In English Paper Piecing, a quilt block is created from pieces sewn around paper patterns. While hexagons are the most popular shape in this pattern, many other shapes and designs can be used. The paper pattern stabilizes the fabric and helps with precision, making English Paper Piecing a good technique for designs that feature many corners or other details. English Paper Piecing is usually completed by hand, as the quilter wraps the fabric around the paper template and sews the edges together. Once the shape has been whip stitched together, the paper template is pulled out.