The worst parts of pp, for me have always been cutting the pieces of fabric big enough to cover the section I'm working on, (read waste), and then, not so much the tearing off of the paper, because that is kind of satisfying in a way, much like popping the bubbles on bubblewrap, but picking out all the little bits trapped in the stitches.😣
Draft the paper-piecing template.1. To get the paper-piecing template you see above, first draw a 3" square, leaving room to add seam allowances. Put your pencil at the opposing corner to the one where my 'mmm! quilts' watermark is and draw a line that ends on the halfway point of the opposite side, so, in this case, at 1.5", of the bottom side of the square. Put your pencil back on that starting corner point and draw a second line that ends at the 1.5" mark of the side of the square perpendicular to the one on which you first ended. Label this inside centre triangle, '1'. Label each side triangle as I have, 2a and 2b.
2. Now add 1/4" seam allowances (I like to make a dotted line) around all four edges of the square. Cut out on the dotted line. Last step that will help for later: fold along the straight lines you drew to form the inside triangles.
Make templates for sections 1 and 2a/b1. I find this really cuts down on wasting fabric when paper-piecing. Trace the leaf point shape #1 from the template you just made. Now add 1/4" seam allowances all around. Here is a tip I learned whilst taking a Kaleidoscopes class.
Cut your leaf point fabric and then see below for how to cut two pairs of side triangles! First you will need to cut two 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" rectangles and ensure they are stacked wrong sides together. Now lie your fabric template 2a so the seam allowances rest on the raw edges. You will find the rectangle slightly big, which is fine as that way we can trim the unit to a perfect square later. You will notice that you have an upside-down side triangle formed that, when you cut along the diagonal, and flip it around, matches exactly the 2a template. It's like a 2 for 1 deal!
Sewing1. Place the leaf point fabric wrong side against the underside of the paper, ensuring 1/4" of fabric extends beyond the stitching lines. Press lightly if using freezer paper, so the paper adheres to your fabric. If using graph paper, as I am, apply a very small swipe of a gluestick on the paper and then press the fabric against it.
|Hold it up to a light source to double-check you're covered.|
The rest of the leaves are regular piecing. Of course, you really can avoid the paper totally if you want to simply use the templates you make as I showed you here.
Paper. vs Templates.
Press to the dark side. vs Press open.
All methods/beliefs are welcome in this QAL. 😍💙🌈
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