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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!

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



  • 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


  • Clear or smoke poly monofilament

Sewing Machine Foot:

  • Open toe embroidery foot

Cutting Tools:

  • Retractable box cutter
  • Fabric scissors

Other Supplies:

  • Pins
  • Poster board, cardstock, or lightweight cardboard
  • Transparent tape
  • Elmer’s® washable school glue
  • Straight edge
  • Cutting mat
  • 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


  • InvisiFil™ by WonderFil
  • 100% silk thread
  • Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
  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. Janet Palmer


    I am very intrigued to try this process. I am new to appliqué so open to all ways of doing it. Great instructions and appreciate the calm and open approach to teaching.
  2. Diane Ahnstedt


    This technique has added a new dimension to my piecing!
  3. Cinderella Ba


    I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks so much less complicated than Foundation Paper Piecing. (Have no sense of direction).
    I am really happy I bought this class!
  4. Nicole Owens


    I love Karen’s technique for EPP by machine. Very easy to understand. I tried it myself and recommended it to others. Once you understand the technique, you can apply it to all kinds of shapes. I feel I can now get in on the EPP craze without hurting my hand.
  5. Susan Wood


    Karen, you are fabulous and so is your technique, loved every minute of your class. I used scraps on hand to make both blocks to make sure I could do it and would like it. I am ordering fabric now to make the quilt, so glad I took your class. I have been trying to find an avenue to purchase the "Spot On" pattern for a while now. Imagine my delight when I found that you were teaching this class

    on that quilt, didn't know until after I bought the class.
  6. Patricia Culleny


    Great class! Karen is an excellent instructor. I love the curved bias tape technique and can't wait to use it on my next project.
  7. Charlotte Mattingly


    I learned a lot about Karen's method. And I am so ready to give it a try. Thank you for the precise instructions.
  8. Jane Ratcliff


    I just started the class so have not watched all the videos. The instructor and her instructions are wonderful and really deserve a 5 star rating. However, the camera person is not so good. He/she is not able to follow the instructor and much of the time goes back to a long shot showing the Iquilt sign in the background. I know this is an Iquilt class and don't need the constant reminder. Som

    e of the close-ups are entirely too close so all I can see is the top of the iron. I really like the class and would get much more out of it if the camera work was better.
  9. Lynn Onions


    Great class. I thought Karen was detailed and easy to understand. I love many of her quilts. While I love hand work, there is not enough time in this life to complete all the projects by hand. I really am intrigued by the machine EPP. I have a book with several shapes to design with and I am looking forward to trying this technique.
  10. Karen Stenback


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


    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
  12. Betty Jo Tatum


    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!
  13. Valli Schiller


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


    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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