Cicada English Paper pieced Walkthrough

Cicada English Paper pieced Walkthrough

Ahh the sounds of summer in the midwest! That deafening buzzing sound, it can only be one thing. 


I am so excited for BroodX even though this time I am no where near any cicadas! I grew up listening to the sounds of cicadas every summer, I am excited to share this pattern with y'all! 

You can find the pattern here! On sale for a limited time! 



First of all let's print and cut out our pattern and grab our fabrics. There are a few long pieces so larger cuts of fabric will be needed for those, but the rest of the pieces are smaller and great for those smaller scraps you otherwise would have thrown out! I used one print from Ruby Star Society and the others are solids from Kona Cotton. 

The other tools I used is a matching thread from Aurifil, a size 10 milliners needle, glue stick for basting and some serious snips.


The next step is to decide where to start. I started with the body. The wings look fiddly but I promise they're not so bad! If you are dreading those maybe start with the body and take it slow. The larger pieces certainly are easier to work with. 

This part came together quickly. I had no problems with those creepy eyes even though I thought it would be annoying to line up! 


Basting those thin pieces was a bit tricky. I didn't bother clipping my curves because they are so small. It worked out for me, your milage may vary. Just like in my other patterns, I broke the wing down into manageable set and sewed it together that way. As you can see in the photo above I basically have two rows sewn together and the outer wing piece. 

 Repeat for the other side. Don't forget to add those tiny feet. I found it was easiest to sew the two feet pieces together and then attach them to the cicada. For both the wings and the legs I kinda moved the pieces up and down a bit til they slipped into place.


Be sure to post your progress on Instagram! Use #CicadaEPP to find other makes! 

July 02, 2021 — Laura Ryan
Luna Moth EPP walkthrough

Luna Moth EPP walkthrough


Luna Moth English paper piecing pattern is now available and can be found here! 


Today I'm going to walk us through the process of hand sewing the Luna Moth and hopefully offer some helpful hints along the way. Luna's wingspan comes in at about 14" and comes in at just under 60 pieces.   

Fabric pull on Cardstock

First up is our fabric pull & tools. I wanted to keep it simple and to showcase all of the details that are in the pattern. I used a mix of Kona Cotton and Ruby Star Society Speckled fabric. Most of the pieces are on the smaller side so large fabric scraps will work. Even those weird shaped fabric scraps come in handy! Keep those scraps for English paper piecing!

For the sewing tools I used Aurifil 50 wt thread. This thread has low fraying and I tend to abuse my thread at times and it holds up to that abuse! I use a glue stick for glue basting, I like this method. It is quick for me and I like the look. I also have super serious snips and a Milliners needle. I tend to buy a variety pack of needles so the sizes vary from 9- 11. 

Lets print and carefully separate the pattern into more manageable pieces. Here I halved the pattern, so I am only working with one side at a time and I can use the other side as a sort of mirror. It helps me with knowing where my pieces go. And then I broke it down into even more manageable parts, each part being something I could make in a small time frame. I made it my goal to finish each of those sections a day, and it was only like an hour or so of my time each day. 

I used a flat back stitch to bring all of my pieces together. I like this stitch because it is easy on the hands and is relatively hidden from the front side, especially if you use thread that color matches with the fabric. 

If you feel like your pieces are getting a bit wavy or not sitting flat, a quick press with a hot iron will help ease and relax the thread. Helping the pattern lay flatter. I also sometimes use my Quilters clapper for some added weight in helping it become flat.  

And repeat for the opposite side. 

Join those two halves and you have a beautiful Luna Moth! 

You can use the finished moth on bags or even as a decoration piece! I currently have mine hanging on the wall for extra inspiration! 

Luna Moth English paper Pieced Pattern

Below are two of the tester versions! Both Mickie from @WanderstitchCompany and Hollie from @Thethornandthimble did an amazing job! This was both's first time doing curves in EPP! 

You can grab Luna here

Tag me on instagram with your makes! @Porcupinesews_threads 

and use #LunaMothEPP to find other makes! 

June 16, 2021 — Laura Ryan
Bunny Hops Walkthrough

Bunny Hops Walkthrough

Grab your Bunny Hops pattern here! On sale for a limited time! 

Let's start this off by selecting our fabrics. This project has many smaller pieces that are great for scraps, so start by checking the scrap bin first. I went with a modern selection of Ruby Star Society and one focal print from Rae Ritchie. While picking out fabrics assign that fabric to a corresponding letter on the bunny.  

For all of my materials, I have my Aurifil 50wt thread. I like this thread because the shed/ fray is low and I can be a bit tougher with it without it breaking. I have my trusty disappearing purple glue stick for basting. My super serious snips and size 10 milliners needle.  

Bunny Hops pattern with fabric.

For the bunny I like to start up at the ears because they are quick and look super cute once done. Carefully separate the ears from the body and then separate the ear pieces. These are the fabrics I've assigned to the ears. 

In the picture below I have my bunny pieces placed on the wrong side, but you can see two picture below the correct placement. 

Baste those ear pieces. I use glue and often am heavy handed with the glue use but you want to aim for just the outside edge of your fabric.  


Once all of the ear pieces are basted I like to find the easiest path to sew these pieces together before beginning. This means the path I can take while sewing without having to carry my thread over or the easiest way the pieces fit together.

For these ears I started at the top B piece, using the flat back stitch I attached it to the B piece below it. I then attached that piece to the C piece. Joining the C unit to D and then that unit to the A piece. Give that a good press and repeat for the other ear. 

With the ears now done, I like to work one side at a time, using the other side as guide if I need to clarify which way the piece goes. For the bunny I sewed it up in smaller sections and then joined those two groups together. Giving everything a good press before moving on. 

Repeat for the other side. Carefully join the two sides together. If the nose pieces (K &F) are not laying flat give it a good press. And finally attach the ear pieces. Once finished give everything a good press! 

And there you have it. Easier and quicker than it looks! 

If you're looking for a sharp Instagram picture keep those papers in! But once you're ready to move on carefully take out those paper pieces. If you were heavy handed on the glue use a warm iron to loosen the glue, making paper removal easier. 

Tag your makes on Instagram with #BunnyHopsPatch 




March 02, 2021 — Laura Ryan
Tags: Tutorial
Moon Phases EPP Quilt Pattern

Moon Phases EPP Quilt Pattern

Moon Phases EPP Quilt is now available! 


To celebrate ALL PDF"S are 15% off! Hop on over to the shop to grab your patterns before the sale ends! 

About the pattern:: Moon Phases is a modern english paper pieced pattern that also includes traditional piecing. The pattern includes includes instructions for a baby quilt or for a table runner! 

I've made my version into the quilt and added some hand quilting to bring it all together. 

Let's jump into the pattern!

To start the fabric prep I used two coordinating Carolyn Friedlander fabrics for the moon and a speckled Ruby Star Society for the background. 

It didn't take long for all of the moon pieces to come together. I used glue for basting and for thread I used Aurifil 50wt in cream. At this point I was pretty excited that the pattern was coming together so quickly! 

After Epping all of my moon pieces I checked out several reference photos for my placement. After finding the correct version (ha!) I set to getting my moon pieces all in place. I used my ruler to get the moons even across but you could get it even more precise by folding your fabric in half and in thirds to find equal spacing from each other.   

To attach my moons to background fabric I used a small zig zag stitch and Aurifil clear nylon thread. The thread is so clear that I have a hard time even telling its there! If you don't have clear thread on hand you can either do a needle turn appliqué or even use a thread that matches the fabric. 

The quilt was just begging for some hand quilting with all of that open space! I used Aurifil Floss in color 4140, for that extra texture. 

I did end up adding some stitches with my machine just to add some extra security. For that I used Aurifil 12 wt. The thread has an extra thickness and it really worked with this quilt! Throughout the whole quilt, I ended up using 4 different weights of thread for this quilt! 

 I can't wait to see your moons in the future! 

Don't forget to tag your makes on Instagram with #MoonPhasesEPP 

Grab your copy while its on sale! 





January 28, 2021 — Laura Ryan
Aurifil November Challenge, just a bit late

Aurifil November Challenge, just a bit late

A while back I signed up for Aurifil's November challenge, hand quilting. 

I quickly decided on doing some hand quilting on a recent finish, the Wallowa quilt from Alderwood studio. It has nice lines that are just calling for that hand quilting look. 

I used Aurifil Floss for the hand quilting. It really pops and adds a ton of texture! Aurifil 12wt is also really popular for hand quilting. I happen to have a good supply of floss on hand and thats why I went with it. I'm really glad I did!

All of the quilting was off to a good start but then the quilt was claimed by a certain Ginger cat and the hand quilting quickly slowed down. Every time I took the quilt out to be worked on (I like to really lay it all out and work on the floor) in a matter of seconds the cat would show up! There was no safe spot. 

And since it is 2020, I gave in to the cat and decided it would get done when it got done. 

 The cat will be very happy with this finish.  

December 27, 2020 — Laura Ryan
Retro Ornaments EPP walkthrough

Retro Ornaments EPP walkthrough

Helpful walkthrough for Retro Ornaments English Paper Pieces Pattern.
December 04, 2020 — Laura Ryan
Tags: Tutorial
Whole cloth Aurifil challenge

Whole cloth Aurifil challenge

Aurifil Whole Cloth Challenge. Three wall hangings with "drawings" of plants.
September 27, 2020 — Laura Ryan
Fun Binding with Aurifil Thread!

Fun Binding with Aurifil Thread!

Fun binding with Aurifil Thread
September 08, 2020 — Laura Ryan
Aurifil Embroidery Challenge

Aurifil Embroidery Challenge

Aurifil Embroidery Challenge
August 25, 2020 — Laura Ryan
Aurifil Artisan 2020

Aurifil Artisan 2020

Aurifil Artisan 2020
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