English Paper Piecing is one of our favourite techniques this time of year. Just add a sofa, our favourite lap quilt and a roaring fire and we’re in patchwork heaven. Curl up and sew this sweet hexies snowflake by Fiona Leontis. It was first featured in issue 14.
We’re sharing one of our favourite tutorials from our archives for today’s Quilty Advent Calendar post. This project is a small taster of what you can find inside Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. If you live here in the UK, you can get a bundle of Cotton + Steel fat quarters when you subscribe before 28th December 2017.
How to sew a snowflake EPP cushion
You will need…
For the cushion front only:
- White fabric, 10in square approx, for hexagons
- 111⁄2in square background fabric
- Silver embroidery thread
- Seven (7) silver beads
- Basic knowledge of how to English Paper Piece – if you’ve never tried it before, have a read of this handy tutorial from blogger Flossie Teacakes before you begin.
- 111⁄2in square
Piecing the hexagons
Step one: Download and print out our free hexagon templates (above). Prepare twelve (12) 1in hexagons of white fabric (use the 11⁄4in hexagon fabric template to cut out twelve 11⁄4 white fabric hexagons and baste each of these around a 1in paper hexagon). You will also need to prepare one smaller, ¾in hexagon, also in white fabric, for the centre of the snowflake (cut a 1in fabric hexie for this).
Assemble the snowflake
Step two: Take the twelve larger hexagons and arrange into pairs. Sew each pair together along one edge (Fig 1).
Step three: Arrange into a flower shape (with a gap in the centre) as pictured and sew the central ring of hexagons together (Fig 2).
Step four: Give your snowflake a quick press before removing any basting stitches, if necessary. Carefully pull out the paper templates, making sure to keep the outer edges of fabric folded under.
Step five: Position the hexagon snowflake in the middle of the background fabric. Use a little basting glue to hold in place and sew in place using whipstitch or ladder stitch.
Step six: Press your small hexagon and carefully remove the paper template. Place in the centre of the snowflake shape and sew in place in the same way (Fig 3).
Beading and finishing
Step seven: Use a couple of strands of embroidery thread to secure the seven beads in place in the middle of the small hexagon, adding a long stitch between each bead to make a mini snowflake (Fig 4).
Step eight: To finish, quilt as desired. We stitched around the outline of the snowflake shape, using a 1⁄4 in seam allowance.
Add an envelope back to make a quick cushion, or create a quilt sandwich and bind to make a mini quilt.