Show Me How To Paper Piece Class Plan

Show Me How to Paper Piece
From Show Me How to Paper Piece by Carol Doak

Class Description

This class is designed for beginning quilters and paper piecers as an introduction to paper piecing. Students will learn how to cut their fabric pieces to the correct size, how to sew them accurately to their foundation in an organized manner and how to join their blocks easily and accurately. As students learn this wonderful technique, they will be on their way to producing a small heart wall quilt, perfect for display or gift-giving. Everyone marvels at the accuracy that paper piecing produces for everyone from the simplest to the most intricate projects. Come and learn quickly and easily how to paper piece.

Class Length

3 Hours as an introduction to produce a few heart blocks.

6 Hours if taught with the goal is to complete the quilt top.

Class Supply List

  • Show Me How to Paper Piece by Carol Doak- The book contains all the foundations the students will use to create their blocks.
  • Fabric-(The fabric and batting can easily be kitted by the shop as a convenience for the students.)
    • 1⁄4 yard light fabric for the background
    • 1⁄4 yard total of assorted contrasting fabrics for the hearts
    • 1⁄4 yard for border and binding
    • 15" x 15" square of low loft batting
    • 15" x 15" square of backing fabric
  • Sewing machine in good working order equipped with a size 90/14 needle.
  • Open-toe presser foot if you have one. If not, your standard foot will be OK.
  • Thread to match your fabrics and straight pins with a flat head
  • Rotary cutter, mat
  • 6" x 6" rotary ruler
  • 6" Add-A-Quarter Ruler
  • small pad of stick on notes and pencil to mark cut fabric piece locations
  • Small pressing mat and small iron
  • Small postcard or card stock approximately 4" x 6"
  • Scotch Brand Removable Magic tape to repair foundation should you have to remove a piece of fabric.
  • (Note to Shop Owner/Teacher: This list can be edited down by kitting all the fabric, providing communal ironing stations, providing a postcard or card stock, and having Scotch Brand Removable Magic tape available for students to use if needed.

You will also want to have available for student purchase:

  • Carol Doak's Foundation Paper to take home to continue their paper experience.
  • 50 Little Paper-Pieced Blocks by Carol Doak is a perfect next step for your beginning paper piecers to explore a variety of paper-pieced blocks.


Classroom Preparation

Each student will need a sewing machine space, power, and an area next to their machine for a work area.

Class Agenda

1. Introduction of fabric cutting and labeling locations for paper
piecing (Pages 9-11)

2. Setting up your sewing machine. (Page 6)

3. Cutting out foundation blocks from the book (Page 8)

4. Step-by-Step paper piecing process (Pages 13-19)

5. Joining blocks accurately and discussion of adding rows accurately (Pages 20-21)

6. Discussion of adding border and removing paper (Page 21)

7. Discussion of quilting and binding (Page 22)