I think one of the the most popular shapes for English paper piecing is the hexagon.
We need paper templates for English paper piecing and we could buy these templates or we could make our own templates.
If you think this task is boring and takes too much time, check out the technique I explained here – it’s a fun, quick and easy way to cut piles of templates in no time!
But why would we limit this technique to hexagons? We can combine these hexagons with other shapes, like half-hexagons, diamonds and triangles, to make new quilt designs.
Here are just a few simple designs.
So I thought to make for you sheets with these shapes, too. Again, review the technique explained for cutting hexagons. We will use the same technique for these shapes, as well.
This is the half-hexagon sheet. You cut the shapes in the same way we cut the hexagon, there is just one more vertical cut for each group of hexies.
First, cut on the vertical dashed lines then on the horizontal lines.
Then remove the corner pieces.
This is the diamond/triangle sheet.
You cut first on one of the diagonal lines then on the other diagonal.
This is the result: diamonds, equilateral triangles…
And if you need more triangles, you just cut some of the diamonds in half.
If you want to keep these sheets handy, click below to download them.
If you need a size that is not listed here, just print the next bigger size at a reduced scale.
(As example, if you need 7/8” pieces, print the 1” sheet at 87.5%).