Workshop: English Paper Piecing with Valerie Boode

March 23, 2019

English Paper Piecing is a hand sewing technique that has been used for centuries to create lovely mosaic quilts, and has had a surge in popularity recently. In this class participants will make a small project to get a feel for the technique... this can be a placemat or tablemat, or the first block of a quilt.



The cost of the workshop is $70 for members, $75 for non-members.
This workshop will run from 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, with a half hour lunch break (bring lunch with you). Participants may set up at 9:30am.


Workshop location:  Victoria Salvation Army Citadel, 4030 Douglas Street.



Valerie Boode Workshop





Supplies List


All projects:
  • Template material and permanent marker
  • Scissors, thread snips
  • 1” Hexagon precut paper shapes (available at quilt stores) or bond paper to make your own papers
  • Fons & Porter (or Truline) Glu Stik – not a school type glue stick
  • Fine sharp handsewing needle
  • Fine cotton or silk handsewing thread to match fabrics
  • Thimble (optional), small rotary cutter and small mat (optional)
  • Fabric clips, fabric marker
  • Best Press or Spray Sizing

Choose from one of the following three choices, or make all three:

Mug Rugs (2)  each 6.5" square

  • 14 of 1” Hexagon paper shapes
  • 1 fat eighth fabric for background
  • 1 fat eighth fabric for backing
  • 8” x 15 “ batting
  • Assorted fabrics for hexis (a 5” square makes 2 hexis)

Placemat (1)  11.5" x 15.75" 
  • 18 of 1” Hexagon paper shapes
  • .5 metre background fabric
  • 1 Fat quarter of feature fabric
  • 1 Fat quarter of striped fabric for Hexis (does not have to be stripe)
  • 1 - 5” square of fabric for contrasting Hexis
  • .5 metre background fabric and facing
  • 12” x 16” batting

Wall Quilt or Table Topper  22.5" x 26"
  • 61 of 1” Hexagon paper shapes
  • 8 fabrics each 2 ½” X 24” (or WOF)
  • 7 scraps 3” square for centres
  • .5 metre background fabric
  • 4 strips each 2 ½” x WOF for borders
  • .6 metre backing fabric (will also make facing)
  • 24” x 27” batting

Traditional Hexagon Quilt
  • Over 3400 paper pieces and the same of scraps (a 1” hexagon requires a scrap 2 ½” x 3”)
These hexi shapes are sewn into each other with no applique, thereby making the quilt as large or small as desired.To enable our class to accommodate the time restriction our “sewn hexi units” are appliqued to a background, they could however be sewn as a complete hexi unit (adding more hexis to fill the background) and applique could be avoided.