English Paper Piecing Rescue

Why does EPP appeal to so many of us?

English Paper Piecing Rescue

Why are there so many unfinished EPP quilts?

Inklingo Video Clip - English Paper Piecing Rescue

This is a short clip from Inklingo Live Video 06.

This 15 page PDF answers these questions and describes how you can add Inklingo shapes to an EPP UFO.


Click to view the PDF in your browser, or

Right Click and choose Save As to download and save to your hard drive.

(Remember where you put it!)

“I’m so converted! I would still be cutting, glueing  were as now I’ve already stitched the first star lol.  Thank you so much for your help again. I love this concept and so happy you thought of it and followed through and now sharing with the world.” – Heather in Australia

“I just downloaded the Passacaglia  Inklingo last weekend. I love it so much more than the EPP way!! Now I may actually get this quilt done in the next year and not in 15 years!!” – Chris in PA

Inklingo English Paper Piecing Tutorials

8 Good Ways to Use Inklingo for EPP


Hand piecing lesson on DVD

If you are like many quilters, English Paper Piecing is just too slow and difficult.

Everything you need to know about hand piecing with a running stitch is on the Quilted Diamonds 2 DVD. It can set you free! Hand piecing should be relaxing and simple whether you are sewing hexagons for Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses or pentagons and diamonds for Passacaglia (Millefiori Quilts). Come take a private 2 hour lesson with me!

Introduction to Inklingo

Introduction to Inklingo
This short video explains how Inklingo works.

If you love a portable project but would like to make better quilts in less time, try Inklingo. There’s even a free collection to get you started.

New to Inklingo?    GETTING STARTED

English Paper Piecing Rescue

I often hear from quilting friends who have started English Paper Piecing (EPP) a Grandmother’s Flower Garden (GFG) which is not finished, and which is likely to remain an unfinished object (UFO).

We call these EPP GFG UFOs.

(This situation also arises with octagons and other polygons, but Monkey says, “EPP GFG UFOs are the most ubiquitous.” Someone must have given him a dictionary, a library card, or the link to wikipedia.)

Quilters tell me they wish they had known about Inklingo before they started EPP. They love a portable project but would rather sew with a running stich than use a whip-stitch, for many good reasons.

If you enjoy EPP, and finish your projects, that’s great. Stop here. Enjoy your favorite technique and feel happy about it.

However, if you are looking for a more precise, simpler, faster way to finish your quilt, Inklingo is the answer. You can add Inklingo hexagons and flowers on to your EPP GFG UFO. Print the shapes on fabric and sew with a running stitch instead of whip-stitching. You can even do some machine stitching in a hybrid.

There is a new PDF called English Paper Piecing Rescue under the Hand Piecing tab on the web site. It describes why EPP appeals to so many of us, the ubiquitousness of unfinished GFGs, and instructions for adding Inklingo hexagons to an existing EPP UFO.

It is amazingly simple, but you will want to see the photos. There are too many to include here.

Advantages of a Running Stitch with Inklingo

•  More portable and relaxing than whip-stitching with templates
  Efficient use of fabric (especially with layouts to cut with scissors)
  Cut with scissors or a rotary cutter—your choice
  Stitching lines, matching marks, and crosshairs on each piece
  No basting
  No templates
  No matter how closely you look, the running stitches are hidden
  Combine hand and machine piecing in the same quilt (hybrid)
 Compatible with fussy cutting
  Seams are pressed to the side, not open

Try it now!

If you haven’t tried printing Inklingo shapes on fabric yet, see the Quick Start and order the free shape collection ($20 value). You will be able to print your first shapes in the next few minutes, and sew them by hand or by machine.

We hope you will enjoy finishing your EPP quilts, with or without Inklingo.

Linda & Monkey

PS From Mirriam-Webster online: Main Entry: ubiq·ui·tous
Pronunciation: \yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs\  Function: adjective  Date: 1830
: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread <a ubiquitous fashion>

8 thoughts on “English Paper Piecing Rescue”

  1. Linda the running stitch video is great. You did a fabulous job. I need you to make a video on how you made the video. Lol great job. What kind of cream do you use on your hands? They look beautiful. Thanks for the video.

  2. I plan to try this soon. It sounds like it would be much easier on the hands than holding the basted PP’d hexes together for whipstitching! I have a GFG that only needs a couple of sections of the border finished, and PP method just became too stressful on the old fingers! Thanks for this!

  3. Tell Monkey that EPP-GFG-UFO’s sounds like some sort of military project! LOL I tell DSIL that everything in the Army has it’s initials and some sort of an acronym.
    I will link to your blog about this because I know people who are in this boat and might just be able to finish something after all.

  4. Very cool Linda! I have lots of “EPP GFG UFOs” (I think Monkey deserves a degree for that one)! Love this PDF! I also saw I can click on a hexagon shape the size I needed and go straight to the collection. Look out 1/4″ hexes, here I come!


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