The challenge is out, lets see how many of us can join the wonderful new campaign called Stitching for Pink !!! Starts today until 30 October. Its gonna be so much fun with 10 projects to complete. Come on Embroiderers lets unite and join the fight against Breast Cancer !!!
Ruth, Just wanted to say thank you for the thoughts and prayers for my daughter Sarah! I have posted updated information and wanted to let you know I appreciated the support during such a difficult time!
I am more than happy to share what I have learned!
There are two major companies that provided EPP shapes, "Quilt Patis" and "Paper Pieces". They both provide die cut english paper piecing shapes. There is a difference between their products though. "Quilt Patis" shapes are die cut from Mylar and "Paper Pieces" shapes are die cut from card stock. Both company's product have their pros and cons.
Mylar shapes: These are plastic, very durable shapes that will last just about forever. If you plan to do a lot of "English Paper Piecing" of a single shape, this may be the route you want to take. The draw back is they do not bend easily and this is sometimes needed when stitching a tight corner. The Mylar shapes are more costly. However, they may be worth the extra money to have them last forever, especially if you plan to use something like just hexagons to make many "Grandmother's Flower Garden" projects. The mylar shapes have a hole in the middle where you can use a pin to secure the fabric to the shape for basting. When basting you gather the corners of the fabric for you can not sew to the shape.
Card stock shapes: These shapes are die cut out of card stock about the thickness of index cards. Depending on the shape, the paper piece will last for several uses. I have found that the 1" or larger hexagons can be used over 50 times, but then the small triangles are maybe worn out after 5 or so uses. The card stock is very flexible and will bend when stitching sharp corners. The card stock shapes are much more economical to purchase. If you plan to do "English Paper Piecing" with many different shapes, this may be the route to go cost wise. With the paper shapes you can baste your fabric to the shape to help keep the shape from slipping out while whip stitching.
That is my 2 cents worth on "English Paper Piecing" pre-cut shapes.
Thanks, Ruth. I enjoy making hexes but as you can tell from my photos I do have a hard time getting them finished. I love your quilts and bags! The log cabin pattern is one my grandmother made a lot of and I have one that I use on my bed in the winter. I have never made one, but it is on my "to do" list. Debbie