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Big Ol' Blossom Lap Quilt

By: Haley Pierson-Cox for thezenofmaking.com
Big Ol Blossom Lap Quilt
Big Ol Blossom Lap Quilt
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Enjoy creating a fun and playful quilt no one else in your circle of friends will have with this Big Ol' Blossom Lap Quilt. The name indeed says it all, and this quilt itself is created from giant hexies to resemble a big, playful flower. Sometimes you just need to do something fun and different with your home decor, and when it comes to fresh quilt ideas, free paper piecing patterns like this one allow you to use a traditional, beloved quilting method to create something a little more off the beaten path...and into the garden! 

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size41.5 inches wide x 41.5 inches long

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Intermediate

History of English Paper Piecing

We love English paper piecing here at FaveQuilts.com, especially this wonderful Big Ol' Blossom Lap Quilt. Did you know when the technique started, though? The tradition traces back to the late 18th century, when creating quilts needed to be practical yet decorative. Quilts made from paper piecing can contain a lot of history since paper artifacts like letters, newspaper clippings, sheet music, and any other scraps of paper can be preserved in the quilts. 

English paper piecing is also referred to as "foundation piecing." The "English" part of the phrase comes from the popularity in Great Britain. "Paper piecing" comes from exactly what you do in the method of quilting: use pieces of paper to construct the quilt. There are three specific techniques you can use in paper piecing: top pressed, under pressed, and single template piecing. Under pressed paper piecing is the most accurate because you're sewing directly on the foundation with the fabric underneath.

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Foundation piecing to me has always meant paper piecing method, only on fabric. Sometimes referred to as the stitch and flip method. I would never refer to EPP as foundation piecing.

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