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Quick-Strip Paper Piecing

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Quick-Strip Paper Piecing
Achieve perfect points every time! Peggy Martin shows you easy and fast techniques to create paper-pieced blocks and then combine them in new ways.
Here's a whole new way to piece those tricky blocks with narrow points, such as New York Beauty and Mariner's Compass. Award-winning teacher Peggy Martin walks you step by step through her fun and easy strip paper piecing techniques for making a variety of traditional and original blocks, open weave sashing, string quilts, settings and borders. You will love the versatility of Peggy's approach, whether you are making a baby quilt, wall hanging, table runner or full-sized quilt! And as an added bonus: Peggy's e-book "Quick-Strip Paper Piecing" is included free!
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Peggy explains that with basic sewing and piecing skills, even novices can produce stunning quilts.


Lesson 2. Supplies

  • Explore basic quilting supplies — sewing machine, rotary cutter, iron, rulers, needles and scissors.


Lesson 3. Pinwheel Polka

  • Play with polka dots and implied motion as Peggy demonstrates the basic quick-strip paper-piecing technique.


Lesson 4. Zigzag

  • From whirlaways to lightning bolts, the possible combinations seem endless in this lesson on tessellation.


Lesson 5. Dreamweaver

  • Build on Peggy's 4-P method — position, pinch, peak and pin — to make sharp, perfect star points.


Lesson 6. Open-Weave Sashing

  • Ever wonder how to make a border look like a woven basket? Learn the secret and technique behind the look.


Lesson 7. Sailor's Delight

  • Peggy's quick-strip paper-piecing design tackles the elaborate Mariner's Compass and makes it doable as well as dazzling.


Lesson 8. Sailor's Delight: Blocks on Point

  • Set your quilt blocks using symmetrical fabrics and a quilter's mirror to achieve dramatic kaleidoscopic effects.


Lesson 9. New York Beauty Intro

  • Curved seams may look intimidating, but with Peggy's help, they don't have to be daunting.


Lesson 10. New York Beauty: Block Setting

  • Concur those swirling curves in New York Beauty with two options: pins and careful machine stitching, or glue basting.


Lesson 11. New York Beauty: Borders

  • Arrange your blocks and decide whether to piece the border or make it seamless.


Lesson 12. String Quilts

  • Use those piles of scraps and trimmings to piece strings and abstract blocks. Then, use them for quilts or accessories.

"I absolutely love this class! Peggy shares her knowledge in a way that anyone can understand. I've made a few blocks, and the result was so pretty, that my daughter wants me to make one of the quilts using Peggy's patterns. If paper piecing has scared you in the past, take this class. You will be very happy."
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