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.

Ugly Sweater Block Sewalong

Hi everyone! If you’ve come from Instagram, then you’ve seen this already. Today it’s my turn on the Ugly Sweater Block Sew-a-Long Kerry from KidGiddy is running.


Kerry created this adorable foundation paper pieced pattern, and it it such a fun sew! You can find the pattern in Kerry’s shop if you want to make your own. There are weekly prizes of gift certificates from different online fabric shops each week, and at the end of the sew along there is also a grand prize. Each day you post a picture of your sweater, you are entering for a chance to win the prize of the week. The more you post, the more chances you have to win!

Of course, I couldn’t just stop at one. Oh no, I had to make the whole zoo…






And once I’d made them all, well I had to turn them in to something didn’t I! Now, if you know me, you know I don’t do Christmas decorating. I had one decoration, and it was black, and had a swear word on it, that I broke. I couldn’t even rustle up some tinsel to make my photos more exciting! So this is as Christmassy as I ever get!


But, since I don’t do decorating, and I’m not even going to be home for Christmas, I’ve decided to give it away! Just leave me a comment below, and I’ll choose someone to send it to!


Thanks for stopping by!

 

EDIT – The competition is now closed, thanks everyone! Congrats to Kath!

Prismatic medallion inspired placemats

Hi all! Man I’m bad at this whole blogging thing. Seriously, where do the weeks go?! Looks like my once a week blogging schedule is more like once a month….let’s pretend that’s what I intended all along….

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Anywho, today I thought I’d revisit one of my favourite makes (that I’m yet to getting around to make for myself). If you follow me on Instagram  you’ve probably seen these before. I made these placemats for my sister…last year some time? They are based on the Robert Kaufman Prismatic Medallion quilt (pictured below on the wall from the lovely Annabel). I couldn’t be bothered with triangles and bias edges and all that faffing about, so I turned it into a foundation paper piecing pattern (I just drew it up on a piece of A3 paper and cut it out).

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I had a few requests for a pattern, and I’ve finally made one! Well, calling it a pattern is a bit of a stretch. It’s a tutorial. With some templates I’ve drawn up in Powerpoint, because I could not for the life of me figure out how to do it all fancy in Illustrator like the pros. And some very rudimentary directions below.

I’m assuming you already know how to foundation paper piece, but if you don’t, there are loads of tutorials out there. Craftsy has a good free one.

Print out the pattern here: PlacematPattern.pdf

The pattern makes one placemat, so if you want more you will have to print extra copies.

Paper piece each of the 8 sections. Once pieced, join:

  • A to B
  • C to D
  • E to F
  • G to H

Then join:

  • AB to CD
  • EF to GH

Then finally:

  • ABCD to EFGH

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I made mine with a mix of solids from my stash, and I backed them in a fun Hungry Caterpillar print (which I forgot to get a photo of) so they could be flipped when the kids are eating. Quilt and bind using your preferred method and enjoy!

As always, let me know if you have any questions!