All Points Patchwork: Book Giveaway and Author Interview

comments (47) July 6th, 2015     

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Beloved sewing personality and CraftStylish contributor Diane Gilleland has a new book out, and you're sure to want it on your shelf. All Points Patchwork (Storey Publishing, 2015) is chock-full of creative and fascinating ideas for using the English paper piecing (EPP) technique.

Diane Gilleland took time to answer our questions about her book and her work in general, and we're sharing that conversation below. We are also giving away two copies of the book. Leave a comment by July 17, 2015, and you could take one home!

CraftStylish: What inspired you to write All Points Patchwork?

Diane Gilleland: I've always loved intricate patchwork but never found it very easy-or relaxing-to try and get perfectly matched seams and points on my sewing machine. The first time I tried English paper piecing with hexagons, I knew I'd stumbled onto something very special, an utterly simple way to create the kaleidoscopic, mosaic-like patterns I wanted to make.

I wanted to do two things with All Points Patchwork. First, I wanted to show people that EPP goes way beyond hexagons. You can do this technique with all kinds of shapes: triangles, diamonds, octagons-even curved-edge shapes! And I also wanted to do a book that was completely devoted to technique and packed with great tips and tricks. I love a good project book as much as the next crafter, but it's so easy to create your own patterns with EPP. My book goes into great detail on how to do that.


CS: Your new book features a ton of wonderful project ideas. Do you have any favorites and why?

DG: I had a wonderful time coming up with project ideas for this book. EPP just has so much creative potential in it! And I tried to make All Points Patchwork the kind of book that would equip readers to dream up thousands of their own projects. A couple absolute favorites: I designed a hexagon quilt for those of us who love them but can't seem to finish the hundreds or thousands of patches that go into the traditional style. My hexies were 8 inches across, so I only needed 37 of them in my quilt! I also pieced two big sections of patchwork fabric, pinned pattern pieces to them, and then cut and sewed a simple cat softie.


CS: What's your best piece of advice for anyone new to English paper piecing?

DG: Start with a hexagon patch that has 1" sides. It's the best shape and size to learn basting and sewing with. Don't worry too much about embarking on a big, detailed project your first time out - seven hexagons will stitch together into a dandy flower-shaped coaster. I recommend starting with templates made of lightweight cardstock instead of printer paper for best accuracy. And have some good friends nearby, or a great show on Netflix, and a nice cup of tea.


CS: Where did you learn most of your tips and tricks from? (Trial and error, a family member, instructional books, etc.)

DG: My first exposure to EPP was actually here on CraftStylish. Mary Ray's tutorial inspired me to get some templates and try the technique. I learned a lot from video tutorials on YouTube, too. But many of the tips and tricks in my book are things I arrived at through trial and error. I'm always trying little methods to see if I can get more perfect results with less effort, and from time to time my laziness pays off!


CS: What can readers look forward to seeing from you in the future?

DG: I release original EPP patterns from time to time. You can see what I have so far on my Craftsy shop page. And I have a little newsletter for those who want a shout-out when a new pattern releases. I have about 15 projects in various stages of completion, so there's always something interesting going on.

Thank you to Diane for her answers. Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of her new book!


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Comments (47)

solveig23e writes: Looks difficult anyways.
Posted: 4:18 am on July 18th
BkLvr writes: This is something I've never tried, and it sounds like this book would be just what I need to learn a new technique.
Posted: 2:34 pm on July 17th
sewold writes: Paper piecing keeps me more accurate. I covet this book!
Posted: 9:21 am on July 16th
sarenbrandt writes: Too hard 4 me but I'll keep trying!
Posted: 2:13 am on July 16th
cnuland writes: I haven't tried EPP yet; this looks like a fun book!
Posted: 9:32 pm on July 15th
sewpositivepam writes: I love trying new methods for quilt making. This looks good!
Posted: 7:00 am on July 14th
fromtheheart writes: This looks amazing! I just saw this book at our public library and I'd love to have it in my own library.
Please!!?? Thanks for the opportunity for some lucky one!
Posted: 9:10 pm on July 13th
j47cats writes: I have done some EPP but would like to learn and try more. This looks like a very interesting and complete book. I'd love to win it so I can expand my knowledge and experience. Pick me!

Posted: 10:39 pm on July 12th
sewittoday writes: Looks like fun, I have only done a couple of little projects,
would be fun to learn more.
Posted: 5:10 pm on July 11th
millieanne writes: This sounds like a good book and I do need help with my EPP. Thanks for the chance to win.
Posted: 4:07 pm on July 11th
Caryl61 writes: What incredibly beautiful piecing! I would love to add this book to my library! Thank you for highlighting this wonderful author!
Posted: 3:58 pm on July 11th
smileyteacher writes: I would love to learn paper peicing
Posted: 1:11 pm on July 11th
LDL writes: These designs look so new and fresh I want to try as many as I can!
Posted: 11:01 am on July 11th
sandy830 writes: I would love to have this book because of Christmas coming. I could make different shapes and projects.

Posted: 10:24 am on July 11th
pattipat writes: I would love to try paper piecing and this book looks like it would be very helpful. Thanks for the opportunity.
Posted: 9:16 am on July 11th
sumac05301 writes: Looks like some great new ideas in this book. I'd love to try some.
Posted: 7:19 am on July 11th
user-537631 writes: This book offers many techniques that I have not already tried. I love a new chalenge!
Posted: 4:20 am on July 11th
edeloof writes: Thanks for the opportunity. I also turned to EPP for the control it gives me. I taught myself in spring of 2014 and since then I've pieced 4 full size quilt tops. Maybe it's time I moved on to some different shapes!
Posted: 11:52 pm on July 10th
wendyfire writes: Wow, what a fun way to take paper crafting! I did quilt squares with elementary students years so... Whew... What an endeavor (hard for them to understand layering!). I'd love to win the book and do this for making my own cards. :)
Posted: 10:23 pm on July 10th
wharrison writes: Oh! I would love to have this book!! I think I would actually enjoy this very much. I love paper piecing by machine and I'm sure I would love doing it by hand.
Posted: 10:20 pm on July 10th
AliCB writes: Looks like a great book! Looking forward to reading it and trying some EPP.
Posted: 10:13 pm on July 10th
mousecat writes: That book looks really good. I want to start to learn quilting!
Posted: 9:31 pm on July 10th
user-3577098 writes: Met a gentleman vendor at recent quilt show who showed me his beautiful examples, and wondered where to find patterns. It's his way of keeping busy during slow times.
Posted: 9:03 pm on July 10th
325banker writes: Looks like a book full of great ideas. I love EPP
Posted: 8:57 pm on July 10th
KraftyKatKid writes: Looks like it will give me plenty of new projects to tackle.
Posted: 7:57 pm on July 10th
DaisyM writes: Thank you for this opportunity to gave a chance of winning this book. I am always looking for new ideas in quilting.
Posted: 7:27 pm on July 10th
Mayell writes: Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds great!
Posted: 7:07 pm on July 10th
crafty_grandma writes: Interesting new craft for me anyway - love to give it a go...since no English books are available in stores or library it would be a real treat!
Posted: 7:04 pm on July 10th
Carly_Sue writes: This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win it. You are so gifted!
Posted: 6:50 pm on July 10th
ChocLab writes: I've done a few hexagons, but nothing much. Now my friend wants to try it, so we could try out some of the book's projects together!
Posted: 6:43 pm on July 10th
EIO writes: I can't wait to have it in my library.
Posted: 6:38 pm on July 10th
lvnvmarth writes: This is definitely a book that must be in my library.
Posted: 6:11 pm on July 10th
chelosunny writes: This time last year I was knee deep in hexies. It is time for some new ideas. Thx for the giveaway and the neat interview. It personalizes it.
Posted: 5:20 pm on July 10th
dixdizzy writes: I am passionate about EPP and would love to work from this book. Thanks for the chance.
Posted: 4:41 pm on July 10th
RushW writes: I would love to win this book; it looks like so much fun.
Posted: 4:30 pm on July 10th
docwhaley writes: I've made one quilt with paper piecing and absolutely loved it.
Posted: 4:30 pm on July 10th
erey writes: Have never tried English paper piecing- looks fun!
Posted: 4:25 pm on July 10th
fabricstitcher writes: Paper piecing is really enjoyable, and it would be great to win a book that has suggestions for projects!
Posted: 4:03 pm on July 10th
jacqsierae writes: Wonderful!
Posted: 3:52 pm on July 10th
joanrob8 writes: Thank you for taking the time to giveaway a copy of your book. If I win, I promise is put it to good use.
Posted: 3:51 pm on July 10th
user-2823123 writes: As a person who has never done any type of quilting
before I think this would be a great project to do in
the fall. I think it could concept could be incorporated
into home accessories as well as ready-to-wear.
I would love to win a copy of this book.:)
Posted: 3:41 pm on July 10th
theresan writes: I'm always looking for new ideas.
Posted: 3:38 pm on July 10th
fr8rain writes: I've never done paper piecing before but would like to try. Having a book by my side to refer to would help tremendously
Posted: 3:35 pm on July 10th
user-2477672 writes: I haven't tried English paper piecing before. Looks like a new technique to learn.
Posted: 3:29 pm on July 10th
kcisis writes: I usually do crazy quilting, but love the intricasy of these & for me, not use to working with patterns, the ability to make my own
Posted: 3:22 pm on July 10th
bluestar writes: What a neat looking book!
Posted: 3:15 pm on July 10th
jennieMB writes: Looks good. I like intricate little projects and have always thought of starting a quilt.
Posted: 6:16 pm on July 7th
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