Classes with Nancy Adamek

Classes with Nancy Adamek

Nancy has been a keen Quilter for over 20 years, specialising in English Paper Piecing.

Nancy’s passion for quilting was passed on to her by my mother Lillian Adamek. Lillian was a completely self-taught Quilter who founded the first local quilt group in Hamm (Germany). Lillian went on to teach quilt classes at the adult education centre and organised annual quilt shows for many years. Lillian actually got Nancy into quilting by refusing to make her a quilt! According to Nancy, “I was very cross with her initially, I am eternally grateful to her stubbornness today. Once I started sewing my first quilt I never looked back: What a wonderful hobby!”

Nancy and her mum always dreamed of having their own quilting business together. Sadly Nancy’s mother passed away in 2006 before they had the opportunity to launch their business together. But her legacy lives on in Lina Patchwork Ltd. (the Li of Lillian and the Na from Nancy) founded in August 2013 by Nancy and based in Deal, Kent (UK).

Nancy loves English Paper Piecing so much that she made ready-cut patchwork paper shapes a focus of her business. These high quality, pre-cut paper pieces are accurately die-cut, here in the UK, which means that not only will your patchwork be that much more accurate, but you can start sewing straight away and use them over and over again.

Nancy believes that English Paper Piecing is enjoying a huge revival because it’s so portable, because you are able to use up scraps or small pieces of fabric, and because it gives you more time to enjoy sewing.

If you’ve never tried English Paper Piecing, now is the time to start.

Signature Technique:

English Paper Piecing

Nancy’s Top Tips:

- Always turn and fold fabric over in the same direction. This way tails on points will always point the same way.
- If hand stitching is difficult, use a glue pen to attach fabric to paper.
- Cut a little more than 1/4” around a pattern; it makes it more convenient when you fold it over.
- Invest in good quality tools – from scissors to paper (of course)

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Classes with Nancy Adamek
  • Finishing Your English Paper Pieced Quilt with Nancy Adamek

    Lots of lovely hexagons sewn together, sometimes in strips and sometimes in rosettes and then what? How do you finish the project? What do you do about the borders?
    Lots of questions, but in this workshop Nancy gets to give you the answers. Her personal preference is to add a nice border and she ...

  • Meet Nancy Adamek from Lina Patchwork

    This is what Nancy says about herself:

    ‘I have been a keen Quilter for the last 20 years and had my passion for quilting passed on to me by my mother Lillian Adamek. Lillian was a completely self-taught Quilter who founded the first local quilt group in Hamm (Germany) when I was a teenager in th...

  • Meet Nancy Adamek of Lina Patchwork

    Nancy loves English Paper Piecing so much that she started a business providing ready-cut patchwork paper shapes. These are accurately die-cut in the UK, which means that not only will your patchwork be that much more accurate but you can start sewing straight away! The papers are reusable.

  • English Paper Piecing Corner Catching Technique with Nancy Adamek

    In this workshop Nancy shows you a great idea when using mini hexagons. You no longer have to tack through the papers. Instead you can just catch the corners. Nancy in fact is using 1/2″ hexagons to create the lovely butterfly that is on the thumbnail.
    Not only is this faster, but you can also le...

  • Diamond English Paper Piecing with Nancy Adamek

    Passionate about English Paper Piecing, Nancy guides you through the various angles of the diamond.
    No need to panic about maths though, Nancy supplies the accurate di-cut papers that you need. Don’t forget that you can take some of the papers out as you are working, so you don’t have to buy enou...

  • Removing English Paper Piecing Papers from Nancy Adamek

    Nancy just loves English Paper Piecing and wants you to do the same. This is a really simple tip that we have extracted from a longer workshop called Diamond English Paper Piecing.

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  • Lone Star Diamond English Paper Piecing Workshop with Nancy Adamek

    Nancy shows you how to create this lovely star quilt using diamond papers; the 6 pointed star uses 60 degree papers and of course if you wanted to have an 8 pointed star then you would need 45 degree papers – but method of sewing the colours into strips would remain the same.
    Nancy also talks abo...

  • City Lights 3D English Paper Piecing Patchwork with Nancy Adamek

    The Inner City block is created by having light or medium and dark tonal values in your fabrics. And they don't have to be plain to do this.  Nancy guides you through how to make this 3D block using half-hexagons and English Paper Piecing.

    Nancy has some great tips on how to cut these shapes f...

  • Tudor Rose Table Runner: Part 3 Finishing your Project with Nancy Adamek

    We are in the final stages of making this English Paper pieced table runner.
    Your last pieces
    In this section you get to add 45 degree diamonds that join the blocks together. You'll also some kites that join the blocks and then you need to applique the whole table runner onto the background fab...

  • Tudor Rose Table Runner Part 2 Curved Pieces with Nancy Adamek

    Nancy talks you through cutting out the fabric from strips. Jelly rolls would work well if you aren't working with Fat 1/4's. She focusses on using a slightly larger seam allowance than the traditional 1/4 inch as this is more helpful on curves.

    She also talks you through the type of needle sh...

  • Tudor Rose Table Runner - Part 1 - with Nancy Adamek

    Nancy has designed this lovely table runner to be created with four blocks. The blocks contain some lovely new English paper piecing shapes. In this part of her workshop she takes the 45 degree jewel and sews it  around an octagon to create the star.

    Nancy takes you through the type of fabric ...

  • Tudor Rose Table Runner Project with Nancy Adamek

    Enjoy learning about this lovely new EPP table runner project from Nancy Adamek - the queen of English Paper Piecing. Nancy will be sharing the 'how to make one yourself' with us over a series of workshops.

    The table runner uses a variety of shapes, which include the octagon, the jewel, drunka...

  • Robin Christmas Decoration with Nancy Adamek

    The decoration comes as a complete kit, which means papers, fabrics, and embellishments.

    Nancy guides you through all the stages of making this delightful little bird. She starts with simple cutting out and tacking over the papers using contrasting thread. Then she moves on to how using a 3/8"...