I returned from a successful West Country Quilt and Textile show last weekend and have finally gathered enough energy to list some pre-cut paper piece kits in our Etsy store. These are the three designs that are currently available: Tessellated Madness, Louie’s Lattice and Beads.

precut kits

Each kit contains enough pre-cut paper pieces to make the cushions as shown above without the need to re-use any pieces. The papers are a sturdy 160gsm which means they will hold up to re-use multiple times if you are careful with them.

tessellated madness kit

Tessellated Madness

louie's lattice kit

Louie’s Lattice

beads kit


I had so much fun sharing my love of EPP at the quilt show and I’m really excited to be able to put these kits into the online domain.

Mel from Sugar Bowl Crafts has been stitching up some magic with two of the kits, Tessellated Madness and Louie’s Lattice. You can find her progress over on Instagram.

I’m currently sewing up another version of Tessellated Madness using these gorgeous fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics. I’ll share pictures of the finished project in due course but if you want to see it in progress you’ll find lots here.


Catch you soon x

West Country Quilt and Textile Show 2017

We’ll be heading south this weekend for the West Country Quilt and Textile Show. The show is running from 1st – 3rd September at the UWE Exhibition centre. You’ll find us on stand 125, so please do pop by and say hello if you’re in the area.


We’re really excited to be debuting our new pre-cut English Paper Piecing kits at the show. Here are a just a couple of them, Tessellated Madness and Louie’s Lattice.


Each kit contains enough pre-cut pieces to make a decent size cushion (approx. 18″ square, depending on the pattern) and the pieces are sturdy so should be good for multiple uses if a larger project is desirable. Below is an example of the pieces for Louie’s Lattice.


There are four blocks worth of pieces in this kit, so a cushion like this one is easily achievable in a very short space of time.

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We’ll be uploading kits to our online store after the show so keep your eyes peeled for news here if you’re not able to get to the show. Catch you soon x

Louie’s Lattice

I’m working on a new EPP design called Louie’s Lattice. I often use names of family members for my designs so I thought it would be nice to share a photo of the lady behind the name of this new design.

Louie's lattice

Aunt Louie was a bold and intrepid woman who travelled across the Atlantic to Canada a number of times in the 1920s, returning to the UK as a seamstress. There are lots of strong women in our family and the roots of this strength go back a long way! I like to think that she’d be proud of the way the most recent generations of our family’s women are living.

I’m considering having acrylic templates and precut paper pieces made for this design. I love the immediacy of printing off my own paper templates but must admit that the cutting out stage is tiresome. I’d be very grateful for your feedback on this topic.

Catch you soon x

With love

Happy Valentine’s day to you all. I’ve been working on a new EPP design over the past few weeks along with the help of a few lovely testers over on Instagram. As I’ve called it Hidden Hearts I thought today was an appropriate day to release the “pattern”.


This design is a single block that when tessellated in alternate rotation produces the hidden hearts. At least four blocks are necessary to get the best effect from the hearts. The blocks are approximately 7″ each and they go together really quickly. They offer the perfect opportunity for some fussy-cutting if that’s your thing. You can find some lovely examples from my testers on #hiddenheartsepp over on Instagram.

single You can find the instant download PDF template set with piecing guide in our Payhip store and our Etsy store. We’d love to see your version if you try it out. Feel free to send a photo to or use the hashtags #hiddenheartsepp and #nelliesniceties on social media so we can find your work easily. Catch you soon x

Black and white mini

I gave myself a break from pattern writing yesterday evening  and turned my attentions to the Nellstar block that I made a couple of weeks ago.

nellstar for blog

I got busy with my favourite crazy straight line quilting and finished up with the skinniest binding I have ever done. This little mini is approximately 8″ square.

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I’ll be shipping this one off to a new home shortly. I think it’s inspired me to finish up the original Elizabeth version as a mini quilt rather than a cushion. If you fancy making a Nellstar project of your own you can find the instant download PDF template set here. Catch you soon x

Ninja Star

I’m still plugging away at deadline sewing that I can’t share yet but yesterday my sewing machine munched one too many pieces of fabric for my liking. To prevent myself from launching the machine out of the window I grabbed a pile of pretty fabric and drew up a new EPP block to try out.


I posted a progress picture on Instagram, where Lucy suggested that it looked like a Ninja Star so I’ve taken that name for this block.


It’s an octagonal twist on the ever popular Hexiestar block. Now I’m left with a dilemma, I want to make a cushion and can’t decide whether to make more scrappy versions of this block or to stick with the prints I’ve used already and change the placement in subsequent blocks. What would you do? I’ll look forward to your suggestions. Catch you soon x

Edited to add: If you sign up for our occasional newsletter you will received a free PDF download of the printable Ninja Star EPP templates.

Black and white

Thank goodness for hand-sewing! My machine sewing time is still limited due to my cronky back but I have been able to do a little hand-sewing to keep me sane. A little while ago I signed up to the Black and white quilt swap over on Instagram (I’m playing mama too this round) so I thought I’d limber up my black and white game with a mini-mini.

IMG_0958 I raided my treasured Mama Said Sew stash and added in some new Cotton and Steel to make this little Nellstar block. It’s all ready for quilting when I get 5 minutes of spare time after deadline sewing.

We’re off to buy some colour for our garden borders now. Catch you soon x

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