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spring 2017

i love lucy boston

They've been going strong for at least 3 years now and shows no signs of stopping. English paper-piecing and fussy cutting are officially at Alewives Fabrics to stay. The latest ruler may come and go, fabric lines launch and then disappear at an alarming rate, trends ebb and flow like the tide in the river just outside our door. But English paper-piecing and fussy cutting remain.

What is it exactly about EPP that captivates us so? I've always thought it was because English paper-piecing is easy enough for anyone to do, and the beauty of your block is not in mastering a difficult technique, but instead it's all in the fabric choices. And at Alewives Fabrics, we are all about the fabrics!

About a year ago we began a new club called "Lucy Boston Sundays." The idea is that every Sunday afternoon, we debut a new Lucy Boston kit containing just four fat quarters and 100 honeycomb papers, plus a photo of the block you can make with those materials. To say it's been "well-received" would be a misnomer. We call it a cult because that's much more accurate. There's something about those blocks that look like blooming flowers and sparkling jewels that keep us coming back for more. We love Lucy Boston and so do our customers!

If you're not familiar with Lucy Boston, see the photos on this page for a little sample and then visit our English paper-piecing page for more eye candy... but consider yourself warned that these little blocks are ridiculously addictive!


Rhea and all of the ladies at Alewives