English Paper Piecing by Machine

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Karen K. Stone has taken a difficult traditional block and made it easy and fun. The Whig’s Defeat block, a beautiful, graphic pattern with spires and curves may seem too challenging on a first look, but Karen’s innovative method turns the piecing into an enjoyable project with supplies found mostly at the office supply or dollar store! With just a few pins and some glue, these blocks come together perfectly. Karen’s method of English paper piecing shortens the process while still making the pieces fit snugly. Then, Karen demonstrates how to connect the pieces on a home sewing machine so everything is held together invisibly. By learning to make only two lovely blocks, you can create your own traditional Whig’s Defeat quilt in a way that is anything but traditional! For your convenience, this class can be purchased for online viewing or purchased on DVD.

Course Curriculum

English Paper Piecing by Machine by Karen K. Stone - 1hr 49min
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 11 Minutes00:11
Lesson 2. Prepping Templates & Fabric 0 Hours 19 Minutes00:19
Lesson 3. Block 1: Pin, Glue & Iron 0 Hours 25 Minutes00:25
Lesson 4. Appliqué the Arc 0 Hours 20 Minutes00:20
Lesson 5. Block 2: Fancy Shapes 0 Hours 12 Minutes00:12
Lesson 6. Block 2: Machine Appliqué 0 Hours 32 Minutes00:32

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Fabric:

  • Blacks: 20–24 fat quarters or equivalent yardage
  • Whites or light grays: 12–16 fat quarters, more for variety than amount
  • Turquoises: 10–20 fat quarters, more for variety than amount
  • Yellows: 10–20 fat quarters, more for variety than amount

Thread:

  • Clear or smoke poly monofilament

Sewing Machine Foot:

  • Open toe embroidery foot

Cutting Tools:

  • Retractable box cutter

Other Supplies:

  • Poster board, cardstock, or lightweight cardboard
  • Transparent tape
  • Elmer’s® washable school glue
  • Straight edge
  • Pinnable ironing board
  • Iron
  • Spray sizing or starch
  • Bias tape maker,  ¼"
  • Heavyweight water-soluble stabilizer such as Badgemaster or Sulky® Ultra Solvy
  • Small paint brush
  • Offset tweezers

Optional:

  • InvisiFil™ by WonderFil
  • 100% silk thread
  1. Will I have to buy lots of supplies?
    Honestly, you will already have many of these supplies on hand. Karen jokes about her ability to create amazing quilting tools from the dollar store and office supply stores. There are some items you may have to purchase, but the technique mostly uses items that are low cost or already in your home.
  2. Will piecing by machine give my blocks the look of precision that I like so much about English paper piecing?
    You’ll be amazed at how everything comes together using Karen’s method. It has that same neat and clean look of traditional English paper piecing with sharp points coming out as truly sharp points.
  3. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Karen will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
  4. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

Instructor Gallery

Student Gallery

  1. Karen Stenback

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    Excellent class...well-presented. Her techniques are easy to understand. Very pleased with the class.
  2. Kim Komet

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    I loved the class. I love Karen's work. She explained the technic very well and easy you understand. I need more fabric so I can start. I can't wait.
    Great class
    Thank you Karen
  3. Betty Jo Tatum

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    This is a clear well presented class. I am very interested in adding these methods to my tool belt. It's as fun to listen to her comments as it is to learn her techniques. i'll not only make this block as soon as I finish my current project, but love the overall techni1que. Thanks Karen!
  4. Valli Schiller

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    CLEVER techniques that I'm happy to add to my repertoire. Very instructive to listen to Karen's comments and watch as she works.
  5. Lisa H. Calle

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    Thanks for a great class! I love the machine appliqué technique for the block. The water soluble stabilizer for the appliqué is brilliant. Can't wait to give it a try.

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