Sunday, May 21st
Hexie Pincushion, Learn English Paper Piecing (A Quilting Technique)
12pm to 2:30pm | Class Fee: $35
Learn the basics of this popular hand quilting technique of English Paper Piecing, including various ways to baste hexagons and joining them together, plus the applique stitch to add your hexies to any decorative project.
Materials: Please bring sharp scissors, sewing needle and neutral sewing thread.
Workshop Level: Beginner
Instructor Bio: Connie Jamison Klos, an Eastern Long Island native, has been quilting and crafting for over 30 years. She is an award winning quilter, with both machine and hand applique and embroidery as her main focus, though she is versed in many quilting techniques. She teaches quilting, hand embroidery and wool applique classes locally as well as leading our own monthly Quilt and Stitch Group. She keeps up with the quilting world as a member of the Baltimore Applique Society, the American Quilt Study Group, American Quilters Society, New England Quilt Museum, The Applique Society, The Quilt Alliance, Quilters Consortium of New York State and the Quilt Professionals Network.
What is English Paper Piecing?
English paper piecing has roots in England as far back as the 18th century and immigrants brought this pattern with them to America. Several shapes can be done in the English paper piecing style including diamonds, Dresden plates, hexagons and more. Hexagons were very popular in England and hence very popular in America. These six sided patches were also often called honeycomb, grandmothers flower garden, or mosaic, depending on color placement of the fabrics. This was often a popular way to use up remnants of fabrics including cotton, wool and silks. The English paper piecing method starts with a pattern cut out of paper or light cardboard, then the fabric is basted around the pattern shape. This method makes projects very portable and often lends itself to dating quilts when news print is left inside the item. Today this method is seeing a comeback and is very popular with younger quilters, seen in bright modern fabrics.