Typecast of Characters
Blog Tour — week 1
and giveaway!


A few months ago I had, what I thought was a crazy idea at the time. What would it look like to have 26 quilters each make a letter from my latest English Paper Piecing pattern, Typecast, and feature each maker and project? A moment of panic set in… did I even know 26 people? After brainstorming, planning, and lots of emails, 27 talented quilters (the letter “Q” is so special, there needs to be two quilters!) agreed to participate. The Typecast of Characters Blog Tour was born!

Typecast of Characters Blog Tour hosted by Whole Circle Studio

Over the next seven Fridays, I’ll introduce you to the all-star line up of quilters and the project they made using Typecast. Of course, we’ll work alphabetically and what’s a tour without prizes? Each week there will be a giveaway with quilting prizes you definitely want to add to your collection. Be sure to read through to the bottom to enter for a chance to win this week’s prize, sponsored by Aurifil.

Make your own letters & words!

Typecast, Alpahabet and Letters English Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern
Get your own Typecast Complete Paper Pack & Pattern Guide or the Typecast Guide + individual paper pieces and make your own letters and words!

Let’s get this Tour started!

Alphabet Letter Chicago inspired mini quilt
Kate Brennan Aurifil English Paper Piecing
Chicago Mini Quilt

A is for Aurifil

Kate Brennan, Sales & Customer service extraordinaire of Aurifil, kicked off the blog tour. I love how personalized the Typecast “A” with the Chicago skyline, where she resides and home to Aurifil USA! Be sure to head over to the Aurifil blog for a mini tour of Chicago and her thread tips for English Paper Piecing. Awesome job Kate!



Alphabet Letter B Mini Rainbow Quilted Pillow

Mathew Mister Domestic Quilt Block
Quilt Block Alpahabet

B is for Boudreaux

Mister Domestic did it again! I adore his beautiful rainbow Initial Pillow (Mister Domestic actually has a real name… Mathew Boudreaux, hence the “B”). Head over to his page to get all the details on how he combined the Typecast English Paper Pieced “B” with a machine pieced border. You’ll also drool at the close-up image of his quilting. Beautiful work Mathew!


Tara Curtis Zippered Pouch Quilt Block


C is for Curtis

Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle knocked it out of the park! I love how she combined Typecast with “Oh Zippered Case” (a free tutorial by Oh How Sweet Co). It’s a perfect project to organize all of your EPP tools and supplies! Hop over to her blog to learn about Tara’s favorite EPP and supplies. She also gives her special tips for sewing on the binding. Cool project Tara!


D is for Day (and Decor)

Check out the largest hoop quilt Leah Day has made to date, all hand pieced using EPP techniques, with a Typecast letter “D”. Head over to her blog to learn about her experience using silk with EPP. I believe she’s the first on the blog tour to use non-quilting cotton! Dynamite Leah!

TYPECAST OF CHARACTERS BLOG TOUR hosted by Whole Circle Studio:

• Wednesday, March 27: Tour Introduction by Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, April 1 — A: Kate Brennan of Aurifil
• Tuesday, April 2 — B: Mathew Bourdreaux of Mister Domestic
• Wednesday, April 3 — C: Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle
• Thursday, April 4— D: Leah Day of Free Motion Quilting Project
• Friday, April 5 — Week 1 Wrap Up featuring A-D and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, April 8 — E: Erin Bay of Paper Pieces
• Tuesday, April 9 — F: Sylvia Schaefer of Flying Parrot Quilts
• Wednesday, April 10 — G: Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Giuce
• Thursday, April 11— H: Hilary Jordan of By Hilary Jordan
• Friday, April 12 — Week 2 Wrap Up featuring E-H and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, April 15 — I: Kim Soper of Leland Ave Studios
• Tuesday, April 16 — J: Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl
• Wednesday, April 17 — K: Karen O’Connor of Lady K Quilts
• Thursday, April 18 — L: Kristy Daum of St. Louis Folk Victorian
• Friday, April 19 — Week 3 Wrap Up featuring I-L and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, April 22 — M: Molli Sparkles of Molli Sparkles
• Tuesday, April 23 — N: Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
• Wednesday, April 24 — O: Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios
• Thursday, April 25 — P: Pat Sloan of Pat Sloan
• Friday, April 26 — Week 4 Wrap Up featuring M-P and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, April 29 — Q: Joanna Marsh of Kustom Kwilts
• Monday, April 29 — Q: Lindsay Széchényi of Lindsay Széchényi (and Patchwork Threads)
• Tuesday, April 30 — R: Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop
• Wednesday, May 1 — S: Sarah Thomas of Sariditty
• Thursday, May 2 — T: Rachel Rossi of Rachel Rossi
• Friday, May 3— Week 5 Wrap Up featuring Q-T and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, May 6 — U: Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter
• Tuesday, May 7 — V: Jenn McMillan of Fabric, Ink
• Wednesday, May 8 — W: Jenny Meeker of Bobbin Roulette Studio
• Thursday, May 9 — X: Stephanie Kendron of Modern Sewciety
• Friday, May 10 — Week 6 Wrap Up featuring U-X and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio
• Monday, May 13 — Y: Debby Brown of Debby Brown Quilts
• Tuesday, May 14 — Z: Nisha Bouri and Kim Martucci of Brimfield Awakening
• Wednesday, May 15 — Week 7 Wrap Up featuring Y-Z, Tour closeout and GIVEAWAY at Whole Circle Studio

Pick up your Typecast Guide and Paper Pack and make something great with us!
Typecast, an English Paper Piecing (EPP) Pattern Make all 26 letters of the alphabet. Each block measures approximately 6” x 9”. This fully tested pattern guide contains detailed instructions, tips and diagrams to walk quilters through the variety of EPP straight line and curved piecing skills they will use while making Typecast blocks. Required English Paper Pieces and optional acrylic templates not included. Pattern by Whole Circle Studio

… and now, for the GIVEAWAY!

Aurifil Thread Collection 50 Weight Necessities
Enter for your chance to win a Necessities Thread Collection by Aurifil—perfect for English Paper Piecing! (sponsored by and mailed directly from Aurifil).

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to enter. Make sure your contact info is in your profile or that you leave your name and either email address/Instagram handle in the comment. (I need a way to get in touch with you if you win!)

2. In your comment, answer: Do you EPP (English Paper Piece)? If not, are you inspired to do so after seeing these awesome projects?

You have until 8pm EST on Monday, April 8, 2019 to enter.
One lucky winner for each prize will be selected by True Random Number Generator.

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: Kathie L. Thank you to all who left a comment!

Good luck and go make something great,

epp_alphabet-letters_quilt_a-d   A Alphabet Mini Quilt made by Kate Brennan of Aurifil USA. Chicago skyline made with modern fabric and Typecast English Paper Piecing pattern designed by Whole Circle Studio. B Alphabet Modern Quilted Pillow made by Mathew, Mister Domestic. Fabric: Matchmade by Art Gallery Fabrics and Typecast EPP pattern designed by Whole Circle Studio Modern Zippered Travel Case customized by Tara Curtis using Karen Lewis Textiles and Kona Cotton and Typecast EPP pattern designed by Whole Circle Studio. Letter Hoop Quilt by Leah Day. Made with Typecast, an English Paper Piecing pattern designed by Whole Circle Studio.

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  1. Love the projects shown so far!

    I have done some EPP, mostly hexagons, but want to do more. I just need to get myself in gear and do it!

  2. I ❤️ your Typecast letter set. And the quilters’ projects are so inspiring, I am anxious to see the whole alphabet come to life!
    I have done a bit of English paper piecing, mostly hexies. And after seeing the letters, I do want to try more of it.

  3. These look great! I do paper piece but your alphabet can be used for so many things. Really make a project sew fun.
    Looking forward to trying them out.

  4. It was great fun seeing you again at our guild last night! My ‘to-do’ list has grown….. thank you!
    I do EPP, having finished a hexi full size quilt, with another one in the works. Very therapeutic!

  5. I have not done English Paper Piecing. I love to try new things and see a pillow (B is my favorite so far) in my future.

    First I must conquer Foundation Piecing with Patchwork Petals.

  6. I have done English paper piecing, but am always interested in learning another technique. Auriful threads are my favorite threads to use.

  7. I have done EPP but not for awhile. I need a new handpiecing project and doing the letters for projects for my twin granddaughters would be great.

  8. I love EPP, have made a few quilts, table runners, etc. And great for take a long project. I would love to win the Auriful threads. I have not come across any in my travels, and would like to try it.

  9. I do EEP and plan even more in the future! As a matter of fact, this whole post makes me want to get going on a new project!

  10. i consider myself a beginner in epp even though i’ve been trying it for over 20 years. i do well with very basic shapes but struggle with more intricate designs. i do want to try letters.

  11. I LOVE English paper piecing! It is my go to for relaxation. I have finished an almost king size quilt entirely of hexagons. Nose to hand quilt it. I’d rather make more hexagons!

  12. I have not tried paper piecing but willing to take it on. All of the letters are well done but number 8 is clever, cute, useful….Like it the best so far.

  13. I’ve been doing EPP for years. I love having something portable to take with me and I usually work on projects while watching TV in the evening. Slow but steady!

  14. I have always been intimidated by EPP. However, every time I am at baseball/softball practice or dance class, I would love something for my hands to do!

  15. Love the zipper pouch! What a great gift! Haven’t done any EPP to date but maybe I’ll give it a whirl!

  16. I learned the basics of EPP about six years ago and have completed several projects. I’m ready for some new ideas and love what you are introducing us to in this blog.

  17. These projects are awesome!!! I’ve never tried to EPP and the letter pillow would be my first project!!

  18. EPP is a favorite for me. I have like 8 EPP projects going right now and look forward to getting Typecast soon. ktshively (at) hotmail (dot) com

  19. I don’t do much EPP or hand sewing, it tends to hurt my wrists. Every once in awhile there is a hand-sewing project I just have to make!

  20. I’ve only just begun my EPP journey and am enjoying it. The typecast letters looks like a fun project!

  21. Hello, yes, I’ve done EPP for a few years>love it! Thanks for sharing on your neat Blog and with a pretty giveaway too!

  22. Love the letters but I have not tried EPP. I’m new to quilting and I am still trying to perfect my 1/4 seams.

  23. I keep thinking about trying EPP but have not so far. These letters look like the perfect inspiration

  24. The extent of my EPP has been only hexies but I have enjoyed that much. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  25. I have never done any EPP, but I just love the letters!! So many things to do with them!! Thank you for the opportunity to win such great thread!

  26. I’ve done quite a few EPP projects using hexagons. It would be fun to try these other shapes. Thanks.

  27. Aurofil is one of my go-to threads for piecing, applique and quilting. I haven’t tried EPP, and rather doubt that I will. However, I used to say that appliquewas a four letter word, and now I am a happy and confident appliquer.

  28. I have done EPP, but have no EPP projects at the moment. I love the oh zippered case, I may have to look that one up and give it a try.

  29. Aurifil is the only thread recommended by my Bernina class. I have been trying to get a few spools ahead. I have been seeing so much it is hard to build up a little stash of thread. I would be thrilled to win some.

    1. Aurifil is the only thread recommended by my Bernina class. I have been trying to get a few spools ahead. I have been seeing so much it is hard to build up a little stash of thread. I would be thrilled to win some. I have not tried EPP but would love to try. This looks so fun for baby quilts.

  30. I am currently working on Lucy Boston’s POTC in non-traditional colors. I got started on EPP while looking for a portable project to take on a cruise.

  31. Yes, many projects, my 1″ hexie queen sized quilt is about 80 percent done- almost 4 years in progress!

  32. I exclusively EPP and love converting standard quilt patterns into mini EPP versions. I’m currently working on a monthly row by row EPP quilt from the UK among other projects.

  33. I love the letters and hope to try some soon. I do EPP and love it. I did a hexagon quilt–called it my flower garden explosion because of all the bright colors. I like to have handwork to do when traveling and EPP is perfect–can be packed in a little bundle and I don’t need a lot of supplies.

  34. Yes, I have a long-term EPP project I’m working on, and I just started gathering what I need to make the Tula Nova EPP quilt. But seeing your fabulous EPP alphabet has me excited, as anything texty always does.

  35. I have been making hexies for a while, but have yet to complete a project. I find the hand sewing very relaxing and love the color mixing possibilities.

  36. I recently started paper piecing, and I love the fun and beautiful effects that are possible. The letters are great!

  37. I have only made one simple project using the EPP method and the results were fantastic! I definitely will do more!

  38. I have been doing English paper piecing for a few years and love it. I find it so relaxing and portable! Thanks for inspiring us.

  39. I have done EPP but have lots of practice needed to become at ease. I enjoy too many techniques. Really enjoyed your class and lecture at Herring Run Quilters’ Guild this past weekend!

  40. Nice to meet you this week! I have not dared try EPP yet because I am afraid it will become one more addiction! I need to finish a couple UFOs first, one of which is a paper-pieced project that I am working 50% by hand, so that is my current travel project.

  41. I loathe paper piecing, even though I am inspired by the precision is allows. I just hate to cut a piece, and then TRIM it. Such a waste!

  42. Great presentation at Herring Run Quilt Guild yesterday. EPP will be a challenge for me to try, love the alphabet. Your range of work was great, super show and tell…shutters scrappy is on my list.

  43. I really enjoyed your presentation at Herring Run and plan on making your Bee pattern soon. Your quilting and designs are amazing. I have tried a few EPP projects but I am addicted to applique at the moment.

  44. I so enjoyed your presentation at Herring Run yesterday. Loved your patterns and colors. I like paper piecing, and EPP. Thank .you

  45. Loved your Big Island Sunset Class! Thanks again. I would love to win the thread! I need to up my EPP game.

  46. I have not done English Paper Piecing, but after seeing these beautiful letters, I just may give it a try.

  47. I have not tried EPP yet…. I love trying new quilt projects. Great blog! Thank you for the giveaway too.

  48. I have done some EPP, but just might be inspired by these letters to start doing even more. Exciting!! Love Aufil thread, matter of fact, I am machine quilting a twin size quilt with it right now.
    Enjoyed your presentation at Quilters By The Sea (RI) and look forward to more of your blog.

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