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English Paper Piecing - Girt by Sea Center Medallion


by Jamie Trinier July 30, 2017

We have chosen English Paper Piecing for the skill to try or work on in our Skillz Box for July-September. EPP is all the rage right now on Instagram, so of course I had to give it a try!

The pattern we chose is the center medallion from Modern Makers “Girt by Sea” quilt. “Girt by Sea” is a collaborative pattern by a whole bunch of awesome Aussie makers and the center medallion is by Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth. Modern Makers are doing a sew along for "Girt by Sea" and there's still time to get in on the fun! "Girt by Sea" pattern is available on Craftsy.

Jodi is an EPP genius! Her website and IG are full of EPP gorgeousness, you should really check it out if you haven’t already!

Jodi has several great EPP tutorials that I used to figure out how to EPP. One that shows how to glue or thread baste and another one on stitching. Mister Domestic and Pat Bravo currently have an EPP Party happening and Mister Domestic has tons of great videos on YouTube to help get you going.

I will be doing a two part blog series on EPP, Part 1 will be on starting my project and Part 2 will be finishing.

Part 1

I chose to glue baste by pieces; to be honest, I didn’t try thread basting, as it seemed like more effort. Ha! So far, I’m happy with how the glue basting has worked; however, I haven’t tried taking a paper out yet, which is where I’ve read the problems come up. I’ll let you know in Part 2!

To cut my fabric pieces, I used my Add a Quarter ruler and drew a 3/8” line on it for the 3/8” seam allowance. I could have just used one of my other quilting rulers, but I like the slimness of the Add a Quarter.

 Girt by Sea English Paper Piecing Cutting

English Paper Piecing Cutting Template

At first, I used my seam roller to fold the seam allowance over, and then I glued it. Turns out that was just an extra step. Putting a dab of glue on and then finger pressing worked just fine.

English Paper Piecing Seam Rolling 

I like to do my prepping and sewing in stages. First I prepped and sewed the center star, then I prepped the white squares, grey diamonds and colored triangles. As of right now, I’m working on sewing the grey diamonds on.

 English Paper Piecing Center Star

English Paper Piecing Center Star an Square Ring

The sewing part is actually going a lot faster than I thought it would! I’m using Wonderfil Thread’s 100wt Invisafil and a #10 Sharps needle. I’ve been doing most of my sewing in the car on my commute in everyday. My hubby and I get to commute together, he drives and I sew! Perfect!

I actually wasn’t sure how much I would like EPP, mostly because of all the prep. But I’m actually finding the repetitive nature of the prep and hand stithing to be soothing. Especially like it as a way to wind down after a stressful day of work!

We hope you enjoy EPP too! I’ll share more in my Part 2 in a couple weeks!

Happy Sewing!




Jamie Trinier
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