One of our comments from WEEK #4 of our SewAlong asked Pati about the difference between English Paper Piecing and Paper Piecing.
“There is always a little confusion with this:
In English Paper Piecing-is a hands on sewing method –no sewing machine required. Working with paper templates that are die cut from card stock in specific shapes and measurements like hexagons, diamonds, triangles etc… fabric is cut little larger than the template all around –(I usually cut a generous ¼”) then hand stitched around the shape thru the paper (or new glue pen method is being used a lot). Then the fabric shapes are whip-stitched together to create you block design like Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Stars etc… The beauty in English Paper Piecing is always the accuracy of the finished design and the hand work which is I love. Watch out – very addicting for some.
Paper Piecing is sometimes confused with Foundation Piecing. In Paper Piecing a design is printed or drawn on paper. Fabric is placed on top of the paper design and stitched thru paper and fabric to create the design (usually using a sewing machine) after the blocks are sewn together the paper is torn off. With Foundation Piecing –usually a light weight fabric is used and similar to Paper Piecing a design it can be printed or drawn on to the fabric or Crazy Quilt method where you just piece as you go but in all cases the base fabric is left in place.
Of course there are many other references for “paper piecing” –freeze paper, parchment paper etc.. This is just my spin on it.”