Archive | September 2016

Fussy Cutting for English Paper Piecing

Using templates to paper piece is a new joy over here…I love all the different variations on a theme for these graphic and gorgeous Denyse Schmidt Lucy Boston Blocks!

Six Lucy Boston Blocks from 4 Fats…at midnight, because I am crazy addicted.

It’s easy to achieve stunning results if you spend time with the first step – tracing the honeycomb.  I used a 1″ finished classic honeycomb template, which you can find at  I like the templates with the 3/8″ seam for paper piecing, they are just easier to manage when you are basting the honeycombs.  (you can also use fabric glue to “baste”).   Check out a few block ideas with these graphic prints:


Using the template like a little window into LucyWorld, I skimmed over each fat quarter, (RIGHT SIDE UP) first, just to see what combinations would work in each block.   The above blocks are the result of careful planning and cutting…then my daughter Charlotte and I got creative, and created some “tilted kilt” blocks!!

To create a block using a plaid like this one, you will need two rows of four designs each.  (easier in a graphic, as opposed to floral, fat quarter).  Place the template on the fabric, following the design from one point to another, along any straight line.  (who said you’d never use that geometry class again?)  This will give you a precise, straight line in your Lucy Boston block.  (see below)   Try tilting the template just a bit!  TRACE.  CUT.  Now, using your honeycomb or the template, cut out 3 more exactly like the first.  To mirror your design, simply flip the honeycomb you cut out over and match it to the fabric below.  Trace.  Create 4 mirrored honeycombs, as shown above.  Voila!   I hope you enjoy creating all kinds of designs with English Paper Piecing: I just love it!



I love Lucy Boston!

Boston in the Fall: our newest Lucy quilt, and we’re lovin’ it big time. The colors are amazing! But then again, it’s Autumn in New England, and with that kind of inspiration all around, you can’t go wrong. I literally start working on every block and say, “oooooo I LOVE this one BEST! This one is AMAZING!” … daughter Charlotte, in the meantime, rolls her eyes and just snaps the photos…

This is just one way to arrange the exclusive Tina Givens Afternoon Playground block.

The first step to creating a stunning Lucy Boston Block: work with lights and darks in contrasting colorways. (try a complementary set of blocks as well, added to a quilt, they really add a lovely, restful touch). I’m using a clear template to cut my blocks, so I can see what will fit in each frame. You’ll find them at in the Lucy Boston department. Any pattern you cut from the cloth will create a NEW patten when quilted into a Lucy Boston block! That’s the fun of it.

First step! Fold your fabric around the first two sides of the honeycomb paper, and make a quilter’s knot (two stitches instead of one) in that corner, catching all the fabrics. You can go through a third time if you don’t think this will hold.

Folding the first edge over the pre cut paper. Find the papers at!

Fold over the next edge, creating a corner, and run a stitch through your second corner. Follow through with each remaining corner until the last.

Tucking and sewing the corners in place

Last corner! Finish with a quilter’s knot.

Finis! Create as many as you can, with careful fussy cutting, from each piece of fabric. Four 10″ squares of fabric should yield enough for one block, while four fat quarters yield four to six blocks!

First finished honeycomb

First finished honeycomb


Bunches of Bumblebees, ready for the block!

Bunches of Bumblebees, ready for the block!

Complete 24 honeycombs from each fat quarter to create 4 blocks, and stay tuned for step 2 in our Lucy Boston in the Fall series!  #LucyMondays #LucyBostonJoy #tinagivens #lucyboston #ilovelucyboston #EPP #EnglishPaperPiecing #EPPeverywhere #PatchworkoftheCrosses #POTC #YouDownWithEpp #AnnaMariaHOrner #DenyseSchmidt #VictoriaandAlbertMuseum #VictoriaandAlbert #FreeSpiritFabrics #WestminsterFibers #IamaFreeSpirit #Handmade #Patchwork #kaffe #kaffefassett #millefiori #newhexagon #lapassacaglia #millefioriquilts