Thursday, 15 August 2013

Paper Piecing Diagonals: Using freezer paper templates

As promised, a little technique for making diagonals easier when paper piecing.   We've all had that moment when we have joined a piece of fabric to a diagonal seam on a paper piecing project only to open it out and find that it is too small despite using a massive piece of fabric!  A way round this is to make a quick freezer paper template of the pattern piece. This technique also works for adding specific sections of fabric/fussy cutting.  I think Cindy first suggested this method to me for which I am profoundly grateful!   To see how this works I am using Chic from the 'Get Your Geek On' pattern set, there are diagonals galore!
 As foundation paper piecing means that you work from the back of the finished block, it can get confusing where there are diagonal seams and you have to check each piece of fabric to make sure that when opened out that there is sufficient coverage.  So instead of cutting chunks of fabric in the hope they will fit, instead, trace the paper pattern roughly onto freezer paper.  Remember to transfer the letter and number labels from the pattern and straight grain line arrows help too.
Cut out freezer paper pieces, and iron to the reverese of the desired fabric, in this case a background print.  Leaving the freezer paper on the fabric, cut out leaving a 1/2" seam allowance all round.  This generous amount gives you a little wiggle room.
Place on to your foundation pattern and sew as you usually would, it helps to leave the freezer paper on to identify the pieces as you go.
You can see how the fabric for piece A3 is ample size and opens out to cover the area and the 1/4" seam allowance with a little extra left over.
 This technique saves time overall as you shouldn't need to unpick and pieces because they are too small and to be honest I do this every time with diagonals- even if it is just making a quick freezer paper template for a single piece.  I hope that helps!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Get Your Geek On

Geekiness: a subject close to our hearts and yours I am guessing so it seemed the perfect theme for a new pattern set.  We are both glasses wearers- Penny full time, Kerry part-time and they are a key geek association so we present to you, 'Get Your Geek On'.
Inspired by international rock stars, international quilting stars (Ms Heather Bostic) and Kerry's mum's 1960s wardrobe-we like to search far and wide for our inspiration!  You can find our new pattern in our shop, on Craftsy and on Etsy.  And for this week only- the price is $5 instead of $6.50 for any of you Fat Quarterly subscribers who already have the Retro Sunnies pattern that was released there first.
Blog post is coming up this week with hints cutting fabric for diagonals when paper piecing, meanwhile, 'Get Your Geek On!'

Friday, 9 August 2013

New pattern set is a-coming

Penny and I are just putting the final tweaks on a new pattern set which we hope to release on Monday, meanwhile, a little timely reminder of an old pattern set: Back to School
Find it in our shop, on Craftsy and on Etsy and you can read the original post here with a pencil case tutorial link too.


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