I love paper piecing and have been doing a lot lately. Previously, I blogged about some useful tips and lessons learned when paper-piecing. I have another tip, for those awkward angles.
You know those angles that the fabric starts off not in line with the shape you want to cover, at all. The one you can just cut a really big piece of fabric to make sure it folds over and covers the whole piece.
What about trying these few steps to make it easier.
1. Place fabric covering the shape you are piecing. In the photo I have the fabric, right side facing down and the paper template facing up.
2. Fold the template and fabric carefully, along the line of the paper template that you will be stitching on. Press with an iron.
3. You will now have a crease in your fabric.
4. Use that crease to line up your fabric with the template, readying it to stitch along the line. Note the fabric in the picture is now right side facing up, and is positioned in that awkward position. Hold in place (you can use pins or glue). Stitch along the template line.
5. Trim excess (allowing for a 1/4″), fold over the fabric and press along the stitched line.
6. This is how my block finished up.
Let me know if you have any questions, or any trouble when trying it out. Linking up with Stephenie @Late Night Quilter for Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays.
I have managed to get back to my “It takes a Village” quilt. It has in total Forty-four (44) 4″ triangles. I had previously posted two of the quilting designs I was using for my triangles. Again, using my walking foot, here is the third…
I love the simplicity of this design, where you can see the equilateral triangles and then the intersecting lines to form a diamond. I did do some initial marking for this block. I marked the 2” center line, and on the two sides I marked the 2″ height mark for the intersecting lines. These marks are used as rough guides to evenly separate the sections.
Here are the quilted lines for this block; their directions, start and end points:
Last week, I posted the tutorial for Trapped which was featured on Sew Mama Sew.
This was the first of a series, I am calling “Houdini”. The other block is Escaped. Here is the tutorial for the second block.
Fabric A: (Kona Red, A)
- 1 4” x 6.5” rectangle (extra inches included)
Fabric B: (Kona White, B)
Fabric C: (Kona Black, C)
- 1 6.5” x 17.5” rectangle (extra inches included)
- 1 5” x 9.5” rectangle
- 1 5” x 7.5” rectangle
- 1 7” x 17.5” rectangle
Batting: 17.5” square
Muslin: 17.5” square
Frame: 18” square frame
Escaped Block Assembly (Finished Size 17”)
Always use a ¼” seam allowance while piecing.
- Take Fabric A (red, A1), measure from the bottom right corner place your ruler at this mark, at the top have your ruler move in ¼” (as shown in picture above) and cut.
- Place your ruler along the outer edge of A1, and measure 3” and cut the same parallel outer angle.
- Use the 6.5” x 17.5” strip of fabric C, and cut a piece 6.5” x 9.5“. This will be for piece A3. Overlap A1 outer edge (minimal overlap) and the right edge of A3, lining up the bottom and top edges. Both pieces should be right sides facing up. Using A1 edge as the template, line your ruler up along the fabric edge and cut the below black fabric. This is now the inner angle/edge
- Sew A3 to A1. Press the seam.
- With the remaining fabric (6.5” x 8.5”), this will be A2. Overlap A1 outer edge (minimal overlap) and the left edge of A2, lining up the bottom and top edges. Both pieces should be right sides facing up. Using A1 edge as the template, line your ruler up along the fabric edge and cut the below black fabric. This is now the inner angle/edge.
- Sew A2 to A1–>A3 piece. Press the seam. Now the bottom 1/3 of the block is complete. Trim if need be, the bottom ½ should measure 6.5” x 17.5”.
- Sew the 7” x 17.5” rectangle to the bottom 1/3. Press the seam. A1–>A2–>A3–>C1
- Next step sew B2–>B1–> B3
- Sew this last piece to the other 2/3 of the block, to complete the block.
- Create a quilt sandwich using your completed top, your batting and the muslin for the backing fabric. Baste using your preferred method.
- Choose how you would like to quilt your block. I used straight line quilting techniques, and having those lines get denser as they closed in to the red and white boxes. Trim your block to 17” square.
- Once quilting is complete, it is ready to be framed. I used a 18” square frame, with a mount board of ~2” wide.