns with Pentagons
- Transforming Octagons and Pentagons
- Working with Curved Shapes
- Special Tips for Curved Shapes
- Making Patterns with Curved Shapes
Sample EPP Templates