English Paper Piecing


English Paper Piecing 101
English paper piecing works well for curves too. When
Once you’ve basted your fabric to the paper pieces, it’s
basting curved paper pieces, such as Dresden petals, start
time to whipstitch them together. Th is step is the same
at the bott om edge of one long side and baste up the side
regardless of the paper shapes you’re using. I’ve tried a
to the curve. As you fold over the seam allowance around
variety of threads for this step, but ultimately I’ve found
the curve, ease in the fullness and take smaller basting
that a 40-weight machine-piecing thread or a 60-weight
stitches. Baste circles in the same manner, beginning any-
appliqué thread works best.
where along the curve.
With right sides together and using thread to match or
blend well with your fabric, take a small stitch just catch-
ing the folded edges of the fabric. When you reach the
end of the piece, add the next paper piece and continue
Dresdens and Chrysanthemums
These paper pieces are very similar, the only
difference being that the ends of the Dresden
pieces are rounded and the ends of the
Chrysanthemum pieces are pointed. I use them
together or on their own to create variations of
the Dresden Plate.
With right sides together, align two diamonds and whip-
When basting these pieces, it’s not necessary
stitch toward the center point. Once you reach the point
to fold over and baste the short bottom end—just
cut the fabric ¹⁄
" to ¼" beyond the paper and
of the tail, add the next diamond and whipstitch from the
leave a raw edge.
center tail to the outer edge.
Raw edges


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