Quick & Easy English Paper Piecing
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!
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
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!