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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

Inklingo has significant advantages for quilters who sew with stitches over templates—even if they don't print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

English Paper Piecing has seen a resurgence in recent years, especially when quilters discovered Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses (2009) (above).

POTC with English Paper PIecing

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


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.

Templates for English Paper Piecing

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

Layer with unprinted fabric and rotary cut several layers at a time.

Tutorial # 2 Cutting the Fabric

Cut with scissors or a rotary cutter.

Glue basting for English Paper Piecing

Tutorial # 3 Basting Methods

Thread? Glue? You have choices.

Tutorial # 4 Managing the Seam Allowances

English Paper Piecing Tutorial

Tutorial # 5 Sewing Sequence and Inset Seams

Needles for English Paper Piecing

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

Inklingo on QuiltingHub

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