Lucy Boston 1″ block – a start
For years I have admired English paper pieced (EPP) Lucy Boston quilts and quilt blocks. I especially love the fussy cutting that usually accompanies them. The symmetry, secondary patterns, and creativity in these blocks also appeal to me. So, of course I bought papers! And now I’ve finally made my first ever Lucy Boston 1″ block. It’s a start on what I’m sure will be a very long term project.
I first learned about these Lucy Boston quilt blocks from the ladies at
. Their weekly kits caught my attention, and this block is one of them. I bought all the fabrics and never made it. When July 4th rolled around and I felt sad I’d had no time to sew, I remembered this block. This block became my tiny holiday stitching project.
I started a larger size
with 2″ elongated hexagons, or honeycombs. I love it, but still wanted to make the smaller size. This block only measures 8.5″ square, so I’ll need many more to make a quilt! I purchased the paper pieces for both sizes at
Have you made a Lucy Boston quilt? Do you English paper piece? I didn’t think I’d enjoy it so much. For me, it’s definitely been a stage in life thing – when my lap was always full of children I certainly didn’t have a needle nearby. But now, it’s nice to have stitching I can carry everywhere I go. I might enjoy applique a tiny bit more, but as my skills improve I enjoy EPP more. Now, the real challenge is to find time to actually turn on my sewing machine! This summer is busy!