|Let's start with all the parts - The Angelica Collection by Blank Quilting|
I don't like to guess with paper piecing. I figure out what size fabric patch to cut for sections, label them and line them up, just like in the photo above. Here is my step by step process for making a single block.
Let's begin with my pattern (as found in my book: Paper Piecing Perfect Points).
And the quilt . . .
|Hosannah Quilt from Paper Piecing Perfect Points|
We will be sewing on the side with the lines. The fabric is placed on the other, non-written side. To make it easier to place the patches, I like to use a postcard and quickly fold each line . . .
|All lines on the pattern have been creased for ease of fabric placement on the other side|
|This is the side the fabric patches are placed on|
|(Yes, this paper isn't folded. I'm not that great a photographer)|
|Patch #1 and Patch #2 sewn together|
|Finger press Patch 2|
WHY ARE WE TRIMMING? Can't we just add a blob of fabric and guess it's placement by holding everything up to the light? I HATE THAT METHOD!! And it doesn't work. I like precision, not primitive guessing. See what happens next . . .
|Use an Add a Quarter ruler to trim away excess fabric|
|We just trimmed Patch 2 on the left side. We have to trim it at the bottom also.|
|Clean edge with 1/4" seam allowance (which is 1/4" away from the line on the written side of pattern)|
|Large, oversized rectangle for Patch #3. Stitched from the written side of pattern|
|Patch #3 trimmed. Ready to add the white patches of #4 and #5|
|Notice the criss-crossing of the seams in the seam allowances|
Now I've added Patch #4 and Patch #5. And trimmed them, ready for their neighboring patches to be added.
|Addition of two more patches|
|All patches added. Can you see those awesome points?|
1. Add patch
3. Finger press open
4. Trim, leaving 1/4" seam allowance ready for placement of neighboring patch
5. Place patch
|Turn pattern over and trim away excess, leaving 1/4" seam all around|
|Finished block (with seam allowances). Lovely points, huh?|
|Cupid's Arrows using three Hosannah blocks|
Waterwheels pattern from Paper Piecing Perfect Points - click the link for a detailed tutorial
And here is another quilt using my Hosannah block. This is a new workshop with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. I had very enthusiastic class in Raleigh last weekend and everyone's blocks were just beautiful. I will be teaching this in Pittsburgh, PA, August 14. Then it is a regular class throughout the Fall and into the Spring in each of the 14 cities.
I have several quilts and pillows, etc made with these blocks in sizes ranging from 6" to 10". Once the patches are cut, you can sew without too much thinking. I'll show you some of those another time. For now, I'm going back to my sewing machine to make a few more samples for my upcoming classes.