paper piecing

fourth block!

the thing about paper piecing that people ‘forget’ to mention is that if you make a mistake, you REALLY make a mistake. ripping tiny stitches off paper is not fun. especially after the fifth time you sew on the wrong line. but the results are so worth it. I’m by no means a precision cutter (or sewer!), but this block doesn’t give me away. just remember the printed side is the BACK of the block so you want to reverse things. I knew this going in, but something about the printed side hypnotizes you and makes you forget how you wanted to arrange the block.

fourth block!

the other thing they don’t say is that if you cut your fabric too small, you’ll definitely want to kill yourself. yes, I know I’m very dramatic. learn from my mistakes here, just cut things bigger thank you think. really. after you grab the dutchman’s puzzle, print four copies out and make sure it’s printed to the correct dimensions. chrome didn’t want to print it right, but firefox was perfect. then erase line 3 with some whiteout or something. you don’t want to see it or remember it was there. trust me.

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for piece 1 and 4 cut two rectangles that measure 4 x 6.5″ for 2,5, and 6 you want three pieces that measure 4 x 5″. you could probably go a little smaller, but just don’t. I rather end up with some scraps than rip. the other tip I can give you is to leave the paper on until the end. it’s so easy lining everything up when you sew on the seam line. just rip the paper covering the seams after sewing each unit.
so that’s four blocks down on my “80s quilt” with two more to go on this row. this is my favorite block so far, I love that blue “modern meadow” print and the pop of pink from “nicey jane”. I skipped the “official” fourth block because of some math issues, but I think I almost have it figured out. I just need to wait for my quiltalongers to catch up. in the meantime I’m going to try to get my hands on the original quilt to show you its green goodness.

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  • Diana March 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

    whoa, paper piecing sounds complicated! but also interesting how everything is mapped out.. I will have to try it at some point.

  • Oiyi March 23, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Ooohhh…this one is pretty!! I haven’t tried paper piecing yet.

  • grumperina March 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Another winner! Again, I think your choice of fabrics is impeccable.

  • Seanna Lea March 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I was wondering what you meant by line 3, clicked the link and voila. Yeah, I would have been super confused by line 3. Just too darn confusing!

  • yaiAnn March 23, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    you’re making this quilt-along too easy for us! =)

  • Amanda Elizabeth March 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I’m thinking I need to get my ass in gear & work on these tonight, your killing me with how amazing your blocks are turning out!!!!!

  • Laurie March 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Wow, beautiful work! I love the color contrast, too.

  • Lisa March 25, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Love the colors in this block. When I am doing a lot of paper piecing I find the light box to be very handy to trial fit my pieces. No light box – use the window on a sunny day