English Paper Piecing – new inspiration from Sharon Burgess

I first started to learn how to English Paper Piece a few years ago. I love it because it’s a fun handwork project that is easily portable and the finished results are so accurate and crisp because of the cardboard templates. But I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t pushed my experience beyond the basic hexagons and diamonds.

So I was excited when Sharon Burgess of Lillabelle Lane contacted me to see if I’d like to review a copy of her new book: Quilting On the Go: English Paper Piecing.

This book is great for beginners when it come to English Paper Piecing (EPP) with lots of helpful details about supplies such as useful notions and templates (essential for EPP) as well as the basics of how to sew your pieces together. (Let me just say here, speaking of supplies, I just broke out the pink rotating cutting mat from Sue Daley for the first time and it is SO helpful!)

Beyond the EPP basics, the book includes 16 projects such as quilts, table runners, bunting, pouches, journal covers, pincushions and even a clock!

The thing I was most impressed by is that Sharon really takes these projects to the next level with a variety of much more unique and complex EPP designs that go far beyond just simple hexagons and diamonds.

Sharon also discusses fussy-cutting fabric with some beautiful examples. For example, I love the fussy-cut motifs in these bunting flags.  How cute are they?? 

Here are a few other examples of projects made from patterns in the book. This Clam-shell Dilly bag, made by Sharon, is just a work of beauty. Clam-shells are one thing I’ve never tackled, but I adore the look of them.  They’re definitely on my list of skills to learn.

And the fussy-cut motifs on this Prairie Pouch (also made by Sharon using Sedef Imer’s upcoming Sweet Prairie fabric) is such a beautiful example of fussy cutting. All the heart-eyes for this one.

This cute hexagon journal cover was made by Anorina of Samelia’s Mom using the Journal Cover pattern in the book.

Thanks so much for the new knowledge and inspiration Sharon! Hopefully you can find Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing at your favorite local quilt shop. If not, it’s available on Amazon. Be sure to check out Sharon’s blog Lilabelle Lane for lots of other EPP inspiration as well as links to other projects made with her patterns!

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