I have noticed in an English Paper Piecing facebook group I am in that newbies regularly ask how to piece the shapes together. I find that this is personal, though interesting to see how others do it.
So, here I am sharing how I am putting together my EPP star quilt.
As my quilt is scrappy I start by randomly picking 3 diamonds and sewing them together as shown:
When I have a nice pile of half stars I'll sew the halves together randomly:
When I have a nice stack of stars I sew them into larger 'slabs':
This picture shows 5 slabs on top of each other. This size allows me to keep my sections flat as they aren't too large, yet I am starting to put my top together.
To make the slab I start with a star and add hexagons around it:
Next I add 5 stars around this:
You may have noticed that I prefer to use continuous thread where possible!Nearly there!
Now I store these until I'm ready to put the top together. Each of these will fit together easily without having to add additional pieces and this allows me to ensure that I distribute colours, fabrics etc throughout the quilt.
I think that I am going to need 15 of these to complete my quilt top ... that decision hasn't been made yet!!
I hope this visual is useful and that you were able to follow it.
Thank you for popping by