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Learn to English Paper Piece a Pincushion

English Paper Piecing is a great travel or TV quilting method, as the materials list is short, and no sewing machine is needed. It is often seen in blocks such as “Grandmother’s Flower Garden”. If you’ve wondered about English Paper Piecing but have despaired that you would never have time for such an involved project, this class is for you. You will learn the basics of EPP and get started on making a pincushion. You may even be able to complete one before the class is over, if you are a speedy stitcher! If not, don’t worry- the project completion is easy. Give it a try!

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Provided for you as part of the class fee:

Paper pieces
Background and backing for pincushion
Ground walnut shells for pincushion filling


Have to Have Materials:

Fabric glue stick* or standard glue stick

Hand sewing needles.* I use Milliner’s/Straw needles. You may wish to use these or try something different. Be sure you can thread your needle! They should be fairly thin needles, between size 9 and 12. J Madeline’s stocks size 10 Milliner’s Needles. You could also try applique needles.

Scissors* for snipping thread

Scissors* for cutting fabric

Thimble* if you use one for hand sewing

Reading glasses if you need them for close work

Nice to Have Materials:
Wonder clips*
Travel high-intensity light, such as an OttLite
“Purple Thang”*

*Available for purchase from J Madeline’s



Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Beginning hand sewing skills are appropriate for this class.
Requirements: A kit fee includes paper piecing shapes, fabric, thread, and walnut shell pincushion filling. We will supply irons, ironing surface, a chair and table. Note that a sewing machine is NOT required for this class! You will need a sewing machine at home to finish your project.
Instructor: Jane Beamish
Instructor Bio: Jane began English Paper Piecing when she had to, in order to complete a Row by Row pattern. She continued with EPP when she was laid up after surgery and couldn't sew by machine. She has a bunch of EPP projects lined up, but these mug rugs are a fun favorite! When she's not piecing or learning more about it, she's a wife, mom, and teacher. Jane can sign for Deaf participants.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.