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Quilts from Grandmother's Garden: A Fresh Look at English Paper Piecing

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  • Posted February 24, 2013

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    I have never wanted to try English paper piecing because of all

    I have never wanted to try English paper piecing because of all the time spent in removing the paper. After reading this book, I have even less desire. The pieces are even smaller than the ones I had read about in the past which were 1” or 2”.

    I think the quilts made from this style are beautiful; I just don’t have the patience for it. These pieces are ¼” or ½”. With having to fold the edges in, baste and then sew the edges of the pieces together, that is a lot of work right there. Then you have to remove the paper. Even more work.

    Then the instructions say that the method used to join the hexagons is different than traditional English paper piecing. Since I have never done either, I presume from reading the book the difference is that traditional paper piecing is put together with right side together where this method is held flat (side by side) when stitching them together.

    There are 10 patterns for you to try your hand at. The instructions contain everything you need to create the project from cutting and material lists to graphics in the written instructions. There is even a fabric color key. If templates for leaves, etc. are needed, they are included at full size.

    I like to read about the background of the person who wrote the book and the last page is this author’s bio. If you have the patience, this book will walk you through how to make the most beautiful quilts.

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