A Piece of Cake Book Tour

I have known Peta from She Quilts a Lot for a few years now, and when she told me she was writing a book, I was thrilled for her. So I am very happy to be taking part in the blog tour to help celebrate the release!

A Piece of Cake – Sweet & Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares is Peta’s debut book, and I’m sure it will be the first of many. The book has 14 new patterns, including quilts, mini quilts, cushions, and table runners, and all of them can be made with layer cake (10”) squares.

The release coincided nicely with my Mum asking for a new quilt in aqua/turquoise, and I knew I wanted to make something from the book for her. I have to admit, I skipped past this quilt when I first glanced at it, as the fabrics aren’t really me, and I thought it looked a bit…’traditional’ (*ducks*). But then I realised that it is just HSTs (half square triangles), and I knew it was perfect.

This is Delight, and I am absolutely, well, delighted with it. Peta’s patterns are always well written, with excellent directions and diagrams to walk you through construction, and the book is no exception.

I didn’t actually use a layer cake for this one, I just cut 10” squares from the aqua shelf of my stash, and tried to make sure I had enough contrast for the pattern to really pop.

The quilt came together beautifully, and because Peta has written the pressing directions so that every seam nests, it’s the flattest and squarest quilt I’ve ever made, and (almost) all of my points match. (I can’t stress it enough – when a pattern designer tells you which direction to press things, it’s for a reason, and it took time to figure out what works best for the pattern, so I highly recommend following their instructions!)

I’ve backed it with a flannel sheet (my current favourite thing for quilt backing), and quilted it simply to keep it nice and soft.

Side note – Peta ever so politely suggested that my photos are….less than excellent (she is right), and kindly offered (*cough* insisted) to come and take some for me, which is why these are much better than usual!

The book has plenty of projects to suit all skill levels, is beautifully presented, and I will definitely be making more from it. In fact, I have two more Delight quilts in progress!

To see more projects from the book, check out the #apieceofcakebook tag on Instagram, and visit the quilters below to see their projects on the blog tour!

14 Aug Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane

15 Aug Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon

16 Aug Samantha – Aqua Paisley Studio

17 Aug Andy – A Bright Corner

18 Aug Kirsty – Bonjour Quilts

19 Aug Lisa – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

20 Aug Alison – Cotton Factory

21 Aug Carrie – Moda Fabrics

22 Aug Nadra – Ellis and Higgs

23 Aug Angie – Gnome Angel

24 Aug Tara – Tara Sews (That’s me!)

25 Aug Jules – The Creative Retreat

26 Aug Kristyne – Pretty by Hand

27 Aug Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop

28 Aug Lissa – Moda Lissa

29 Aug Amy – Diary of a Quilter

30 Aug Kerry – Kid Giddy & Cat – Hello from Cat on Instagram

31 Aug Jane – Modern Makers Retreat

1 Sept Kate – Never Enough Hours

2 Sept Jodie – Vintage Ric Rac

3 Sept Sharon – Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)

4 Sept Amanda – Material Girl Quilts

5 Sept Amber – A Little Bit Biased

6 Sept Xanthe – Wife Made

7 Sept Rachel – Family Ever After

8 Sept Jenny – Martingale

9 Sept Amy – Nana Company

10 Sept Peta – She Quilts A Lot

 

Tara (and Cat’s) no-faff odd-angle foundation paper piecing tutorial

Hi all!

I wanted to show you all a quick and easy way to deal with those weird odd angles that you sometimes get when you’re foundation paper piecing (hereafter referred to as just paper piecing, but not to be confused with English paper piecing).

There are lots of tutorials out there, and this is not necessarily the right way to do it, but it works for me (and after telling Cat my revolutionary discovery, it turns out she does it this way as well, so I’m sure we’re not the only ones!)

This is not a tutorial for paper piecing, there are lots out there that explain it far better than I ever could. Craftsy has a good one, but it was the one from Juliet at Tartan Kiwi that made everything click for me.

This is just the way I deal with those funny angles that you don’t want to cut a huge piece for, or for when you want a section fussy cut a certain way. You don’t need to worry about lining up folds, or trimming seam allowances first, or even making freezer paper templates.

(Note, when I talk about right and wrong sides, I’m taking the side of paper that has the lines printed on it as the right side, and the blank side as the wrong side.)

I’ve sewn the first two pieces (G1 & G2), and piece G3 is a much bigger piece, kind of an odd shape, with a shortish but sharp angle. All you need to do to make sure you get it in exactly the right spot is line it up on the wrong side of the paper, with the wrong side of the fabric towards the wrong side of the paper, and then on the right (printed) side of the paper, pin exactly on the line that you are going to sew on.

 

 

 

 

Then flip your piece over, and fold the fabric back over itself, using the pins on the sewing line as the fold line, and pin it to another part of the paper (making sure not to catch the seam allowance, as you need to unfold this next).

Once you’ve done this, take the pins out of the sewing line, unfold the fabric, and because you’ve pinned it place it will be in exactly the right spot for sewing, without needing to line up the fold, as the fabric hasn’t moved.

Then flip over, sew along the line, and trim the seam allowance as usual.

I actually end up using this method for most of my paper piecing now, it saves a lot of waste, and it’s great for lining things up perfectly. And I think, based on the photo below, you could even use this technique to pattern match (I didn’t but I reckon I could have lined up those little constellations and it would be bang on.) Let me know if you try it!

I hope that was useful, and that I’ve explained it adequately! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.