English Paper Piecing – Mary’s Garden Block & Virginia’s Star Block with Shibaguyz Designz (Online)

  • Friday, October 09, 2020
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Friday, October 09, 2020, 10:30 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, October 10, 2020, 10:00 AM 11:30 AM (PDT)
  • BARN Fiber Arts Studio, Class Code: FI100920SB+
  • 7


  • $150 + $30 Kit/Materials Fee
  • Tuition ($120 Value) is Free. Materials Fee: $30.00

    Registration will close Wednesday, Sept. 30th at 12:00 PM

Registration is closed

**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Years ago, our great-grandparents made beautiful quilts using a technique known as English Paper Piecing. Prior to the mass production of the sewing machine and the emergence of long arm quilting machines, quilts were made by using paper templates and scraps of fabric. First, individual pieces were made, then those pieces were assembled into larger quilt blocks. Finally, the individual blocks were sewn together by hand to create the final quilt. Lucky for us, traditional sewists and quilters have kept this elegantly simply and portable quilting technique alive so we can share it with you.

For this workshop, our quilt blocks are inspired by the work from the hands of our grandmothers. Mary’s Garden block is based on a wall hanging Shannon’s grandmother, Mary, made for them before they left for college. That same wall hanging has traveled with them for all of these years and has hung on the walls of every bedroom in every apartment and house since and currently hangs in the Shibaguyz’ home in Seattle. Virginia’s Star block is based on a quilt block that was part of a collection of blocks found under a mattress after his grandmother passed away. Initially held by Jason’s aunt, some of the blocks were passed to his mother and, finally, to Jason. The block is now framed and hangs on the wall of the Shibaguyz’ home in Seattle.

Session One:
We’ll start off with Mary’s Garden block and cover two types 

of basting and two ways to sew the blocks together. Order of operation is key here and we’ll give you the skills you’ll need to complete Mary’s Garden block and start on Virginia’s Star.

Session Two:
You should have at least one of your blocks finished by the start of class. For day 2, we will teach you two ways to appliqué the blocks onto a fabric backing for display. We’ll also show you examples of how to expand your blocks into larger arrangements to make wall hangings or quilts.

Supplies students need to have on hand: 

  • Thread snips
  • fabric scissors
  • rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • iron

Kits provided by the instructor will include:

Paper piece templates for both quilt blocks, fabric for both quilt blocks, sewing needle, Aurifil 50 wt thread, Wonder Clips, glue stick

Kits will be mailed to participants 10 days before the class. To ensure you receive your kit in time, registration for this class will close on Monday, Sept. 28th.


  • Registration will close September 30th at 12:00 PM
  • Kits will be delivered to the address you entered when you register. Please be sure to verify your mailing address.
  • A link to join online will be sent to the email address you registered with one day before each session. Please watch for this email.
  • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week! 
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
  • Skill Level: Can turn on, and sew a straight stitch, on a standard sewing machine. Yup… that’s it.
  • Ages 14+ Welcome.

Meet the instructors: 

Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the dynamic DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz, the inspired creators of Shibaguyz Designz studio.

The Shibaguyz’ award winning crochet, knit, and sewing designs have been featured in and on the covers of dozens of domestic and international publications. Together, the Shibaguyz team currently has over 300 published patterns and 11 books credited to their name since their first design was featured on a magazine cover in 2010. 

Their fashion and portrait photography work can be seen in four of their books. They are sought-after freelance book-packaging designers having created books for major publishing companies like Sterling Publishing, Leisure Arts, and Creative Publishing. The Shibaguyz have been teaching adults for 30+ years. Their enthusiasm, quirky sense of humor, and relatable teaching style have made them sought after teachers in both local and national venues like STITCHES Events, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and DFW Fiber Fest. They also have a wide range of online classes available from Blueprint and Interweave.

Shannon and Jason are proud ambassadors for Aurifil, Clover, BERNINA, Soak Wash, and the Daylight Company. They are working on a new book with C&T Publishing. Look for it in December 2020.

Shannon and Jason live in Seattle, Washington with their three Shiba Inu who, more or less, support their ventures in sewing, stitching, and crafting… so long as enough time is taken for walks and treats.

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