EPP is English Paper Piecing. Once you have mastered this simple technique, you can use it for the whole of this HAL.
1. Cut one large hexagon into templates. Here I have cut three diamonds to make a tumbling block.
2. Choose fabrics for the three segments. This block works well with a dark, medium and light fabric of the same sort of colour so it looks 3D.
3. Grab a hold of your dorky portable sewing bag or box. Mine contains thread, some quilt basting needles, pins and scissors: paper scissors for cutting the templates, fabric scissors for cutting the fabrics and little embroidery scissors for snipping threads. Mine also contains a little rubbish bin for bits of fabric and thread. I slide paper templates down the side of the bag.
I use quilt basting needles which are long and very thin but use whichever needles suit you. I use Aurifil 50wt thread.
4. Pin one of the paper templates to one of your fabrics. Hold up to the light if you are fussy cutting.
5. Cut around the template aiming for a rough seam allowance of somewhere between 1/4" and 1/2".
6. Fold the edges of the fabric over the edges of the template and baste with long basting stitches. I sew all the way through the paper and fabric. I do not glue but some people do and swear by it. Some people sew just through the fabric and not the paper but I prefer sewing right through the whole lot. My stitches tend to be about an inch long. If you would like a video demonstration of the basting, let me know.
7. Once you have basted all the sections for a pieced hexagon, pin two pieces together, rights sides together, aligning the corners and edges.
8. Now sew along the edge of this seam. I secure with a double stitch at the start of the seam then sew what I think is called a whipstitch, where you sew a long line of stitches each looping in from the same side. I sew about 8-10 stitches per inch. If you would like a video demonstration of this stitch, let me know.
9. When you come to the third piece in this block, stitch along one edge then flip, re-align the seams for the next edge and stitch along there.
10. And voila, you have your first EPP pieced hexagon. You can do some of your hexagons by just using the whole of the large hexagon template, uncut.
Or you can cut up the hexagon in any way you can think of.
11. When you get to the point where you sew all these hexagons together, you do that in exactly the same way as sewing two sections of a block together here.
12. As sections and hexagons are completely surrounded by other ones, you can remove the basting stitches and slip out the paper templates. These can be re-used over and over.