|Tutorial for a finished 12 inch block|
When you English paper piece, you baste the fabric to a piece of paper and then whip stitch the edges together. There are many ways to baste and sew, but I will show you my personal favorite way to English paper piece - perfected in the piecing of this quilt (80 inches square now!!!)
Making the Templates
Paper Pieces. They carry a variety of pre-cut shapes (diamonds, apple cores, diamonds, etc). My local quilt store also carries them. But for this project we will only need 7 hexagons -- a very reasonable amount to cut out.
To print out the hexagons onto a piece of card stock, go to Incompetech. Change the hexagon size to 1.25 inches (this is the length of each side), download and print. The lines are faint - esp if you print on aqua card stock. :) Cut out 7 hexagons.
Cutting and Basting
Carefully fold over the point and stitch.
Repeat for both leaves. The great thing about English paper piecing is that you can do it anywhere. I cut out fabric, took pictures and sewed up to this point while sitting at one of the little kid tables at the library. Not too shabby for a morning at the library with the kids.
Press the hexagon flower and leaves well. Use starch - you want the folds to stay in when you take out the basting stitches.
Place the flower, stem and leaves as desired on a 12.5 inch square piece of background fabric. Pin well.
I had a piece of coordinating ribbon that I used instead of fabric for the stem. I also think a piece of ric rack would look great as a stem.