I’m all caught up with Randy’s Sow-Along blocks! One more added to my Jubilee wall!
After fighting with the
Misery Missouri Star the day before, I looked at this block a bit differently and settled in for an hour or so of mindless paper-piecing. It was THAT kind of night!
And yes, I did turn on the Quilt Cam only to discover part the way through that if I am restarting after the laptop being in hibernation mode, that sound doesn’t like to work. SO I had to reboot the old laptop and get it started again, but then it worked!
What encouraged me most was the comments that people were learning hints that helped them in their own paper piecing, and that’s what this is all about! I’m not saying I know the “ONLY” or the “BEST” way to do anything, but if the way I do things helps you where you’ve been stuck before, then it’s a win!
Last night’s win comment was how I align my pieces. I put the piece I am adding ON to the unit right-side-up on the table top. And my block goes down on top of it with right-sides-together. I watch the seam line to be sure it is an approximate 1/4” down from the top edge of the fabric I’m placing it to.
And see? This is why Quilt Cam is valuable….wouldn’t you rather SEE it being done than try to figure out what my words above mean?
So this is what I got up to!
I printed my block out of EQ in 6” finished size.
I don’t bother printing units with seam allowance. I simply cut the block apart into workable sections and will ADD seam allowance when I go to trim my units. The center unit I worked from the center out ---the side bars went quickly because I was sewing edge to edge across each piece, it made it easy to chain piece those. I trimmed them up by placing the 1/4” line of my ruler on the outside line of each section, and removed my paper. Once the sections are sewn, there is no reason to have the paper still in there, the sections are joined just like regular patchwork.
Randy called this one Boxes & Baskets, but it is also known by other names.
Double X, Ladies Art Circle
Wild Ducks, Needlecraft Supply 1938
And here are things how they appear PINNED to my design wall. It’s still fan weather here in North Carolina, and I’m not risking any wayward fan blowing the blocks off my wall again!
I’m looking forward to the next batch of blocks!