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Favorite EPP Tools + a Giveaway!



English paper piecing is one of my favorite rainy day projects to work on. I love to grab my favorite supplies, some EPP blocks and get to work while watching a movie or just relaxing. But, guess what? There was a time I couldn't sew a single stitch by hand. I knew nothing!

Over the years I've learned some great EPP stitches and I honestly feel like anyone else can too! Even if you're strictly a machine sewist by heart :) So, today I've partnered with a couple businesses to bring you this post to get you started on your EPP journey, and offer up an awesome Giveaway!


SPONSOR:

A big thank you to Sue Daley Designs for sending a very generous package for the giveaway as well as my very own personalized rotating cutting mat! Thanks so much Sue! And a big thank you to Kim of RobotMomSews for sending a thread gloss as well! The other items will be from me! <3 i="">Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post.

Keep reading to checkout my favorite tools, plus enter to win your very own EPP Kit!

EPP Checklist

First, we'll start out with a basic checklist of necessary supplies. I promise I won't go too overboard and everything is pretty easy on the wallet as well which is great! Im sticking to just the basics!

Must-haves:
  • Milliners needles, size 10 or 11
  • Binding clips
  • Needle minder (or Pincushion)
  • Thread conditioner / wax
  • 1" x 6" acrylic ruler
  • 18 MM rotary cutter
  • Glue pen + glue refills
  • Marking pen
  • Paper pieces
  • Quality thread
  • Sharp snips (small scissors)

Optional:
  • Silicone or leather finger tip protectors (or thimble)
  • Needle threader
  • Shaped Acrylic EPP templates
If you'd like to purchase some of these items, I have curated an Amazon list titled Favorite EPP Tools that has all of my recommendations on it for you! You can grab everything in one place :)


My Favorites

Once you master the basics and have your tools, you can move on to new shapes. Now, I want to talk about some more specific brands, primarily the ones that I know and love and use on a daily basis. You do not have to buy these brands, my Amazon recommendations list provides alternatives.

Aurifil Thread, $4.50+
My go-to thread for everything. Aurifil 50wt. thread is smooth and doesn't produce lint or have frequent knots and breakage. You can get it in hundreds of colors, large or small spools, cones, and multiple weights.

My #1 website for Aurifil purchases in the U.S. is Hawthorne Supply Co. They have EVERY shade, weight, and multiple spool sizes. I love to buy the small spools in a rainbow of colors, its affordable and perfect for traveling. As an Aurifil Artisan I admittedly use lots of Aurifil threads for all of my projects, but even before I became an Artisan for the company I had a strong love for Aurifil and used it daily. 

Sue Daley Designs Milliners Needles
By far my favorite. Ive tried so many brands but nothing compares to Sue Daley. The little tube the needles come in is beyond convenient and super travel friendly, the gold tipped needles make it easy to see when threading and the needles themselves are just superb. They're long and thin which I LOVE! If I don't use a long needle, my hands get so sore and start to cramp. 

I often use Milliners #10 and #11 size from Sue Daley for hand sewing of all sorts, but especially EPP. They glide through the fabric without leaving a large hole and it just makes everything so seamless.

RobotMomSews Thread Gloss, $4 to $7
Kim of @robotmomsews has a wonderful little shop where she sells lots of shapes and scents of beeswax thread gloss at a super affordable price. And yea... she even has UNICORN THREAD GLOSS!

TheTrendyLittleGeek Unicorn Horn Needle Minder, $4.00
Beyond CUTE! I am obsessed with the little unicorn horn needle minders from the TrendyLittleGeek on Etsy. They snap onto fabric so easily and needle minders are great for when you need a super quick place to put your needle down during sewing. When I'm not using this one, it sits smack dab in the middle of my pin bowl :)

Binding Clips, $10
I have to admit my all-time favorite binding clip brand was Jen's Favorites from FatQuarterShop. Don't know where those went or what happened to them but they are gone (insert second cry face). So any brand will do really! They're useful for EPP, quilting, and so many other things :)

Sue Daley Glue Pen + Refills, $7.24+
I have used this glue pen for YEARS, and I'll tell you a little secret: any brand of glue pen refills will fit in these. So you can buy Fons and Porter glue refills at JoAnn fabrics, or Sewline and Sue Daley glue refills online and at quilt shops and they ALL fit! I do every bit of my EPP basting with glue. If you haven't tried it yet, you're so missing out. It is much quicker and provides more secure basting.

Olfa 18 MM Rotary Cutter, $12
Small rotary cutters are extremely good at cutting EPP pieces, especially those with curves. Because of their size they're also very easy to travel with and pair perfectly with a small cutting mat.

Sewline Styla Water Erasing Marking Pen (Blue), $5.50
I am not shy about using marking pens anymore, I've overcome my fear of stained fabric disasters. I really love the Sewline Styla Water Erasing pen in blue. Its vibrant but still removes super quick and has a nice ceramic 0.8mm roller ball that doesn't snag or fray fabrics.

PaperPieces.com and Sue Daley EPP Papers
These brands are my go-to for all paper pieces in any size and shape. For the U.S. the price and speed of shipping is unmatched. I get my items so quickly and I'm never disappointed in anything I've ever purchased, including entire quilt kits. You can also purchase an acrylic cutting template for basically EVERY EPP shape and size that PaperPieces.com sells. Amazing!!

1" x 6" Acrylic Ruler, $2.50 to $9.00
I think it goes without saying any brand will do, but a good 1" x 6" acrylic ruler with clear ¼" marking is just about the only ruler you'll need for most EPP projects. Its so easy to travel with and just a really great size for marking and cutting seams. You can find the Moda brand Travel Ruler at FatQuarterShop, but Fiskars and Creative Grids also make one commonly sold at JoAnn Fabrics and Amazon.com

And now onto the giveaway...


Prizes provided by Amista Baker, Sue Daley Designs, and RobotMomSews


GIVEAWAY DETAILS! 

There will be TWO winners! You could win a great EPP Favorites Prize Pack that includes:

Starter Package:
  • RobotMomSews Thread Gloss in Raspberry Jam
  • Sue Daley 1" Acrylic Hexagon Template
  • 100 ct. Sue Daley 1" paper hexagons
  • Sue Daley Glue Pen and refill
  • Sue Daley #10 and #11 Milliners Needles
  • Aurifil Threads, large spool in #2845
  • 2 ct. MODA Fabric Mini Charms (2.5)

Expert Package:
  • Sue Daley's Round We Go EPP Quilt Kit (papers, templates, pattern)

If you're interested in entering the giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter app below and follow the directions for ways you can earn multiple entries! Ends July 23rd, 2018. Winners will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours.

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*Any Amazon lists are linked to my Amazon Affiliate account. A small percentage of purchases helps me stay in business doing what I love and allowing me to bring you content like this :)

Stitch & Sew Swap



Are you interested in an awesome swap and a chance to win prizes??

For the next few weeks I will be helping Aneela Hoey promote her latest book, Stitch & Sew, by hosting an Instagram swap. All participants will be sewing up projects from the book that feature beautiful hand embroidery patterns.

PLUS every one who participates will be eligible to win 5 PDF patterns of their choice from Aneela's shop courtesy of Aneela herself as well as some Aurifloss and Wool thread spools courtesy of Aurifil!

Currently closed: All details can be found by visiting the Swap Sign Up Form including dates for all check ins, shipping date, and more. I hope you'll join us!