by Gwyned Trefethen
64"H x 48" W
- Getting the fabric scraps the right size;
- Orienting the scraps correctly so there is sufficient seam allowance;
- Avoiding fabrics with obvious direction; and
- Removing all those scraps of paper after everything has been seamed together.
- The precision;
- The ability to piece together atypical angles;
- It suits my hyper organized personality; and
- The precision.
I am currently working on quilt that has four paper pieced blocks and I am making each of them five times. When I make multiple blocks that are all colored and pieced the same way I piece them simultaneously. In other words I seam piece 1 and piece 2 together for Block A five times. By repeating what I have just sewn I avoid forgetting how to do it.
Freezer Paper Tracing Layered on Top of Paper Piecing Foundation
Freezer Paper Templates Laid Out and Ironed to the WRONG Side of Fabric
Since I am making five of these blocks I save time by layering five pieces of the blue background fabric, laying out all the freezer paper templates that are to be used to cut pieces from the blue background fabric on the top layer and then adhering the freezer paper templates to the top layer by ironing them place. It is VERY IMPORTANT to be sure that when you lay out the freezer paper templates you leave sufficient room for the seam allowance between adjacent pieces. My rule of thumb is leave between 3/4" - 1" channel between pieces. ALSO the freezer paper is ironed to the WRONG SIDE of the fabric.
The advantages of cutting your fabric in advance this way is that helps insure that there will be sufficient fabric for each piece. Pieces are such odd shapes in paper piecing compared to traditional piecing that it is easy to short change yourself.
Cut the Pieces Apart
Be Sure to Leave a Generous Seam Allowance
Piles of Cut Fabric Organized by Segment and Order Sewn
Alignment of Piece 1 and Piece 2
N.B. The Registration Snips!
Align Index Card with Seam Line
I am not sure where I picked up this trick, perhaps Carol Doak, but I find it helpful to fold my paper foundation over an index card versus just folding it at the next seam line. Then I trim that seam allowance to 1/4". However, when I am paper piecing itty bitty pieces I use 1/8" as my seam allowance.
Ruler Alignment Used to Create 1/4" Seam Allowance