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Quick & Easy English Paper Piecing

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Item # 15069941
Instructor : Helen Stubbings
$39.99 $24.99
Skill Level 2 : Some experience
Join designer Helen Stubbings for step-by-step guidance through English paper piecing hexagons, diamonds and more. First, learn how to wrap fabric around paper templates, gluing and stitching each piece to quickly create precise hexagons. Helen will reveal the simple swap that virtually eliminates the need for time-consuming paper removal, before helping you whipstitch your hexies to one another. Next up: appliqué! Follow along to secure your hexagons to background fabric using the appliqué stitch. Then, apply your new skills to create a range of versatile shapes, including pentagons and clamshells. Along the way, you'll discover tried-and-true tips for hiding fabric tails, avoiding gaps and achieving professional, polished results. You'll finish class with the confidence to apply English paper piecing to all your favorite patterns and projects!  Join designer Helen Stubbings for step-by-step guidance through English paper piecing hexagons, diamonds and more. First, learn how to wrap fabric around paper templates, gluing and stitching each piece to quickly create precise hexagons. Helen will reveal the simple swap that virtually eliminates the need for time-consuming paper removal, before helping you whipstitch your hexies to one another. Next up: appliqué! Follow along to secure your hexagons to background fabric using the appliqué stitch. Then, apply your new skills to create a range of versatile shapes, including pentagons and clamshells. Along the way, you'll discover tried-and-true tips for hiding fabric tails, avoiding gaps and achieving professional, polished results. You'll finish class with the confidence to apply English paper piecing to all your favorite patterns and projects! More
Take a tour through time-saving English paper-piecing techniques, and learn why this portable process has become a quilting craze!

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Join designer Helen Stubbings for step-by-step guidance through English paper piecing hexagons, diamonds and more. First, learn how to wrap fabric around paper templates, gluing and stitching each piece to quickly create precise hexagons. Helen will reveal the simple swap that virtually eliminates the need for time-consuming paper removal, before helping you whipstitch your hexies to one another. Next up: appliqué! Follow along to secure your hexagons to background fabric using the appliqué stitch. Then, apply your new skills to create a range of versatile shapes, including pentagons and clamshells. Along the way, you'll discover tried-and-true tips for hiding fabric tails, avoiding gaps and achieving professional, polished results. You'll finish class with the confidence to apply English paper piecing to all your favorite patterns and projects!
 Join designer Helen Stubbings for step-by-step guidance through English paper piecing hexagons, diamonds and more. First, learn how to wrap fabric around paper templates, gluing and stitching each piece to quickly create precise hexagons. Helen will reveal the simple swap that virtually eliminates the need for time-consuming paper removal, before helping you whipstitch your hexies to one another. Next up: appliqué! Follow along to secure your hexagons to background fabric using the appliqué stitch. Then, apply your new skills to create a range of versatile shapes, including pentagons and clamshells. Along the way, you'll discover tried-and-true tips for hiding fabric tails, avoiding gaps and achieving professional, polished results. You'll finish class with the confidence to apply English paper piecing to all your favorite patterns and projects!
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   Helen Stubbings

Helen Stubbings is a passionate stitcher and pattern designer. She owns and operates Hugs 'n Kisses, a pattern and teaching business, and Pattern Press, a publisher and distributor for Australian and international designers.

Materials: What you Need

1 . Needles: Appliqué and Size 60 microtex needle or 70/10 topstitch needles
2 . Appliqué and monofilament thread
3 . Fabric water-soluble glue pen and refills
4 . English paper piecing iron-on pre-cuts or appliqué paper and the provided pattern templates 
5 . Ceramic pencil if tracing templates onto appliqué paper
6 . ½ yard (45 cm) background fabric (white or chosen color)
7 . Various fabrics of choice for shapes. Scraps from your stash can be used or charm packs, 10" (25.4 cm) squares or 2½" (6.4 cm) strip pre-cuts will all work. 
8 . Rotary cutter and mat
9 . Iron and ironing board or mat
10 . Lightbox, lightpad or other light source
11 . Sewing machine with a blind hem stitch or similar
12 . Open-toe embroidery foot

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Introduction to English Paper Piecing
00:18:36

Meet pattern designer Helen Stubbings. Helen kicks off the class with an overview of English paper-piecing basics and walks you through the process of creating hexagons. Plus, she shares the simple material that makes this technique faster than ever.

Lesson 2 : Stitching Shapes Together
00:20:05

It's time to start stitching! Armed with the best needle and thread for the job, you'll learn professional tips for joining your hexagons together. And, find out how to make the perfect whipstitch, which you'll use to stitch all of your shapes.

Lesson 3 : Applying Shapes to a Background
00:16:04

After you've joined your hexagons, Helen shows you how to apply them to background fabric using an appliqué stitch. You'll also learn how to turn a cluster of hexies into a versatile fabric panel.

Lesson 4 : Exploring Other Shapes
00:17:42

Translate your newfound mastery of hexagons into other shapes, such as pentagons, diamonds and honeycombs. Combine these shapes in interesting ways to create beautiful blocks, and use Helen's tips to hide unwanted tails.

Lesson 5 : Working With Curves
00:24:14

Curves can be tricky, but Helen helps you discover how fun it can be to work with clamshell and apple-core shapes that add an element of fun to any quilt. And, you'll find out how to avoid puckers and gaps as you glue and stitch around each curve.

Lesson 6 : English Paper Piecing by Machine
00:19:00

Have a project in mind, but limited time? Never fear! Helen shares methods for stitching by machine to expedite the process without sacrificing careful, consistent stitches. You'll finish the class with a gorgeous sampler and a new bag of tricks for limitless English paper-piecing projects!



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