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English Paper Piecing Pattern: Tula Nova Quilt

Posted by Katie Remski on Jun 23, 2017 9:59:25 AM

EPP Week

For this chapter of EPP week, we have an introduction to a brand-new pattern: the Tula Nova quilt by Tula Pink! 

Tula Nova Quilt

Image: Instagram @tulapink 

Tula Nova is the latest quilt pattern from Tula Pink and Free Spirit Fabrics, featuring Tula's upcoming line Spirit Animal. After its debut at Spring 2017 Quilt Market in St. Louis, we couldn't wait to get our hands on the pattern! A single round medallion centered on a plain background finishing at about 56" square size, Tula Nova is undoubtedly impressive but still achieveable. 

Up close of the Tula Nova quilt

Tula Nova is composed of 7 shapes, none of them difficult or unusual-- triangles, pentagons, and rhombuses. These shapes combine to make bold stars that stand out beautifully.

The pattern includes all 520 paper pieces (yay!) and optional transparent, hot pink acrylic templates can be bought seperately for easy fussy cutting. The templates even come in a sturdy snap-to-close plastic box so you can stay organized. Use along with your other favorite EPP supplies-- glue pen for basting, applique needles, Aurifil 50wt thread, etc. 


Tula Nova Templates templates           


The Tula Nova pattern and acrylic templates are now available in store and online. If you're planning on making one of these beauties, make sure to tag us @pinkcastlefabrics with #tulanova so we can see your makes! 

 Click here to buy Tula Nova 


Previous posts for EPP Week:

Day 1: Supplies for EPP

Day 2: Hexagons Tutorial

Day 3: Fussy Cut Hexagons

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Topics: English Paper Piecing, quilt patterns, Paper Piecing, epp, tula pink, tula nova, free spirit, Techniques, Quilting

English Paper Piecing Hexagons Tutorial

Posted by Katie Remski on Jun 21, 2017 12:15:36 PM
EPP Week at Pink Castle Fabrics


For EPP Week day 2, we have an English Paper Piecing hexagons tutorial! Hexagons are the most popular shape for English Paper Piecing, so let's start by talking about what a hexagon is.

What is a hexagon? 

1" Hexagon

 A hexagon is a polygon with 6 sides that are all equal in length. Hexagons are measured by how long each side is-- a 1" hexagon, for example, has 1" sides. The radius of a hexagon is always twice the length of the side-- a hexagon with 1" sides has a 2" radius, measured from point to point. 


Hexagons fit together to make a honeycomb-like pattern, which requires using "Y" shaped seams. This is part of the reason hexagons are usually English paper pieced instead of sewn on a machine-- it's much easier to be precise and sew neat intersections by hand. 

Hexagon Diagram


English Paper Piecing Hexagons 

You'll need:

To see a complete list of supplies and accessories for EPP, click here for yesterday's post

step 1: tracing and cutting 

Hexie Template Cut Hexagon


Start with flat, ironed fabric. Lay template over fabric and trace all around the outside edge with a fabric pen or pencil. Whether you trace the lines onto the right or wrong side of the fabric is up to you-- sometimes the ink shows up better on the paler reverse side, or you want to fussy cut a motif (more on that coming later this week) so either side is fine based on your preference. Cut out hexagon on the traced line. 


Step 2: Basting 

This is the key step in EPP-- forming the fabric around the paper shape. There are 2 different ways people baste EPP shapes togther, one being with stitches and the other being with glue. There are pros and cons to both technique, and it all boils down to your personal preference which one you use. Here, we'll discuss the first method, thread basting. 

Thread Basting Method: 

Thread Basting Hexagons Thread Basting Hexagons


Lay paper piece down in the center of the cut hexagon, right side of fabric down. Thread needle; you can use the thread doubled or single strand. Knot one end. Fold fabric down on 2 sides of the hexagon and use Wonder Clip to hold the corner in place. Make two small stitches right on the corner, going only through the fabric (don't sew through the paper.) Pull snugly; fold down the next corner of fabric and move Wonder Clip to hold it in place, then make a small stitch in this corner. Keep going like this until you've come back to the first stitch where you began. Slip needle under the first stitch you made and secure with a small knot. Cut thread, and you're done!

Thread Basting Hexagons Thread Basting Hexagons


Glue Basting Method: 

Glue basting hexagons Glue basting hexagons

Lightly dab glue onto corners of fabric, then fold down. Repeat all the way around the hexagon, gluing at each corner, until all edges are flatly secured around the perimeter. Add more dabs of glue as needed to secure. It's totally ok if glue sticks to both paper and fabric--it will remove easily later. 

Glue basting hexagons Glue basting hexagons


Once you've got all your hexagons basted, it's time to sew them together!

Step 3: Sewing 2 Hexagons Together 

sewing 2 hexagons together sewing 2 hexagons together

Grab 2 basted hexagons. With right sides together and wrong sides (the side with the paper showing) facing out and papers still in place, use a clip to hold hexagons together, lining up sides. Thread needle and knot one end, but don't double the thread-- it would make it too thick and more likely to show. Use a whip stitch to sew the edges of one side together, being careful to sew only the fabric edges and not through the paper. At the end of the edge, tie off thread and snip it, leaving a very short tail. Remove clip and open piece to see your hexies!

You can add a third hexagon by sewing a basted one onto one of the 2 hexagons, then folding the piece so you can sew the other side to the second hexagon. 

Check back tomorrow for another great post in our English Paper piecing series!

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Topics: English Paper Piecing, hand sewing, epp, Techniques, Quilting

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