English Paper Piecing Templates

As a quilter, I am always looking for ways to increase efficiency and perfection in cutting out materials to use in my fiber art. This is how I came to purchase a KNK Maxx Air 15” cutting machine. I draw my quilts digitally in Corel and then use the vector files to create patterns, appliqué and even digitized robotic quilting designs. It seemed a natural progression to use these same vector files to cut out my designs.

My blog post contributions will be focused on the ways you can use your KNK machine in the fiber arts. Enjoy this journey with me!

Never run out of templates for your English paper piecing!

Never run out of templates for your English paper piecing!

English paper piecing is a technique that involves hand piecing shapes of fabric that are basted onto paper templates then sewn together create larger shapes. Dating back as far as the 1770’s, this method of quilting is enjoying resurgence in popularity today, fueled by the new Modern Quilt movement. The shapes are geometric and lend themselves well to modern fabrics and quilt layouts. It is also accessible and portable, no sewing machines required!

Polygon shapes such as hexagons, trapezoid, pentagon, diamonds, triangles and rectangles are used in many combinations to produce a multitude of designs. The paper templates used are traditionally cut by hand from a printed sheet or purchased precut from a supplier. But since we own a KNK cutting machine we are not limited to either the sizes or quantities a supplier may have to sell. We can just cut our own!

Maxx Air Settings

Blade = Red, Blade height = 25

Force = 70

Velocity = 300

# Passes = Disabled

Blade Offset = .35

Let’s start with the most familiar shape, the hexagon.  The size of the hexagon is normally quoted in the widest dimension.  So if a pattern calls for a 3” hexagon, its width will be 3” at its widest point. Each side of the hexagon will be 1.5”, so the width of the hexagon is always 2 times the length of one side.

  • In the Make the Cut software, open the Basic Shapes tool box and chose the Polygon set from the drop down box.

Basic Shapes

  • Select the Hexagon shape by double clicking on the icon. If your pattern calls for a 3” hexagon you need to set your width for the hexagon to 3”.
  • Duplicate the hexagon to however many you need.  I have provided a MTC cut file for 3” Hexagons for your use. (get Hexagon EPP.MTC file here)

Hexagon sheet

  • Cut the hexagons from cardstock, nothing fancy, a white or light color is best. The cardstock should not be too heavy as you need to be able to sew though it. I used the Worldwin Cut Mates Cardstock from KNK.

Now you have the start of your own Hexagon quilt! Fabric is cut larger than the paper template, normally ¼” to ⅜” bigger all around. You can cut each fabric hexagon randomly, or center the template over a motif in the fabric and “fussy cut” to showcase the design.

However you choose to cut the fabric, the next basic steps are to center the paper template in your cut fabric, fold over the excess and baste to the paper template. Basted shapes are then combined and sewn together to create the units. Units are joined to make a quilt. Paper templates and basting are removed after joining units. For more information on making quilts from the hexagon shapes a quick Google search turned up 271,000 results!  Have Fun!

 

Links:

Hexagon English Paper Piecing Tutorial

Images of Modern Hexagon Quilts

 

Guest Designer: Nicole’s Memorial Flag Case

Today’s guest designer on Team KNK, Nicole, made a beautiful and personalized memorial flag case. Read all the way to the bottom to see a full size photo!

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Materials:

Settings (KNK Zing):
  • Force:  15
  • Pass:  1
  • Up/Down:  10/10
  • WYSIWYG
  • Red blade @ 25 Post-it height

Instructions:

Step 1:  Make a shape that represents the visible glass of the case. Step 1 - Copy_opt


Step 2:  Pick a font for the name.  I chose Baskerville Old Face from MTC.


Step 3:  Make a shadow layer and weld it to make it thicker. Step 3 - Copy_opt


Step 4:  Pick a font for the birth and death dates.  I chose the font Great Vibes from dafont.com. Overlayed fonts - Copy_opt


Step 5:  Add triangles for registration marks on all 4 sides.  Use horizontal/vertical center functions to line up the triangles to the script.

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Note:  Using join prior to aligning all 4 registration marks may adjust the center of your script layer.

Step 6:  Mirror the layer that is going on the back of the glass.

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Step 7:  Cut the vinyl and weed the excess.

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Step 8:  Mark the glass on the opposite side with a Sharpie marker.

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Step 9:  Clean the the glass thoroughly then spray with application fluid.  I made my own fluid with baby soap and water (very, very little soap is needed).  Apply the vinyl using transfer paper ensuring the registration marks line up with the lines.  The application fluid allows you to wiggle the vinyl exactly into place. Step 8_opt

Note:  Paper transfer tape is preferred for this because it allows the application fluid to seep through and evaporate.

Step 10:  Carefully squeegee the water out.  Flip over to ensure all the liquid has been removed from under the vinyl.  Let sit until dry.
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Step 11:  Carefully peel off the transfer tape and make registration marks for other side.

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Step 12:  Repeat steps 8-10 for the second script layer.


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Baseball hat card

So does anyone else watch the Little League World Series? I’m pretty excited because my friend’s son is on one of the teams competing in Williamsport this year.

So I needed a baseball card and I used an image I found on a website selling hats to trace and create this shape card.

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Isn’t that a terrible image to trace from? MTC didn’t think so. I did very little clean up, duplicated the hat, mirror imaged it and welded it. Pretty cool, eh?

 

 

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I sized it so that it will fit in a standard envelope (4.25 x 5.5…think that’s A2? A4? Not sure), but I made an envelope out of some baseball paper I had left over. 20150813-IMG_8873

To get this card to “stand,” you bend the bills out a little bit and it gives it kind of a 3-Dish look as well. 20150813-IMG_8872 I originally planned to have it say “thank you” on the front, but I had this cute baseball stamp so I went that direction and glued a star button on the front. 20150813-IMG_8871

I used Worldwin Cutmates paper for the solid colors and some baseball patterned paper I picked up at Michael’s for the bill and the envelope. I used a swiss dot embossing folder for the blue part of the card.

I used the Zing

The settings were: 100 for the card stock, 80 for the patterned paper, speed 10 and red blade. 20150813-IMG_8869 Here is the file if you want to give it a go:

djm_baseball-hat-card.mtc

Until next time!

 

Writing Perfection – Free File from Team KNK

Artist Trading Cards are fun, and not too time consuming. They are also really great for introducing one new method or tool in a class or during a demo – instead of using tags or bookmarks all the time. I created an ATC template for a stamping group I belong to, but it could be adapted for any art/craft ATC swap. I also created the envelope file, and just love how they turned out!

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I admit, sometimes I stand next to my Maxx Air, mesmerized as I watch ‘writing perfection’ take form. It kinda makes my brain fuzzy though – since it writes from right to left.

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Materials:

  • Standard material (red cap) blade
  • Embossing tool
  • Gel Pen (I didn’t want to take my pen apart, so I lazily wrapped card stock and then painter’s tape around the barrel). If this wasn’t my everyday pen, I would have disassembled it and used the wonderful pen tool. I wasn’t going for 100% precision, so I was okay with it being imperfectly centered.
  • Stamping card stock 8.5 x 11 for ATCs (you could use any material you want for the ATCs, I’ve used canvas and handmade papers for example)
  • WorldWin CutMates card stock 12 x 12 (for envelope)
  • Scrapbooking Adhesive

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • Writing with a Gel Pen
    • f = 32
    • v = 300
    • p = 1
  • Cutting WorldWin CutMates
    • f = 65
    • v = 300
    • p = 1

Steps:

  1. Place the ATC paper on the mat between the rollers, or raise the pinch wheel so it does not make contact with the paper and smudge your writing.
  2. Insert your pen tool, hide the cut layer and become mesmerized as your KNK writes the text perfectly.
  3. Replace the pen tool with the standard blade, hide the writing layer and show the cut layer.
  4. Cut the ATCs. Remove and set aside.
  5. Place the 12 x 12 WorldWin CutMates paper on the mat.
  6. Insert your embossing tool, hide the cut layer and show the emboss layer to emboss the fold lines.
  7. Replace the embossing tool with the standard blade, hide the emboss layer and show the cut layer and cut the perimeter of the envelope.
  8. Remove the envelope from the mat and press the fold lines.
  9. Use scrapbooking adhesive to adhere the flaps.
  10. Embellish ATC and envelope as desired.

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Download the free file here for a limited time. Have some fun with it!

Patriots Window Decal

KNK, Omayra, Car Decal,

Football Pre-season started and my husband and my son are fans of the Patriots team. They wanted me to make a Patriots sticker to put on their cars to show support for their team. Because I own a KNK machine, which I LOVE very much thanks to my teacher Sandy, I was able to make the stickers that they really wanted.

Materials:

Settings (Maxx Air):

  • F = 15
  • V = 150
  • P = 1

Steps:

  1. I used MTC to trace the patriots design and to cut the project
  2. Apply the Transfer tape on top of the vinyl
  3. Clean the windshield very well
  4. Apply the vinyl to the windshield

You too can support your favorite team(s) using your KNK cutter machine and the terrific vinyls that knkusa.com has available for you.