English Paper Piecing II

by Vicki Bellino
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In this follow-up to her best-selling book English Paper Piecing, Vicki Bellino presents a collection of enticing new designs for quilters of all ages and skill levels.

  • Expand your repertoire with a variety of shapes and add English paper piecing to quilts, table runners, and more
  • Choose from 11 eye-catching items ranging from a tote and sewing-machine cover to wall and lap quilts
  • Create relatively simple projects as well as more challenging designs

Author:
by Vicki Bellino
Size:
8.375" x 10.875"
Format Description:
full color; softcover
Pages:
64
Product Code:
B1234
ISBN:
9781604683653
Publication Date:
May 6th, 2014
Return Info:
This title accepted for returns only in resale condition
I am a volunteer in the library of the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. We recently received a wonderful donation of review copies of about two dozen books from Martingale Publishing, and I agreed to review some of them.
This book is a follow-up to the author's first book on English Paper Piecing (EPP). It contains several projects, most of which are small enough to let you try the technique without committing to doing a large quilt. There are several wall hangings, a tote bag, a bed runner, and two sizes of sewing machine covers, as well as a small quilt. The directions on how to do EPP are very clear, with great illustrations. The author also includes instructions on machine applique, as many of her projects use the EPP designs as appliqued embellishments. This is an attractive book, with colorful photos, clear illustrations of techniques, and full-size patterns to trace for making templates. If you want to try EPP or if you already know how but would like some additional inspiration, this is a great book to have.
Vicki loves paper piecing and it shows... Wall hangings, cover ups, bed runners, totes... each project showcasing hexagons, diamonds, scallops and other interesting shapes used very creatively. I particularly like the ones where Vicki appliqued the pieces onto blocks, with great template shapes used in unexpected ways. Whether you already love EPP or always wanted to try it, this book is a great choice. The general instructions at the beginning of the book are very detailed with clear diagrams, a useful resource for beginners and experienced paper piecers alike. Her designs blew me away...
I LOVE how Vicki shows how you can make traditional English Paper Pieced quilts with her detailed instructions and also use paper-piecing as in applique. She finishes the edges of her quilts with wonderful applique-looking borders for a re-do of Grandma's Garden. Plenty of smaller projects in this book if you want to try your hand at English Paper Piecing!
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Review from Online Quilt Magazine, June 2014

This book is a follow-up to the first book English Paper Piecing - Fresh New Quilts from Bloom Creek. Vicki has aimed to include projects for the beginner paper piecer as well as some more ambitious ones for those looking for a challenge.

The history of paper piecing goes back to the early 1700s at least and is a method which eliminates stretching and distortion along bias edges of small cut pieces of fabric. Vicki prefers purchasing ready-cut paper templates, but you can make your own. Templates are provided. (You can buy shapes from www.paperpieces.com or most quilt shops.)

She advises on fussy-cutting (if you wish), basting and preparing different shapes and whip stitching them together or appliqueing. Vicky explains several different techniques for this work and tells us which ways she prefers. The diagrams and directions are clear.

There are 10 very attractive and varied projects in this book ranging from small to large wall hangings, a bed runner, tote bag and two sizes and styles of sewing machine covers. If you wish to learn about paper piecing, then this is the book for you.