July 24, 2010

Piece by Piece

I don't even pretend to know all that much about paper piecing.  I rarely use the technique even though I like the effect.  What I have found helpful piecing in this fashion is printing the full pattern on freezer paper and cutting it up as templates.  I print the "sewing" patterns on the back of junk mail - waste not, want not!
My favorite freezer paper is made by C. Jenkins Company - it's very sturdy and can be used over and over.  (In the long run, it's a real time saver.  I cut a generous 1/2" seam allowance around the template pieces.)
I put pins through the stitching line on the "sewing" side of the paper
The pattern template is pressed (dry hot iron) to the wrong side of the fabric - the fabric piece can easily be positioned for stitching.  (I remove the template before sewing.)  
The pins also keep the fabric in place.  I don't know about you, but my fabric has slipped out of place when flipping the piece over - I HATE unsewing!! - using pins, I have had no problems with slippage.
A tool I find useful is a wood folder - it give a really good crease to the paper which will make removing the paper later much easier.
finished block cut to size and ready to go!

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Jennifer said...

Neat block ... whatcha makin' with it?

Pam Kellogg said...

That is a lovely block! I've never had the patience for paper piecing. I piece my blocks randomly. What I end up with, is what I work with!

Love your "waste not want not" comment!! Mom and I always say that!

Maggie said...

Oh that's just beautiful!!!!!

Marydon said...

This is a GORGEOUS! block.

Have a lovely PINK weekend ~
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Those fabrics are beautiful.

Chatty Crone said...

You are right - it is Sheila. You live in Florida too like she does.

So tell me - you are in FLorida, but like Chicago. Are you from Chicago?

I live in Georgia, but am from Chicago.

Thanks for coming over and leaving a commment.


Holly said...

Such talent you have! I am enjoying lookint at your creations. I love what you did with the picture of your granddaughter too!
Happy Pink Saturday to you