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I’ve recently designed a new 3-D quilt using EPP ( or English Paper Piecing), called  Modern Attic Windows.



English paper piecing is a classic technique that continues to thrill modern day quilters. It is a beloved quilting technique that can be used in so many different kinds of projects.

English paper piecing (commonly called EPP) is the technique of wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape. 

The fabric is basted around pre-cut paper shapes and then sewn together by hand, usually with a whipstitch or a ladder stitch. After the pieces are all sewn together, the foundation papers and basting stitches are removed. This is a fun and simple way to create complex blocks



I really enjoy this slow stitching process, it’s my go-to hand work when I travel. Thought you’d enjoy seeing the step by step process. Let’s get started picking fabric. Need a light, a dark and some colorful fabrics .


Cutting out the pieces, paper pieces are the ready, loving the look of this quilt already!


Pieces are basted, getting ready to stitch!


Stitching away, this is so much fun!


Blocks are coming together, can’t believe how fast they are to make.


Putting the blocks into rows. . .


Here it is, all finished!!!  My new EPP pattern – Modern Attic Windows! I adored creating this pattern and making this quilt, it was so much fun!

Pattern, papers and optional cutting templates available at Paper Pieces: .

Can’t wait to see what you do with yours. To share your creations, be sure to use the #modernatticwindows

 This week, I had the honor of being featured on’s newsletter.Cube2 pattern by Karen Combs They featured my quilt Cube2!










Dear Quilting Friends,

A master at creating two-dimensional quilts that trick the eye into seeing three dimensions, Karen Combs used 60-degree diamonds to give an amazing illusion of depth in her quilt Cube2. How did she do it? Warm colors in the 3-D Churn Dash blocks pull the design forward and cool colors in the outer portion of the quilt draw the sides away from the center. This interplay enhances the illusion of depth in the quilt.  What amazing things quilters do with fabric!

Quilt Market always delivers excitement and beauty, and this fall Market was no exception. Taping our videos from Market gives me a chance to see what ingenious products are being introduced, and meeting with my friends at fabric companies and seeing the quilts our editors collect to run in our magazines makes for a lot of oh-ing and ah-ing.

And, as for the quilts on exhibit, once gain I was dazzled. I’ve shared pictures of some of my favorites on my blog. While there, you can check in on the progress of the Maasai quilt I’m making for my aunt. After a busy travel month in October, it’s great to have some sewing time!

Happy quilting,
Jodie Davis


Recently, I popped into the AQS Quilt Show in Nashville. Great show, lots of beautiful quilts and lots of vendors.

While I was there, I visited with Jennifer Patterson at Quilted in Clay. Jennifer has used several of my quilt designs for her beautiful quilt inspired clay art. She turns quilt blocks into pins, earrings, pendants and other items.

  Her 2007 Christmas design was based on my Christmas Cube quilt pattern.


In the past few months, Jennifer and I discussed my Celtic Pieced Illusions book and technique.

I was able to show her, with two simple blocks, how to make a Celtic design. She was amazed and quickly designed a Celtic design in clay. In fact, she has designed several of them.


They are available on her website and at her booth at an upcoming Show.

Karen Combs is a internationally known quilt teacher, author and fabric designer. Visit her web site at

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