Quilting (English Paper Piecing)

A great opportunity to learn the basics of this traditional quilting technique in a 3-Day Course and the chance of a Free Taster Class


Debra Webster

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Course Content

In this wonderful new Course, you will be introduced to the beautiful craft of English Paper Piecing, an ancient way of making patchwork by hand which dates back to at least the 18th century.

English Paper Piecing is simply the practice of basting fabric shapes to paper, either with thread or glue, and then sewing the edges together to form patchwork of varying shapes and sizes. This slow and gentle way of making patchwork is truly lovely, and moreover it is also wonderfully sociable and stress-free.

Beginners will be working initially with 2 inch hexagon paper shapes, and will learn the basics of:

– how to cut the fabric;

– how to quickly and easily baste it to the paper by using the glue-basting method;

– and then by using a simple whipstitch, you will learn how to sew the separate hexagons together to form a flower.

You will then be shown how to transform the patchwork flower into a lovely, unique keepsake: a lavender-filled sachet or a pin-cushion.

This class additionally will allow you to go on to work with other shapes and sizes and to create your own patchwork, as the same simple techniques are used for all English paper piecing patchwork.

More advanced students will be supported and guided into making larger English Paper Piecing quilting projects, such as cushion covers, table runners or bedspreads. They will be shown how to complete their items with:

– adding a variety of wadding and backing fabrics to the patchwork piece

– quilting the layers together with hand or machine stitching

– finishing the item with bias binding

Entry Requirements

All levels. This course is for adult learners (18+) with no knowledge of sewing as well as for learners who have previous experience.

Please note: rotary cutters and scissors may be used by students in this class so sufficient hand dexterity is necessary to handle the sharp equipment safely.


All Sewn Up, Unit 1, The Coop Centre, 11 Mowll Street, London SW9 6BG.
Tel: 020 7840 0216
Email: admin@lmhs.org.uk

Number of Students

12 maximum


Tutor feedback
Learner self-assessment


You will have the use of all equipment in the workroom including: large tables, cutting mats, sewing machines, irons & metal rulers.

Material Costs

For the 3-Day Course: a starter kit of 2″ Hexagon paper shapes and fabric will be available free of charge where needed; all other sewing materials and equipment are to be provided by the student, including thread, needles, fabric glue sticks, scissors, etc. A list of specialist suppliers and materials will be available from the tutor. Some materials and fabrics may be purchased in class at competitive prices – all purchases at All Sewn Up help with the running of the project by Lady Margaret Hall Settlement, Reg. Charity No.202918.

For the Free Taster Class: all fabrics, paper shapes, threads and needles will be provided free of charge. Please bring your own sewing kit if you have it (scissors, needles, etc).

How to Apply

Enrol in person, by post or email admin@lmhs.org.uk
Enrolment form available online or on request (by phone or email).