Welcome to England Design


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


Cynthia's quilt Come Into the LightInternational Quilt Invitational 2015
Brigham City Museum of Art & History

Cynthia currently has two quilts (Piece and Quiet, shown above, and Come Into the Light, shown left) appearing in the International Quilt Invitational 2015 at Brigham City Museum of Art and History, in Brigham City, Utah. The exihibit runs from July 1 - August 29th. If you live in the area, or are traveling nearby, be sure to see this exhibit.

Get more details on the Brigham City Museum website

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 Video Demonstrations

Check out our Picture Piecing Video Demos by Cynthia!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.)

Visit our Picture Piecing Video Demos page to get started.


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:


Mr. Frosty Pattern

Mr. Frosty picture piecing quilt patternOur Mr. Frosty pattern, shown here, combines beginner level Picture Piecing and traditional piecing to create a whimsical 26" x 31" quilt. We also offer a Mr. Frosty Fabric Kit, a Mr. Frosty Backing Kit and a Snow Glitter Thread Kit on our Mr. Frosty page to help you get off to a speedy start on this fun project.

Keep an eye out for our Mr. Frosty pattern in the holiday section of the Summer 2015 Keepsake Quilting Catalog.


Cynthia England appears on June episode of
The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky TimsCynthia appeared on another segment for The Quilt Show, on Episode #1412. This episode premiered on June 9, 2014. The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims brings you the friendliest, interactive online community for quilters worldwide! We encourage you to join today to learn, share, create, connect and watch Alex and Ricky in brand new episodes of The Quilt Show.

Check out the introduction to this episode on the TQS blog.

A Behind the Scenes Slideshow taken during the actual taping of Cynthia's episode #1412 is also available.

This is Cynthia's second appearance on The Quilt Show.  In Episode 610, Cynthia appeared on a segment entitled Piece a Perfect Landscape.


Pattern Sample Quilts by Cynthia England - Now Available!

Lakeside pattern sample quilt by Cynthia England Are there some of Cynthia's quilts that you'd love to make, but just haven't found the time? Now is your opportunity to own a Cynthia England pattern sample.

We are offering a limited number of sample quilts that traveled to quilt shows and quilt shops on our Sale Items page. Visit our Sale Items page to learn more.


Visit our Sale Items page!

Oriental Poppy floral patternHummingbird pattern Discontinued patterns, fabric kits for discontinued patterns, and "scratch and dent" books are available at discounted prices on our Sale Items page. Look for the Sale Items link in the left menu of each page.

For instance, our original pattern series included 15 on-point floral and bird blocks. These patterns, along with our web-exclusive Cherry Blossom pattern, have been discontinued and the remaining ones are now all half price - just $3.75- while quantities last.