Are these patterns beginner friendly? Yes! Both methods are beginner friendly! If you can sew, you can use either method. Start with the National Park Sign if you have never paper pieced before.
Can I get printed copies? At this time, I only offer PDF patterns. They can easily be printed from any home computer, or you can send them to your local Kinkos/print at the library.
Where are the videos posted? They are posted to YouTube for you to watch on your own schedule.
What size are the patterns? These are all 4.5″ square, 4.5″ x 9″ or 9″ x 4.5″, or 9″ x 9″. I don’t have variations of sizes, but some quilters have increased the pattern to make larger blocks.
What method is shown? I generally piece first in EPP for the photos, then I make the pattern in FPP for the videos. Since FPP is faster, this is the method I use for the live videos. I have several videos on how to EPP on my blog; they will be moved to YouTube soon.
Which method is easier? Both are simple. I have a method for FPP that makes it easier than how most people teach. EPP has a shorter learning curve, because the templates can be folded and manipulated, and there is one stitch. There are smaller pieces in my patterns than normal with EPP, but again, I have easy ‘hacks’ to make these a breeze. I have a short attention span; if I get frustrated easily with a pattern, or pieces, it never makes it to print 🙂
FPP uses a machine. The learning curve isn’t hard. I haven’t lost a student yet, so I’m confident that you’ll be successful!
All you need to do is decide which method you prefer!
What is your cancelation policy? You may cancel at anytime! (But I’m pretty sure you’ll be obsessed with these little blocks!) If you wish to cancel, you may do so from inside your account.
How long is the subscription? This is a month to month subscription. You can subscribe as long as you want, and cancel your subscription when you want! This isn’t a block of the month club; there isn’t an anticipated ending date. This is like a subscription box, but better because you don’t have to wait for anything to arrive at your home, you can print the patterns on your schedule.
Will you have previous blocks in this subscription? No. Each month will have brand new patterns. You can purchase the previous blocks individually.
Choose English or Foundation Paper Piecing
English Paper Piecing
This is a technique that involves fabric wrapped over a paper template, and template pieces are whip stitched by hand. I had previously poo-pooed this method thinking it was like traditional hand piecing with a 1/4″ seam and a running stitch. It sounded like a horrible way to spend my time. I decided to give it a go before a trip (where I couldn’t take my sewing machine), and I pieced ALL the pieces I had prepped FOR my trip! I was INSTANTLY hooked!!!
This method is fantastic for sewing while you travel, or in the evenings while watching TV! It is portable, and supplies can easily fit in a small bag (I often toss my piecing bag into my little purse, if I know I might be waiting somewhere…idle hands and all that ;P)
The learning curve for this method is also very short. Because the fabric is stabilized with paper, it allows for seemingly complicated designs to be made very easily!!
Foundation Paper Piecing
This method is similar to English paper piecing, in that they both use paper. However, with foundation paper piecing (or FPP) you use a sewing machine to sew pieces together, and you will sew on top of the paper, on solid line, between 2 spaces. This method has gotten a bad wrap; for one reason or another, many sewists think that this is a complicated method, and requires a super ability. I have a simple, foolproof method for teaching FPP. This method doesn’t involve magic…but the end result really is magical!!! We sew right sides together, and use a 1/4″ seam…just like you are likely used to!
This method allows for details that are not possible with traditional piecing or English paper piecing (EPP). No need to be daunted by the details – the method is always the same. AND! There are no curved seams!! This method allows for the appearance of curves…without the fuss!!
If your preference is to sew by machine, this is the method for you!!!
Don’t know how to EPP or FPP?
No problem!! Every pattern comes with a simple National Park Sign that you should start with. It will help you get comfortable with English or foundation paper piecing.
After you purchase, you will get a welcome email with links to videos on how to EPP or FPP.
Please join the Quilt Along group so you can get supportive help from other quilters, and Rachael!
Meet Rachael – your pattern designer
I believe that YOU are wildly creative…and we are conditioned to believe that we aren’t. I’ve designed these patterns to draw out your inner artist! You’ll create a functional piece of art!! These patterns allow you to ‘paint’ with fabric!
Like so many artists, my inspiration comes from things around me. My family and I love traveling in our vintage Airstream. We are National Park lovers, which has been the inspiration for the National Park patterns.
It brings me SO MUCH delight seeing how you make my patterns your own! Please tag me in your photos; I can’t wait to see your creations!
Learn how to English or Foundation Paper Piece using your favorite topic: National Parks! Make a pillow, tote, wall hanging, or even a quilt! These blocks also make great gifts!
Let your creativity run wild, and let your inner artist out (even if you don’t think she’s in there…she is!!!)! Explore color by using fabric as your paint!!
Join the Facebook™️ group…get support, encouragement, troubleshoot, learn about National Parks, share your love of sewing and National Parks. Numerous sewists have mentioned this group is just the thing they’ve needed to get their mind off current events.
Sneak Peek at June’s Patterns
Mission Concepción – Missions NHP