Vintage Midnight Sun in Today's Fabrics
|Antique Midnight Sun Quilt - 70" x 85"|
|Seeing Red - 38" x 38", Block Size: 15"|
|Yes, you can have blocks with VERY SHARP POINTS!|
Here's my process, so you can see how easy - and PRECISE - foundation piecing can be. I shared these steps in 2013 and figured it would be nice to see the process again. And the finished quilt!
|Select 3 fabrics; cut the rectangles for paper piecing|
|Sew on the line, following the numbering sequence. Ready to trim.|
|Notice how the lines criss-cross IN THE seams. That secures the points so they don't "unsew" when removing paper|
|Look how many I've made! Aren't they beautiful? Sharp points!|
|Four units ready to be stitched together. Yes, there's a hole in the center. I'm not done!|
I love showing the back side (not mine; shame on you! the back side of the block!) Notice a few things:
- Because of my method of trimming a patch, leaving 1/4" seam allowance BEFORE adding the next patch, it really looks like I've used templates. But you KNOW I didn't.
- I pressed the four joining seams open; reduces the bulk.
- It's OK to leave in the little snippets of my paper. It is pulp and won't hurt anything and will dissolve should the items be washed.
- I covered up the center hole with a self-faced (non-fusible interfacing) circle and then machine appliquéd it on using a tiny zig-zag stitch and mono-filament thread.
|Back side of the block so far|
|Front side of Midnight Sun block|
Here is the full block. Same size as "Seeing Red", but now wearing different colors.
|I actually reverse appliqued the outside background piece to the center - not this way in the book!|
I made enough paper pieced units for 3 more blocks. Had to dig through my stash for a substitute fabric for the outside floral print. Found something. These are 15" finished blocks so my new center of 9 blocks is going to be awesome!
Fast forward 6 years to 2019 and I decided that I would never put these together and so gave them to my local quilt guild to finish. They sewed them block to block and my friend Jeannie C. quilted it; I put the binding on. This went to our charity endeavors.
|Updated Midnight Sun: 45" x 45"|
I sell my book, Paper Piecing Perfect Points, as a 92 page digital pdf on a CD. It's exactly as it appears in print (since I wrote all the directions, designed all the art and templates and foundations, made all the quilts, etc). You can purchase it from me for $15 and $3 postage. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how to do that (PayPal is best).
Take a visit to my Etsy shop to see several more quilts made using foundation paper piecing.