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.
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.
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 quilt–alongers 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.