Monday, 29 February 2016

Perpetual Spring English Paper Piecing PDF Pattern

English paper piecing wallhanging in yellow

I'm so excited to finally be releasing my latest English paper piecing PDF sewing pattern. While I was tempted to just call it 'The Daffodil One', which is how it's referred to in my own house, I'm imagining other sewers may wish to reincarnate this pattern in colours other than yellow! So, the name 'Perpetual Spring' feels like it could represent any number of springtime flowers and echoes the optimism that seems to hang in the air at this time of year, as well as reflecting the recurring flower shapes in the design*. 

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One of the main quirks of this pattern is that it involves some curved piecing, which may be a welcome variation for experienced English paper piecers (and to be experienced at EPP, I really think you only need one project under your belt to have grasped all the basics!).  

So here are a few details about what the Perpetual Spring pattern includes:
  • Full-size pattern pieces that can be printed on regular printer paper at home.
  • A mix of photos and diagrams to clearly illustrate how to construct the blocks and sew the pieces together. 
  • Lots of tips for how to english paper piece curves - from wrapping the papers to sewing the actual pieces together.
  • A colouring sheet so that you can plan out a colour scheme.
  • Used at 100% actual size the pattern pieces produce a finished design that measures approximately 24.5" x 25",  but the pieces can easily be scaled up on a photocopier for a full-size quilt. 
  • The pattern includes a 3/4" seam allowance around the perimeter of the completed piece - this means that you have extra room built in to: frame it; bind it; make it into a cushion (which you'd need a seam allowance for); or use it as the central medallion in a quilt. 
  • The more complicated piecing is a suitable challenge for anyone who has successfully completed at least one paper piecing project already. 
  • It's instantly downloadable for you to save and print out from your own computer 
  • It costs just £6 (at the time of writing, that's around $8.40USD, $11.70AUD, $11.30 CAD). 
  • You can buy a copy, here!
Buy the Pattern!

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If you buy the pattern, I would love to see how you get on with it, so please do feel free to tag a photo with #PerpetualSpringEPP on Twitter or Instagram or email me a photo at flossieteacakes (at) gmail (dot) com.

English paper piecing close up

If you'd like to read more about my own version of Perpetual Spring (which I quilted before framing), you can find a post about it here

Or if you're looking to read more around EPP, you can find a post on fussy-cutting here; a post on my favourite threads for EPP here; a guide to framing your work here; or a post written for complete beginners when I myself was one too, here (note, use good quality paper, rather than card now!). Or if you're interested in an EPP Pattern that doesn't contain curves, you might like this one.

Florence x

* For me, the name Perpetual Spring is also a nod to the fact that I started sewing this piece as the daffodils were coming out last spring and finished it only as they were coming out again this spring! It's truly not a pattern that takes anything like a year to complete - the actual sewing time was probably just a few weeks in total and I'm sure many people would sew it up even quicker - but I am unhurried in both my stitches and seemingly in my need to complete a project in any particular timeframe. Perpetual Spring has a little more grace as a title to it than Slow Loris though, no? Did you know that the slow loris has the slowest primate life history, with a pregnancy that lasting for six months, only to give birth to babies the weight of a handful of paperclips!

10 comments:

  1. absolutely beautiful. and your frame is inspirational too.

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  2. This is so very lovely! I've just gone back and read your post on EPP for beginners- thank you for putting together such a comprehensive guide! I'd love to give this a try after getting a simpler project under my belt!

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    1. You're really welcome - good look on your first venture!

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  3. It's so beautiful. English paper piecing is definitely on my to do list when my little ones are bigger and I have more free time. :)

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    1. That's the thing I quite about EPP - apart from the initial preparation time, it fits in better with family life than sewing machine-based sewing as it's so portable :)

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  5. After I finish my La Passacaglia I am doing this I think. I wonder though - I use the "American" style of hand piecing where I skip the paper and draw directly on the fabric - any idea if anyone has done this with your curved patterns?

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  6. You mean with a running stitch? I haven't seen anyone else doing that, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't work. I'd love to know how you find it once you get started. I dream of finishing my La Passacaglia, but I seem to have hit a bit of a wall with it...one day! x

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Florence x

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