I have a big run of “secret sewing” projects lined up through the end of June, and that is really unusual for me. Typically I have a project I need to keep secret every so often, but this is a rather long list. Thankfully I get to share one with you tomorrow, and in early June and then as June rolls into July I will have lots of fun things to tell you about. I can give a bit of a tease on a swap item I am working on today, though.
The challenge with this swap is to use V and Co Ombre Fabric. I realized that having fabric and deciding on a design is harder for me than having a design and selecting fabric with this challenge! After a lot of debate, I made another May is for Makers purchase and bought Jeli Quilts’ Double Goosed pattern.
Not wanting to give too much away, above is a grey scale image of the first pieced quadrant.
The pattern is paper pieced, and I really like how doing something repeatedly can leads to efficiency. The above is my fabric prep for piecing the last quadrant. I did not have much waste!
Which lead to me posting about the tools I use when paper piecing on Instagram yesterday. I keep handy:
- A ruler with an obvious quarter inch at the edge for trimming,
- 2 rotary cutters: 1 for fabric, 1 for paper (2 scissors for that matter: 1 for fabric, 1 for paper), and
- Wooden seam roller for pressing seams.
I really like not having to plug in and use an iron when I am paper piecing. Something about using the wooden seam roller is just fun for me.
I also got some really great suggestions for other tools that I might check out in the future:
- @mara.creates: I also use a sewline glue stick for putting the first fabric down and I love my clover clips to hold fabric in place instead of pins.
- @a.fox.made.this: I use a tracing wheel to pre-perforate all the lines. I find it makes turning the paper back to trim seams easier and more accurate as well as being easier to tear away at the end.
- @liveacolorfullife: I keep a postcard handy to fold the paper back on the line for trimming. If that makes sense. Someone recommended template plastic for that–more durable
- Irene @Patchwork and Pastry: My metal stiletto – I use it to score paper, guide small things through my sewing machine, and a host of other things
And others mentioned that a quick place to get a wooden seam roller might be at your local hardware store in the wallpaper section: a wallpaper seam sealer!
What are your must have paper piecing tools?
**The Modern Selvage Quilting giveaway is over. Congratulations to Christi S.**
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