Inklingo has significant advantages for quilters who sew with stitches over templates—even if they don't print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.
English Paper Piecing has seen a resurgence in recent years, especially when quilters discovered Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (2009) (above).
In the 1950s and 1960s, the legendary Lucy Boston created her artistic, fussy cut masterpieces with this old method of sewing over paper templates.
I included instructions for EPP in the book because that is the only method Lucy Boston knew but I recommend sewing this intriguing design with a combination of hand and machine piecing—a hybrid. (This is demonstrated in a short video.)
The more you know about English Paper Piecing and Inklingo, the easier it is to choose the best technique to learn and the best technique to teach.
LIST OF ENGLISH PAPER PIECING TUTORIALS
You might be wondering if this method is the right one for you and what the alternatives are, so I prepared a series of EPP Tutorials (tutes), listed below.
Inklingo simplifies this age-old method for the best results.
Tutorial # 1 All About Templates
Lucy Boston made her own templates with sturdy writing paper but we have many more choices today.
Why I don't sell acrylic templates
Tutorial # 2 Cutting the Fabric
Cut with scissors or a rotary cutter.
Tutorial # 3 Basting Methods
Thread? Glue? You have choices.
Tutorial # 4 Managing the Seam Allowances
Tutorial # 5 Sewing Sequence and Inset Seams
Tutorial # 6 Needles, Thread, Threading the Needle
This one includes a short video showing how to make a finger pincushion too!
Tutorial # 7 Fabric Requirements and "No Waste" Fussy Cutting
BONUS 8 Good Ways to use Inklingo for English Paper Piecing on Quilting Hub. Summary:
1. To make paper templates
(shapes without seam allowances)
2. To cut the fabric shapes
(shapes with seam allowances)
3. To fussy cut the fabric
4. To preview fabric with window templates
5. To decide how much fabric to buy
6. To rescue an English Paper Piecing UFO
7. To create original designs
8. To learn from Inklingo support and tutorials