Typecast: English Paper Piecing Alphabet


Sheri of Whole Circle Studio designed a first: a complete English Paper Pieced alphabet! To celebrate and spread the word, she asked as many makers as there are letters in the alphabet to participate and make projects using one letter. I chose “C” because my last name is Curtis.


When I paper piece, I baste using Sew Line glue pens and sew using Superior Threads Bottom Line and Tulip Milliner Needles. The fabric I chose is a really special fat quarter bundle I got from Karen Lewis Textiles’ shop - she periodically screen prints onto Kona Cottons and sells small amounts. The Bobbin print and the peaches and pinks were irresistible to me! I’ve been studying my color wheel and chose a gorgeous blue from the opposite side of all those warm colors and I think the combination is a really happy one.


The finished block is about 9.5 x 6 and looked like it could make a great case. I decided to make the Oh Zipped Case by Oh How Sweet Co. I’ve seen so many of these and the size and shape seemed great for English Paper Piecing on the go.

The tutorial from Oh How Sweet Co is free, easy to follow, and extremely well written. I quilted the sandwich of exterior, Bosal foam interfacing, and lining fabric before sewing the case together. That’s how I would do it again in the future. It looks really cool and the parts come together a bit easier I think when the main panel is quilted. (Also, Bosal foam is great to work with!) After machine sewing the binding around the edges, I trimmed the seam allowance before folding it over and hand stitching as instructed, and that helped a ton! Before I trimmed, I couldn’t wrap the binding all the way around enough to cover the machine stitching on the right side. I would trim again in lieu of making the binding wider.


I’m stoked with how this turned out! It’s a great case with lots of pockets and even little straps for thread spools or a glue basting pen. One thing I’ll be adding is a piece of felt to the outside of one of the pockets to serve as a needle landing, which is a really easy modification to make.


Interested in making your own Typecast letters? Paper pieces, acrylic templates and hardcopies of the pattern guide are available at https://www.paperpieces.com/ , pdf of the pattern guide will be available at: https://shop.wholecirclestudio.com/, and everything is also available wholesale for shops, so ask your local quilt shop to order it for you!

Check out the other letters of the alphabet and the makers who stitched them up here:

Typecast of Characters Online Tour:

Wed 03.27.19 — Sheri: Typecast of Characters Tour Introduction | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 04.01.19 — A: Kate Brennan | auribuzz.wordpress.com
Tues 04.02.19 — B: Mathew Bourdreaux | misterdomestic.net
Wed 04.03.19 — C: Tara Curtis | weftyneedle.com
Thurs 04.04.19 — D: Leah Day | freemotionproject.com
Fri., 04.05.19 — Sheri weekly feature: A-D blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 04.08.19 — E: Jess Finn | paperpieces.com/blog
Tues 04.09.19 — F: Sylvia Schaefer | flyingparrotquilts.com
Wed 04.10.19 — G: Giuseppe Ribaudo | instagram.com/giucy_giuce/
Thurs 04.11.19 — H: Hilary Jordan | byhilaryjordan.com
Fri., 04.12.19 — Sheri weekly feature: E-H | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 04.15.19 — I: Kim Soper | lelandavestudios.com
Tues 04.16.19 — J: Yvonne Fuchs | quiltingjetgirl.com
Wed 04.17.19 — K: Karen O'Conner | ladykquiltsdesigns.com
Thurs 04.18.19 — L: Kristy Daum | stlouisfolkvictorian.com
Fri., 04.19.19 — Sheri weekly feature: I-L | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 04.22.19 — M: Molli Sparkles | mollisparkles.com
Tues 04.23.19 — N: Nicole Daksiewicz | modernhandcraft.com
Wed 04.24.19 — O: Scott Hansen | bluenickelstudios.com
Thurs 04.25.19 — P: Pat Sloan | blog.patsloan.com
Fri., 04.26.19 — Sheri weekly feature: M-P | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 04.29.19 — Q: Joanna Marsh | kustomkwilter.com
Mon 04.29.19 — Q: Lindsay Széchényi | instagram.com/patchworkthreads
Tues 04.30.19 — R: Andrea Tsang Jackson | 3rdstoryworkshop.com
Wed 05.01.19— S: Sarah Thomas | sariditty.com
Thurs 05.02.19 — T: Rachel Rossi | rachelrossi.design/blog
Fri., 05.03.19 — Sheri weekly feature: Q-T | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 05.06.19 — U: Kitty Wilkin | nightquilter.com
Tues 05.07.19 — V: Jenn McMillan | fabricink.ca
Wed 05.08.19 — W: Jennie Meeker | bobbinroulettestudio.com
Thurs 05.09.19 — X: Stephanie Kendron | modernsewciety.com
Fri., 05.10.19 — Sheri weekly feature: U-X | blog.wholecirclestudio.com
Mon 05.13.19 — Y: Debby Brown | higheredhands.blogspot.com
Tues 05.14.19 — Z: Nisha Bouri and Kim Martucci | brimfieldawakening.com
Wed., 05.15.19 — Sheri Tour wrap up! | blog.wholecirclestudio.com


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