Not quite a square yard – it’s about 32″ x 34″, and all pieced together now. Some people think English paper piecing is too fiddly and takes too long, but I find it fairly quick and very enjoyable. I’m already thinking about a bigger, bed-sized version.

slightly blurry picture, but you get the idea

All the curves went together just fine, after I added the balance lines.

look at that lovely curve

The best part of English paper pieced patchwork is removing the tacking thread and papers, when all the piecing is complete. The cloth starts to relax, and you can see what you’re working with.

some of the tacking and papers removed

Much nicer to handle, and the colours seem to come alive more.

A few more to go, then I need to think about how to back it, line it, or quilt it. Haven’t decided where it’s going yet. There will probably be textured yarns couched along some of the boundaries and of course some stitch here and there. Maybe even some tiny sheep.

some tacking still in, some already out

Initially this was going to be a PDF pattern but I think it might be a bit too complicated for that. There is quite a lot of tweaking and easing, to get the curves to lie correctly and line up the balance marks, which is easier to do than to explain. Maybe a PDF for the intrepid.

And, incidentally, there is thread in the shop.


I anticipate that this may well be the last thread update before Christmas, as our house move may or may not happen before then. Everything is still very up-in-the-air at this point. Good job I have the patchwork to keep me grounded.

Author: Karen

Textile and mixed media artist

12 thoughts on “Piecing”

  1. Yes, little sheep would be perfect! How many times have we seen a landscape and said it looked like a patchwork quilt. Now you have made a quilt that looks like a landscape.
    I am thinking ahead to 2024 and thinking I will do your 2023 templates. I like the idea of putting them in a book. How many inches did you leave between your pages so that you could accordion pleat them?
    Thank you for all your inspiration.

    1. thanks so much, Norma. My pages just have a small margin, about 3/8 to 1/2 inch or so but you could leave more space between if you prefer. I’ve only done these measurements because my fabric folded 12 times ended up this way.

  2. Gorgeous! I’ve been working through your landscape class and this pieced work is just more inspiration!

      1. thanks so much, Bernie. Yes, I think it’s probably destined for wall-hanging territory

  3. What a fabulous idea! You have created an artwork. Embellishing it with sheep and perhaps a tiny border collie would be great although it’s lovely on its own. Your hand dyed fabrics blend so naturally. Congratulations!

    1. thank you 🙂 Sometimes you just have to try these things just to see how they look. Tiny border collie is going to be a challenge!

    1. it had to be done, just to see how it would turn out. Now I need to figure out how to finish it…

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