I remembered when I was first introduced to English Paper Piecing in beginner’s class, I thought it was cool and easy. On one hand I thought I am not sure I’ll be doing a lot of this (not a fan of hand stitching – I think it takes forever) and on the other hand I thought this is going to be great to carry with me anywhere. Lately, it has become handy for keeping busy at those times when due to electricity outage I can’t use my electric machine.
Anyway, I have been doing bits and pieces of EPP mostly Hexagons and a brief experiment with diamonds but I got tired of those. I wanted other interesting designs that would be easy for me to make…I’m terrible at following patterns so it had to be something I could figure out on my own. Plus I have all these invitation cards from A box full of Junk that needed recycling 🙂 .
I have always had to create my own templates for my EPP since buying prepackaged templates or those fancy Hexagon punches wasn’t an option. So to create any of the following templates: Equilateral triangle, diamonds, hexagon, elongated Hexagons, parallelograms…I use the isometric grid in the image above. I was given some copies of the template in class and I made more when I discovered how useful they can be. Now to make your templates, here is what to do:
- Trace out your desired shape in the size you want (you can also color it out to avoid confusion as below)
- Glue the cut out template to a cardboard, plastic template or anything that works for you (In my case I am using my recycled invitation cards) to cut out your “master template”
- Next, layer more cardboard, old magazines or again what ever you normally use for your EPP templates.
- Place your master template on your layers and cut around it using your paper scissors or your rotary cutter if you don’t cringe at the thought of cutting paper with it. Personally I find scissors an easier option, guess I’m not used to using my rotary cutter without mat or ruler which is not necessary with scissors
- Continue moving your master template around your layers until you have as many templates as you need.
If you need a template with seam allowance for the purpose of cutting out your fabric, repeat steps 1 -4 but make sure to add your seam allowance in step one. Each line of my isometric grid is 1/4″apart which makes it easy to add seam allowance to the desired shape.
You can conveniently cut out a 6.5″ triangle and 5″diamond template from this grid. I have searched everywhere online for a downloadable copy of this template to no avail. However,thanks to Jennifer of @Dizzy Quilter I found this link where you can generate a similar template if you choose equilateral triangle.However, the steps above works with any isometric grid or template you decide to use. https://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ (you can generate a template with your desired line color, line weight, sides of the equilateral triangle – I’d recommend a sheet with 0.5″ sides of triangle as in an image above)
And now for the fun part, I found out I could create my own EPP designs using this Isometric grid template. To do the same, simply decide the shape and size you are interested in making your center piece then color that in. Keep coloring other shapes around it to create a design or an “idea” (Note: it does’t matter if you can realistically piece your design or not at this point as you can always change it around) Here are some designs I created using this grid.
I’m sure you get the point by now and obviously don’t need more photos 🙂 so thanks for stopping by and I hope you find this useful. As always, kindly share your thoughts, ideas and advise in the comment section. Enjoy the rest of your week!
P.S: I will update this post with a scanned copy of the isometric grid as soon as I can.