Foundation paper piecing (FPP) and English paper piecing (EPP) are two well know techniques in the quilting world.

They both use paper, their names sound alike, so what is the difference between these two techniques?

The video below explains the two techniques:

I have never tried EPP myself, but luckily Ange and Lou allowed me to show you their work to illustrate what you can make with the English version of paper piecing.

You can find their Instagram accounts over here:

Isn’t that pretty? I loove those colors and the tiny polka dots used by Alittlepatchwork. And these racoons by ImstudioLou! Fussy cutting heaven.

So those are two examples of blocks you can make with EPP.

Foundation paper piecing is something I do almost every week. I love that technique! FPP allows me to draw something and turn it into a pattern to quilt.

I even wrote a book about it, collecting all the patterns I designed: the Sugaridoo Sampler.

If you would like to learn all the basics of Foundadtion paper piecing, go take a look over here: FPP tutorial.

Hope this explains the different about these two techniques!


Thank you so much for participating in the Once Upon a Pixel blog tour! A little later than planned, here is the final stop of the tour. (And your last chance to win a digital version of the Once Upon a Pixel book!)

We visited Paisley Roots who made an adorable frog mini quilt.

After that we had Made by Melli who decorated her Christmas tree with a super cute princess ornament.

Over at the Pattern Revolution Crystal made an awesome owl quilt and several cute cross stitch fairy tales.

And Sara at Made by Sara made a very sweet rose mini quilt.

So great to see all the projects made from our book! And today is your final change to win yourself an Once Upon a Pixel ebook!

Just pop in a comment below to have a chance to win! You can share this give away on social media and let me know in extra comment where you shared it to increase your chance to win.

I’ll pick a winner on Sunday 18h Dutch time ;)
(The winner will be notified by email.)

Good luck!


September this year I launched the Once Upon a Pixel book togehter with Studio Koekoek. A book filled with maxigal pixel patterns to cross stitch and quilt.

Mean while we ordered the second print and translated the book to English So exciting! Because this all is more than enough reason for a little party we will host a blog tour from next week.

Blog tour

A what? A blog tour, a trip where we will visit different blogs :) In the coming week you can visit a different blog each Wednesday which will post about our new book.

Give away

That is not all. We will give away 6 e-books. Each week you get a change to win your own copy! For more information on how to win in a specific week, you just hop over to the blog of that week.

Blog tour program
22 nov – Paisley Roots
29 nov – Made By Melli
6 dec – Pattern Revolution
13 dec – Made By Sara
20 dec – I Have Purple Hair
27 dec – Sugaridoo

So from next Wednesday, keep an eye open for the blogs listed above for sneak peeks, reviews and projects form the Once Upon a Pixel book. Enjoy the blog tour!


Last week someone asked for the pattern of a cactus quilt block I shared a while ago on Instagram. I realized that I still haven’t shared the pillow which I made with those blocks here on he blog. So today time for a short show and tell :)


No green fingers

For a long long time now I’ve been a big fan of cacti. I’m not sure why, but I just like them a lot! Maybe it’s because I’m not so good with plants. (And then I put softly, really most plants don’t last longer than a few months under my supervision..)

A cactus doesn’t need much care or water and still can grow into a huge plant. And if you’re lucky it will even show some pretty little flowers.

So when I designed all the blocks for the Sugaridoo Sampler it just needed to include a cactus. It turned in to this cactus with a happy colored pot.

From the block in the book I enlarged the 10 x 15 cm block to a 20 x 30 cm block and and made three of them. Sewing them together with a few white borders resulted in the a 45 x 60 cm mini quilt which is a standard Ikea pillow size.

>> The pattern for the cactus pattern can be found here <<

The back of the pillow is made with two pieces of green fabrics which slightly overlap. And so it turned into an easy pillow case without a zipper. I like.

The pillow has been approved by our hairy pillow tester Jimi the Maine Coon (Jimithecoon on Instagram).

Thanks for stopping by!


Beginning of this year I published my first book. A super tick quilt book full of all paper piecing patterns that I ever designed. Now, half a year later I’m working on my second book. Together with Gerda from Studio Koekoek I’m writing a book about pixels.

Pixel patterns can be used in cross stitching (please do take a peek at the Studio Koekoek website) but of course also in quilting and crochet. In the book ‘Once upon a Pixel’ you’ll find a collection of pixel patterns in the once upon a time theme. Including many fun projects for a children’s room or nursery. It’ll be full of fairy tale figures, knights, princesses and castles.

The last months I’ve worked on making the quilts for the book. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks of the projects. Also in my latest vlogs (YouTube – Sugaridoo) you can see some power quilting being done ;)


All test stitchers thank you thank you for all your hard work!


I can’t wait till it’s time to shoot the final product photo’s. Meanwhile we keep writing, stitching and quilting.


Would you like to be the first to place a pre order for the book? Then keep an eye out on the Sugaridoo Instagram and Facebook. With a week or 2 we will be ready to take the first pre-orders

The book will be released end of September 2017 on a craftfair in the Netherlands (Handwerkdagen in Rijswijk). On this same craft fait there will be an exposition of all the projects made for the book.

After the book release there will also be a digital version available as an e-book (in Dutch and in English) via our webshops.


Have you ever been to Gent? A wonderful city in Belgium. I would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a weekend of shopping, Belgium chocolate, waffles and so many tasty Belgian beers. (I need to go back to Gent when I don’t have a baby in my belly anymore..)

On the internet I found this fabric shop that I wanted to visit. It’s called De Stoffenkamer, which means the fabric room. A 15 minute walk from the city center will bring you this great fabric store. I found the coolest fabrics to make some outfits for our mini man which I will show you in my weekvlog on monday.

The shop is located in a beautiful building. They will soon move to a different place close by though. In the bright and nicely organized rooms you will find a lovely collection of knits and quilting cottons.

And buttons.. So many buttons! Ahh all those colors. I would love to have a collection like this in the studio. You’ll also find a lot of zippers and robbons in De Stoffenkamer.

So if you’re in the neighborhood, pay this shop a little visit. They have a chair to position your hubby so your can your time to pet all the fabrics ;)



Would you like to give foundation paper piecing a try? But you have no idea where to start? Then I have something for you! This blog post contains a free paper piecing pattern and a video tutorial where I will make this block with you. This is you chance to join the paper piecing fun. Whoop whoop!


Sugaridoo Sampler

This strawberry pattern is one of 38 paper piecing blocks from the Sugaridoo Sampler. I’m sharing it with you, so we can both work on the same pattern. That will make it easier for you to follow along with the tutorial.


Get the free pattern

Go download your own copy of the pattern:


Yayy! Great, so you have a pattern. Go ahead and print it. Make sure your printer is set to 100% or true scale. This pattern will make you a 10 x 12.5 cm block.


What do you need for paper piecing

  • Cutting mat
  • Add-a-quarter ruler (or any other ruler is fine too)
  • Paper piecing paper
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Fabrics (Small scraps work perfect for paper piecing)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors


Let’s get started

So, are you ready? Go ahead and click on the YouTube video below to start your paper piecing adventure!

Did you like making this pattern? It’s one from my first paper piecing book, called the Sugaridoo Sampler. You can read all about it over here! It’s available as a eBook in English and a hard copy book in Dutch.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them! Just leave a message in the comment below, or in the comments below the YouTube video.

Happy quilting!

Yay it’s Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I’m going to the zoo tomorrow :) I love the zoo! Maybe I even get some new ideas for more Sugaridoodles or animal blocks for the Sugaridoo Sampler.

Since I missed the work in progress Wednesday that I planned for this week I wanted do quickly share the quilt blocks I’ve  been working on this week. I have finished 16 of the 57 blocks. I’m getting somewhere. I hope to finish all the blocks this month, but that might be a bit too ambitious.


These are the Funcky Fishes blocks. How cool would these be in a whole quilt with fishes? Oh why don’t I have more time in a day? :)

In blue we have Freddy and Ferdinand.

Fish quilt block // Paper piecing block for fishes Freddy and Ferdinand. Aren't they adorable?

And these ladies in pink are Fiona and Francine. I love making these blocks. They are just so fun!

Paper piecing pattern // Funky Fishes Fiona and Francine. So cute for a mini quilt or a pillow for the nursery.

Besides the fishes I worked on the cat and dog blocks. The bunny also belongs in there, but I haven’t got to that one yet.

Dog quilt block // How cool would this be as a mini quilt. Love these Karen Lewis Blueberry park fabrics.

This green fellow above is the Dapper Doggy and below you see the Smitten Kitten block in blue. Both need some eyes, but I’m not sure yet how I want to embroider them.

They are both made with the Blueberry Park fabric line by Karen Lewis combined with Kona Cotton solids. Love love love those fabrics! It’s going to be a sad moment when I finish all of them.

Smitten Kitten // A cute Sugaridoo quilt block. Perfect for a mini quilt for a cat lover (or just for your cat, they will love it)

So that’s my quilting progress for the last two weeks. What have you been up to?