Archive | September 26

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!