3. Basting your fabric to the templates
My original thought was that this step was felt like sewing the fabric twice, but after some practice this goes so fast! And I understand now that this is really just to help the pieces keep their shape before you start to join them.
So fun to see a rowdy stack of fabric bits transform into a groomed stack of shapes waiting for assembly! This is when I can really begin to visualize how great it's going to be.
4. Sewing your pieces together
5. Admiring the precision of your joints and your completed work! And repeat.
Reasons Paper Piecing is So Cool!
- It's a great way to use scraps!
- It's portable -- and here is a look at the kit I carry with me. That is a leather-like envelope type pouch, with little scissors, a needle and piece of batting to hold it, and I use bobbins to carry a bit of my basting and sewing thread. Easy to throw it in whatever bag I am carrying.
- It gets a lot more natural and quick with a little practice. By the time I was through my first starlet I had stopped poking myself with the needle and my speed is way more than triple
- The accuracy of the seams and joint is really stunning to behold
- Finger pressing the folds (using the heat of your fingers as an iron) while basting is one of my favorite parts
Now, go to the Rose Star Block Party Flickr group and get yourself started!!
I'm going to share this with Quilt Story at Fabric Tuesday, From the Blue Chair for Slash the Stash, and other weekly parties on my sidebar too!