Welcome to England Design

Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts by Cynthia England - Now Shipping!

Cynthia's new book Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts is now shipping!

Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts combines Cynthia's popular detailed Picture Pieced designs with traditional quilt blocks, so that you can get the look of applique while still using only straight-line piecing. Visit our Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts book page to learn more about it and be sure to check out these four pages of new products we've added related to the book: Rosebud Related Supplies, Maple Leaf Related Supplies, Violet Related Supplies, and Traditional Quilts Fabric Kits.

At recent quilt shows, we're finding that Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts is especially popular among beginners to the Picture Piecing Technique. They love the step-by-step instructions and the fact that the picture-pieced designs are combined with regular patchwork, so they can get a gentle introduction to the technique.


Welcome to England Design!

Cynthia England's award-winning quilt, Piece and QuietEngland Design is the web home of Cynthia England, an internationally known quilting instructor and quilt pattern designer. Cynthia is most well-known for her Picture Pieced quilts. Cynthia's most recognized quilt, Piece and Quiet, was chosen as one of the "The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts" in 2000.In addition to this award, Cynthia won Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for Piece and Quiet in 1993 and for Open Season in 2000.


Visit the Meet Cynthia and Cynthia's Resume pages to learn more about the recognition her quilts have received. The Contact Info page leads to more about Cynthia's Lectures and Workshops as well as her upcoming teaching schedule


England Design Demos at Upcoming Quilt Shows

Cynthia attends many regional quilt shows as a vendor and offers continuous demos throughout each show to teach her Picture Piecing technique. Here are the upcoming shows where you'll find Cynthia:


Other Recent Patterns from England Design

Cynthia introduced 2 new patterns at the Fall 2012 International Quilt Market and Festival.

Wine Country, shown below left, is a new addition to Cynthia's Small Landscape Series. This is a 19" x 17" picture pieced quilt. Sailing Away, below right, is the latest quilt in Cynthia's Scenic America Series. It is a 28" x 28" picture pieced quilt. Both quilt patterns are available now for online ordering.

Wine Country picture pieced quilt pattern by England DesignSailing Away pictured pieced quilt pattern by England Design
Differences between Picture Piecing and Paper Piecing

What is Picture Piecing?

Many quilters assume that Picture Piecing is just another name for foundation piecing or paper piecing. But it is actually a unique technique that Cynthia developed in order to achieve detailed quilt imagery.

Picture Piecing is like paper piecing or foundation piecing in only two ways. First, it involves the use of paper. Second, it allows you to construct quilts using only straight seams.

However, there are many differences that allow quilters to achieve detailed imagery more efficiently and with less frustration and fabric waste.



A few differences between Picture Piecing and foundation piecing are:
  • In Picture Piecing there is no fabric waste because you cut out exactly what you need. In foundation piecing, scraps of fabrics are used and the surplus is then cut away.
  • In Picture Piecing, sewing is done next to the paper, rather than through it; therefore, there is no paper to remove from the seams. In foundation piecing with paper, all paper must be removed from the seams when finished.
  • In Picture Piecing, pattern pieces are ironed on the right side of the fabric, rather than the wrong side. This enables you to use the fabric to the best advantage. For example, if there is a directional fabric or a striped fabric in foundation piecing, you have to guess which way to flip it. In Picture Piecing there is no guessing. What you see is what you get.
  • In Picture Piecing, any two pattern pieces that make a pair can be sewn together. This enables chain stitching within a section, making construction faster. Different parts of one section can be worked on simultaneously, whereas foundation piecing requires sewing one pattern piece at a time.
Now Available! YouTube Picture Piecing Demonstrations
We are proud to offer our Picture Piecing Techniques Demonstrations via 2 YouTube videos. Cynthia brings into your quilting studio the live demonstrations that are always so popular in her quilt show booths. (Even if you've watched our earlier videos, you might want to check these out because they are in a larger size now that makes it much easier to see the technique.) Just click the play button on the YouTube videos below to start watching as Cynthia demonstrates how to picture piece her free Ice Cream Cone block pattern available on this site.
 Picture Piecing Technique Part 1 (YouTube) Video
Picture Piecing Technique Part 2 (YouTube) Video

See For Yourself - Picture Piecing Video Demonstrations
See For Yourself Picture Piecing VideosOur See For Yourself - Picture Piecing Video Demonstrations are also still available. These videos break the entire demonstration into very short segments that concentrate on one step or tip each. These videos are also a good option if you can't get view YouTube videos for some reason. Visit our See For Yourself - Picture Piecing Videos page to watch these videos which are presented in both QuickTime (.mov) and Windows movie (.wmv) formats.

The Quilt Show

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and RIcky Tims Cynthia appeared on Episode 610 of The Quilt Show. The Quilt Show is an online quilting show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Alex and Ricky came to Cynthia's studio back in November to film the segment with Cynthia. You'll need to be a member to view the online show, so be sure to check out The Quilt Show website and look for the Join Now button. Once you have joined you can watch their monthly videos at any time (and as many times as you'd like). There are many benefits to being a member beyond watching their monthly quilting shows, so be sure to look into it.

But first, take a peek at this 30 second YouTube promotion for the show...


American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Guest

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio show guestCynthia appeared as a guest on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio with host Pat Sloan on Monday, February 20th. Cynthia was the 4th guest, with her segment starting around 3 0 minutes into the show

You can listen to the recorded show. Just click the American Patchwork & Quilting Radio button to the right to get started. This will take you to the show website www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html.

Once on their page, scroll just a bit down that page to the light gray box labeled "American Patchwork and Quilting Radio". Click the "2-20-12" listing and then click the play button.  Be sure to turn the volume up on your computer. Cynthia's interview is the 3rd one in this episode after Shelly Ziegart and Allisa Haight Carlton.

The episodes are also available for free on iTunes. Just type "American Patchwork and Quilting" into the search bar in the iTunes store. Then either download the episode you want, or subscribe to the series. If you are having trouble, just look for the link to their convenient PDF instructions file.


Cynthia England Stoney Creek Retreat


We just finished up with our first Stoney Creek Lodge Retreat with Cynthia England and had a great time! We're working on plans now for a 2015 Retreat.

Work with award-winning quilter Cynthia England for four days! Learn her sewing technique and the process of breaking up your own design.

If you'd like to receive information about the 2015 retreat, please click the Contact Form link at the top of the page and send us your email address with a note asking to receive future retreat information. We'll send out the details for our 2015 Retreat as soon as we have everything confirmed.


England Design News

Two of Cynthia's quilts were on display in the Texas Quiltmakers Exhibit at the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston. The exhibit celebrated the release of Lone Stars III: Texas Quilts Today by Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes as well as the opening of the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas. The two quilts of Cynthia's which were in the exhibit include: Open Season and One Fine Day. These two quilts, as well as Cynthia's Piece and Quiet and Power of Houston are included in the book. The Texas Quilt Museum officially opened on November 13, 2011.

Cynthia's quilt One Fine Day is also pictured in the October/November 2011 issue (no. 424) of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in an article about the new museum entitled "Texas Quilt Museum to Open in November".


Picture Piecing Book
Through England Design, Cynthia has published over 50 patterns and two books. You'll find her newest book on the Books page.

Detail: Page from Cynthia England Picture Piecing bookCynthia England's Book - Picture Piecing: Creating Dramatic Pictorial QuiltsHer book Picture Piecing: Creating Dramatic Pictorial Quilts provides step-by-step details of her picture piecing design and construction technique. It has sold over 20,000 copies.The book includes full color pictures of many of Cynthia's quilts and shows numerous examples of quilts created by other quilters who have used her picture piecing techniques.



Original Floral and Bird Series Patterns now 1/2 Price!

Oriental Poppy floral patternHummingbird pattern Our original pattern series included 15 on-point floral and bird blocks. These patterns, along with our web-exclusive Cherry Blossom pattern, are being discontinued and are now all half price - just $3.75- while quantities last. Visit our Floral and Bird Series page for details on these patterns.