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This week I’m really looking forward to the arrival of my print copy of All Points Patchwork, a lovely English paper piecing book by Diane Gilleland of craftypod.com. I’ve spent the past week pouring over the digital advance copy and can’t wait to get my hands on the actual pages!

All Points Patchwork provides clear, user-friendly, and thorough instructions on how to use English paper piecing (EPP) to create stunning patchwork. This isn’t a project book – there are no step-by-step tutorials on how to complete specific projects – but instead is a beautiful and intuitive primer on how to use EPP. As someone who frequently passes over purchasing craft books because I don’t want to make more than one or two of the projects in the book, I was pleased by this open-ended approach. Make no mistake – there are plenty of project ideas and beautiful photos in this book! But Gilleland teaches you how to do the piecing; the exact application is up to you.

And teach piecing she does. I’ve tried a little EPP for applique for tricky spots in small quilts but have never attempted a large project; now I feel much more confident about trying my hand at something sizable. Gilleland breaks down the history of EPP, how it differs from other types of piecing, the various types of templates/shapes and basting techniques, how to work with the templates, how to join patchwork pieces, how to design a pattern, the effects of color and scale, and how to handle trouble spots like mis-matched edges. The book includes a generous number of templates to get you started.


There are, of course, wonderful photos to illustrate piecing techniques and the possibilities of finished projects. From pillows to a child’s dress to throw quilts, Gilleland uses every opportunity to show off how the crisp lines of EPP patchwork can turn a nice project into a stunning one. Gilleland’s charming handiwork graces dozens of projects large and small. There is a starting point here for just about any sewist interested in trying EPP.


With summer rapidly approaching, I’m looking forward to starting on some portable hand-stitching work that can travel with me. I think something inspired by this might fit the bill nicely:


All Points Patchwork is available May 19, 2015.

All images excerpted from: All Points Patchwork (c) Diane Gilleland. Photographs by (c) Alexandra Grablewski. Borrowed with permission of Storey Publishing.