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Beginning Quilting Paper Piecing



English paper piecing originated in England in the 1700s.  The oldest English Paper Pieced quilt dated in the United States dated around 1807-1813.  During America's Pioneer days, "paper" quilting became very popular.  Interestingly, paper was scarce in early America and women often saved letters, newspaper clippings and catalog pages to create patterns.  In many cases, paper templates were not removed from the quilt, the paper serving a dual purpose of history - papers found in old quilts have preserved fist-hand glimpses into pioneer life!  

In recent years this technique has been updated using modern conveniences (pre-cut paper pieces and fabrics, acrylic templates, fabric glues etc). but the basic procedure is the same.  While the hexagon (now referred to as a "hexi"), is the shape most commonly associated with English Paper Piecing, many other shapes are used - half hexagon, elongated hexagons, clam shell, triangles, pentagons, etc.  

In the class, you will learn from our one newest instructors, Nancy Hansen, how to make & perfect this traditional technique.  You will be making 1" hexi paper pieced squares to make a quilt, table runner or wall hanging!  This class is perfect for 2 1/2" strips (jelly rolls) since you will be using 2 1/2" squares.  Create incredible quilts using this design while learning about the foundation of paper-piecing.



Template and paper will be provided!

Please bring your own:

- Sewing Machine or rent from us for an additional $35 (please call in advance to reserve)
- Basic sewing tools:  scissors, pins, seam ripper, good quality thread and 70/10 sewing machine needles etc.). 
- Hand sewing needles and thimble. 
- 2 1/2" strips of fabric to use in paper piecing template, Jelly Rolls are perfect! Fabric & supplies can be purchased in our shop at a 15% discount. We have a wonderful selection of jelly rolls!


Minimum Class Size
:  We reserve the right to cancel class if there is less than two students signed up for the class.  We will let you know 24 hours in advance if we do not have enough students and will give you an opportunity to sign up for an alternative class.  This class is for intended for 18 years or older; please contact the shop if you'd like an exception. 

You may cancel class up to 24 hrs in advance of your class start time; after which you will forfeit your class fee unless we can fill your spot from the waiting list, or you can send a friend.  We appreciate your understanding on this - as a small business, we are fortunate enough to have only the best instructors and they need to be paid! All cancellations must be received in writing, info@santacruzvacnsew.com.  Sorry, no exceptions.


Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details:
Instructor: Nancy Hanson
Instructor Bio: Nancy has 40+ years quilting experience with techniques such as English Paper Piecing, Hand Appliqu?, Fused Raw Edge Appliqu? and Wools. She is the past President of Pajaro Valley Quilt Association and has taught quilting for many years in both England & California.
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