Class Details for Shaping Up With Fast-Piece Applique

Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Rose Hughes
Start Date: 9 February 2018
Weeks Open: 6.5

Features in This Workshop

  • A scheduled class
  • One-to-one Teacher guidance & help for questions and answers
  • Downloadable class information
  • Text, Images and some videos
  • Is Patchwork based
  • A Design Class
  • Learn the Fast-Piece Applique technique

Are you ready to learn a FUN, FAST and Fantastically easy quilt construction method? One that simplifies complicated curves and circles? Join me for Shape Up with Fast-Piece Applique™. We will be working on building our designing muscles and then set off to stitch everything together quickly using basic Fast-Piece Applique™ leaving plenty opportunity to learn several finishing methods including couching, bead quilting and a few of my favorite embroidery stitches. By the end of our sessions you’ll have a creative-artful Fast-Piece Applique piece, and a mind filled with new ideas and techniques to apply to future projects.

Supplies and Outline


In this workshop we will working on creating a small quilt – approximately 18”x24”.  The design will be worked on during our first session and after that you’ll know more about the direction your fabric selection will take. In general you will want to have 1/4 yards or fat quarters of at least 15 fabrics. These can be solid, prints or batiks of three colors that work well together.

Batting: (thin-sufficient for the 18”x24” quilt)

Drawing and Pattern-Making Papers

Tracing Paper: Tracing paper is translucent and great to use for creating patterns and in design work. Because it is easy to see though and allows you to trace images makes it an invaluable commodity in any studio. It comes in a variety of sizes, in pads and on rolls. A roll of 18” may be purchased. For this project you will need 4 pieces - 9"x12", and  1 piece of 18"x24" . As you begin to use it more often you will find that you want it in additional sizes for convenience. My favorite source for this is Dick Blick in UK try on-line with Cass Art.

Freezer Paper: Freezer paper is essential to the Fast-Piece Appliqué process where you will use machine piecing and appliqué techniques in controlled combination. It is delightfully paradoxical, but the real secret to achieving a curving and flowing line is to freeze it, by using freezer paper. Freezer paper is first used to create the curved pattern and then to hold the pieces of the pattern in place with a very high level of accuracy as they are quickly and easily sewn together by machine. In this way, fabric grain will be held solid throughout the sewing process, and there will be no need for pins. Even easing the curve will become a thing of the past. You can find freezer paper in some grocery stores, or quilt stores. The paper is a fairly heavy, white craft like paper that is coated with plastic on one side and has a smooth, easy to write on paper surface on the other side. A roll of 18” may be purchased. For this project you will need  1 piece of 18"x24" . Freezer paper is now available in 15”-, 18”-, and 24”-wide rolls and sheets from POS Paper and delivery internationally as well.

Sewing Tools

Sewing machine: When working on these projects you should have a sewing machine that you are familiar with and that has zigzag and machine quilting capability. You will want to make sure that it is in good working order and that you know how to change the length and width of the stitches you will be working with.

Note: Besides a standard or 1/4” presser foot for straight stitching, you will need to have a foot that accommodates zigzag stitching. Most machines come with a foot that has an open area for the needle in order to handle the zigzag stitching, but since we will be using this foot to couch over yarns there are better choices available for most machines. Each sewing machine manufacturer may have a specialty foot that will help you with the couching you will be doing.

Machine piecing thread: The thread selected should be a mid-weight cotton thread in a neutral color (i.e. gray, beige). Note: The best color would be visible from the top but not high contrasting. This thread will be used for the top and bobbin while sewing the quilt top.

Quilting thread: Select metallic, or other decorative threads that coordinate with chosen yarns for the quilt top for couching and quilting.

Bobbin thread: When selecting bobbin thread for couching and quilting, remember that this thread will show on the back of the quilt. In most cases my choice is clear monofilament.

Beading thread: When preparing to hand bead, you will want to find exceptionally strong but pliable thread in colors that match the fabric colors where the beads will be sewn. My favorite beading thread is Bottom Line 60-weight lint-free polyester from Superior Threads.

Embroidery thread: Readily available DMC embroidery threads is fine to use and I enjoy using variegated threads for more interest. Non-US sources.

Basic Sewing Kit

Here is a complete list of everything you will need to make your own Shape Up quilts.

For Drawing, Marking, etc.

  • Soft Lead Pencil
  • Pencil Eraser
  • Fine line, (not ultra-fine) permanent black marker
  • Chalk powder or chalk cartridge type marker (optional)

For Cutting

  • Paper Scissors
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Duckbill Appliqué Scissors or Bent Blade Embroidery Scissors
  • Rotary cutter & cutting mat
  • 24” Long ruler

For Sewing

  • Sharp 80-90 sewing machine needles
  • Topstitch or Metallic 80-90 machine needles

For Pressing

  • Iron
  • Ironing board

For Sandwiching the quilt

  • Batting – Lightweight cotton or cotton blend
  • Masking tape
  • Safety Pins

For Optional Dimensional Stitching and Beading

  • Size 2 Crewel hand sewing needles
  • Size 10 -11 Sharps hand sewing needles
  • Needle-threader
  • Thimble
  • Small Pin Cushion
  • Beading Cup/Tray