epp quilting

Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the crosses – part 1

Yes! Another English Paper Piecing project! This is the year of the EPP!

It could be that the uncertainty that is COVID-19 has made me want to do more meditative work such as hand sewing. Or it could be that if I don’t have something handy while I watch TV I fall asleep so it’s almost a necessity to have a hand sewing project going.

Patchwork of the Crosses was designed by English novelist Lucy M. Boston.

Today I’m posting a tutorial on how to make the blocks. Next time I’ll post a tutorial on joining the blocks together.

Download the Patchwork of the crosses template

What paper to use?

I print my EPP shapes on cardstock.

Recommended fabric collections

I made this project as Michael Miller’s Ambassador.

It turns out I love gingham, basics and directional prints in general and Michael Miller has a great range of those. 

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses quilt


  1. I’ve been doing Lucy Boston blocks in 18th and 19th century fabrics. Love doing them and now have over a hundred blocks. Haven’t done any outside blocks or squares. It will be fun following your progress and seeing what fabric designs you come up with. Definitely great project for TV time! Especially since so many of us older sewists, quilters, crafters are spending more time at home. And Teresa, thanks so much for sharing the bird videos….sooo enjoyable!


  2. Good to hear. My version isn’t fancy and I haven’t attempted to fussy cut or even piece placement. It has more of a modern look to it. Anyway, it’s a fun project. Feel free to share pictures of your progress on my Facebook group.


  3. I have a friend who is Displaying her Lucy Boston 100-block quilt made all with Liberty of London fabrics at our guild bi-annual show in Fairbanks, Alaska this month. It’s gorgeous. It’s of course all hand pieced, and hand quilted.


  4. Thank you for your tutorial. I am new to paper piecing and am gathering fabrics to make my first project. Your tutorial is wonderful for us beginners. I have a question. I’m guessing when you stitch the pieces together, you’re stitching the very edge of the pieces together trying not to catch the paper. At what time do you take the paper out?


  5. Hi Sharon. You’re right, you stitch the very edge of the fabric. The paper can be removed once you’ve stitched the top or you can start removing the paper as you go. For instance in the pice in the video you could already remove the 4 central pieces.


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