Skills and Techniques

Basic Paper Piecing

I am writing a step-by-step to paper piecing for one of my quilt guilds and thought I’d share it with all of you as well!

In this sample, I used Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper. This paper is thinner and easier to tear away after the blocks are joined. Regular copy paper can easily be used as well. In either case I use a 1.6 length stitch (in other words, very small straight stitch).

When starting a paper pieced block, measure each piece and add 1″ to the length and width. This will be the size you will cut each piece. Be sure to label them!

The pattern you choose should have each piece labeled. This tells us which order to sew the pieces in.

The basic concept is to place the pieces of fabric with the wrong side of the fabric facing the wrong side of the paper and that each piece of fabric will cover it’s coordinating place on the paper with at least 1/4″ seam allowance extending past it’s line. In other words, the lines on the sheet are the sewing lines. The seam allowance needs to be added.

1. Take your first piece of fabric and cover the outline of A1. I use stick glue to adhere the fabric piece in place.
Place piece A2 on top of piece A1 with right sides facing each other. Make sure that when these pieces are stitched on the line, A2 will cover it’s spot when folded to right side up.
2. Stitch on the line between A1 & A2. Start at one end of the line and sew to the end of the line. Do not sew past or before the line.
3. Fold paper on line that was sewn and cut to 1/4″ from the fold (which is that seam allowance), and press A2 to lay on it’s spot.

4. Fold A2 back in it’s place and press seam. I like to put a dab of glue in the spot again to hold it in place.
5. Fold the paper pattern on the A2/A3 line and trim fabric to 1/4″ from the fold.
6. Lay A3 fabric piece, right sides together (on A2 piece) on the wrong side of the paper pattern. Line up the edge to be sewn, and stitch on the A2/A3 line.
7. Continue doing steps 5-6 until all the pieces are sewn onto the paper.
8. When all the blocks are complete, cut on the dotted line of the block which will leave 1/4″ seam allowance so the blocks can be sewn together WITHOUT REMOVING FABRIC at this point.

When all the blocks are sewn together then you can remove the paper. This is a great task for a TV night!!

Thank you for reading my blog! Please tell me how you liked it, and please share with your quilting friends!

Have a wonderful Day!

Pam

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Starting 2020 with New Adventures!

As 2019 ends and 2020 begins, I can’t help but reflect on the past and make plans for the future. I have been blessed this year to have several teaching occasions to share my quilting journey and knowledge with eager fellow quilters! Met some wonderful people and made new friends in this wonderful quilting world.

I look forward to making more competition quilts this year and currently have 2-3 in mind (we will see how many I can complete by the end of 2020). Entering them into AQS shows, International Quilt Show in Huston, as well as Quilt Consortium of New York State.

I will also be continuing to teach wherever I can. I will be updating my event calendar soon so you will all know what’s happening.

Also, I have started a new adventure that I expect to take a few years to accomplish. I am beginning to study to become an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. I have already started to read books that will increase my knowledge of fabrics, history, patterns, etc. In April, I will hopefully be able to attend the appraiser class at AQS Paducah for more knowledge of the “steps” I need to do to accomplish this certification.

My collection is 132 books on quilting, sewing, crafts,running a creative business, and fine art!

In preparation for a bunch of books being added to my current library, I am organizing all of my books. Here’s how I am doing this: I used Numbers in my iPad to start my spreadsheet.

There are a few general subjects in my collection: Quilting, General Sewing and Crafts, Craft Business, and Miscellaneous. (Column #1)

List sub categories: (ie: Under Quilting would be History, Free Motion, Techniques, Patterns, etc.) (Column #2)

Column #3 would list the title of the books

Column #4 lists the author(s)

Column #5 lists a brief description of the book

Column #6 has a note if it is borrowed from someone

Column #7 lists if the book was loaned out and to whom

I will definitely keep all of you posted on this journey!

May you have a very blessed and happy New Year!

Thank you for reading my blogs!

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Keep on Quilting!

 

Still working on Inclusion! It’s taking more time than I thought, but I am determined to make the October 18th deadline.
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I was going to put different ethnic houses on top of the earth, however, it was going to look too busy.  It was too empty without anything above the earth, so I decided to paint a saying. (I’ll reveal the saying on the finished photo post next week.)

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Found the above brick fabric in my stash and became the perfect fabric backing for this quilt!

Now I’m quilting it.  I remember someone saying to me that the ribbon winning quilts seam to have a lot of dense quilting.  With that in mind I’ve been densely quilting!

 

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It will be finished soon, and then I’ll be able to show you the completed piece!  Then we start praying that it will be juries into the AQS shows.

Thank you for reading my blog!

Pam

Hand sewing

Learned a calming technique!

I babysitting a 3year old and 1year old child.  When the 1year old is napping, the 3year old and I do something together like cook, baking, and now sewing.

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I am basically hand sewing placements and realizing that hand sewing slows my breath, and relaxes all of my muscles especially when I have piano music playing (like The Piano Guys).

I seem to go into a sort of zen mode.

Try it sometime and tell me if you find the same results!!