Thursday, 30 January 2020

Hand Piecing 101 video

Guess what! I made a video.


A number of people have asked me about hand piecing recently so I made a video.  It's just a little home movie - nothing flash - but I think it covers all you need to know.

It's interesting that when I grew up in the 1980's in New Zealand my mum taught me how to English Paper Piece with hexagons.  It was a relaxing way to hand sew fabrics together.

But when I met Willyne Hammerstein from the Netherlands, she said that people in Europe grew up hand piecing, and they didn't understand why we insisted on wrapping fabric around papers (English Paper Piecing).

Now more and more of us who grew up English Paper Piecing are wanting to try hand piecing.  We realise that English Paper Piecing large quilts is hard on our hands and we think hand piecing will be gentler.   I've certainly enjoyed hand piecing the three large quilts I've made to date:

Glitter - designed by Jen Kingwell of Amitie Textiles

Bella Ruby pattern by Emma Di Stefano of Tree House Textiles

Pieces of the Past designed by Wendy Whellum of Legend and Lace

So, my little video will show you how I hand piece.  The actual stitching starts at 10:30 if you want to jump ahead to the sewing part.

I hope you find it useful.  If you have comments or questions just leave a comment below or on the video, or send me an email via the box on the right hand side of my blog.









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25 comments:

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Thank you so much for creating a video about hand piecing. It's something I'd love to try but always seemed a little overwhelming. I'll go and have a look now.

Hope you have a lovely stitchy weekend :)

Gretchen Weaver said...

I'm going to have to try some hand piecing. The last time I EPP'd, my left hand hurt from hold the pieces together and had to quit. Thanks for the tutorial!

Cathy said...

I'll definitely be watching your video some time in the future. Thank you for taking the time to make it. Although I've hand quilted many quilts I've never hand pieced one. I want to make Jen Kingwell's Daisy Do and I think that will have to be hand pieced. I machine pieced my Glitter quilt but don't think that will work very well for Daisy Do.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

I lived in Japan for 20+ years where the patchwork standard is definitely hand piecing, and seems to stems from the history of hand sewing kimonos. I especially enjoy hand piecing blocks that are difficult to sew on a machine. I really admire your Glitter quilt.

Shasta Matova said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I wanted to make the Glitter quilt and found it difficult to do with the sewing machine. I might have to try to do it by hand and make a smaller quilt.

Marie said...

I learned how to hand stitch like your European friends and much prefer it to EPP. There are a few instances where I've had to EPP but the extra step of wrapping fabric around the papers really slows me down. Ah well, its all stitching, isn't it?

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love hand piecing and quite a lot of my quilts are hand pieced and they are queen size I find it so relaxing. Over the years I have turned to my machine more for piecing quilts but I still love the peacefulness of hand work - I like EPP for hexagons but not much else.

Joan said...

Thanks, it's a great video!

suesinger said...

Thanks so much for the video. I just took a hand piecing class from Jen Kingwell and your video filled in many of the holes from her piecing methods. You made it look so simple. Love your tip for the y seam.
It was also great sewing and hearing you.
I was also thinking about you last week. I wore the possum gloves from the new Zealand company you recommended. So warm and comfy.
Can hardly wait to see what you do next.
Sue from california

LA Paylor said...

that was a terrific tutorial. I sure appreciate it! I've done EPP and like it, but want to try more intricate hand piecing as it seems more durable that the whip stitch of EPP. I now live in Colorado, but am from the Maryland area and know Ginny Beyer well. She always hand pieces the most intricate quilt patterns and even when watching her I didn't think I could be as accurate, but now I'm going to try it!
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Melva said...

Thanks for the video on EPP. May I link to it for one of my upcoming BOM patterns to be released in March?
MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com

Cathy Melancon said...

Hey Wendy!!! What a fantastic video!! Thank you for showing us all the tools you use and explaining everything perfectly!! Now I want to hand piece!!! Oh my!!!!

Kiwiquilter said...

Brilliant first video, Wendy. Thanks for doing this, you make it seem very achievable.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your video! Have just started my journey with hand piecing and I have just sen I am doing it all wrong. So very useful and I am now off to my happy place to have another go.

Unknown said...

Understand completely but do enjoy your blog. Very helpful for an inexperienced quilter like me.
Glenys Wild

Julierose said...

I want to try hand piecing; thank you for that lovely video...
hugs, Julierose

Marion said...

Thanks for the video. You have inspired me.

Terry said...

Thank you for taking the time to make this video. I always wanted to try hand piecing but didn't know how to start. You make it look enjoyable and fun. Really appreciate your knowledge on tools and method. I always look forward to reading your blog and seeing your gorgeous quilts.

allikatquilts.blogspot.com said...

Thank you for your hand piecing tutorial. I would like to make a Millefiori quilt and did some English paper piecing with freezer paper and glue and found the prep work ridiculously time consuming. I can see hand piecing being such an easier process. I had not seen the knot you used before either which you made look so easy.

maryannie said...

Thank you so much for making the video on hand piecing, especially showing the "Y" seams and tailor's knot. I've wanted to start hand piecing, and your video's provided me with inspiration and the confidence to actually begin!

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

Great tutorial. I love to hand piece - both traditional hand piecing and EPP. I'm currently working on a 24 inch Carpenter's Wheel with the diamonds, not half square triangles. Lots of Y seams, so I'm hand piecing and really loving the tight corners. Thanks for the hint on using the tailor's knot to avoid the bulk in the corners.

audrey said...

Wonderful tutorial Wendy! I have hand pieced blocks for two different quilts years ago, but was never very successful at making the tight corners. Your video really helps explain how to do that. Thank you! I have been tempted to try EPP many times but just couldn't quite understand the extra work involved.:)

Allison said...

Brilliant video! I'd never have considered hand piecing but now I'm keen to give it a go!

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I love hand piecing...last year I worked on Sarah Fielke's Grasshopper project and enjoyed the block making very much. I just don't find working with the machine as enjoyable. I love your video and I've bookmarked it to look back at. You did a great job, Wendy.

Mom of Three Quilter said...

I love hand work and particularly like having projects with me to take on the road and away from my sewing machine. Hand piecing sounds like a great option and your work is beautiful! Thank you for the instructions and pointers. I plan to try this!