The Complete English Paper Piecing Tutorial Guide

Hide Your Stitches Using the Flat Back Stitch


Karen Tripp

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  1. Lucie Biesenthal 4 days ago

    Hello Karen!!

    I’m new to EPP. I started off doing a bunch of different stitches and then became totally enchanted with your flat back stitch. My work is improving with practice!!

    I have done some Grandmother’s Flower Garden for starters and have appliqued one flower at a time to a quilted background to make candle mats.
    The next motif I tried was a star shape and there is a lot of seam allowance ‘sticking’ out at the ends. How do I deal with these in order to applique this motif
    down. Cut most of it off, glue it down, whipstitch the seam allowances together to hide them???

    I did search your videos – they don’t deal with this.

    I love your work – it’s just lovely – and your videos are great!!! And I am in no rush for an answer.

    Thanks so much

    Lucie Biesenthal Slate River, Ontario, Canada

    • Author
      Karen Tripp 4 days ago

      Hi Lucie,

      The little tales you are talking about are always an issue with Applique. You do not want to trim them too much or they will fray. But you do have to trim them, so it is a balance. I’ll be doing a video on this topic soon and I’ll keep you posted!

  2. Lucie Biesenthal 3 days ago

    Thank you Karen – I look forward to the video.
    Happy stitching

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