I have been paper piecing a lot recently. I designed a block that uses paper piecing (my first design using the technique) that you’ll see in April, and the quilt I am working on this week uses paper piecing. I thought I’d share the paper piecing tip or strategy that I came up with this week that has made things go smoothly and quickly for me.
I pre-fold the template along the piecing lines before I place the first piece of fabric (which I glue baste down using a glue stick). This makes it really quick to flip back the paper, trim a 1/4-inch seam, and move along. To help me fold along the lines, I used a heavy card stock paper (aka a color card from Cloud9 Fabrics for their Cirrus Solids, haha). I align the cardstock a fraction of an inch before the line, so that I can see just a small gap before the fold line (this accounts for the thickness of the cardstock), and then I fold the paper back against the card stock.
I am taking a lot of extra Vitamin C this week in preparation for QuiltCon. Also in preparation, I ordered a fabric lanyard and a nicer utility apron than the one I made for myself last year.
The lanyard is made from fabric of a world map, and I purchased it from the Aspen Leaves Designs Etsy store.
In addition to having nicer, wider ties on this apron and an assortment of pockets, the apron I purchased from My Empty Nest Designs Esty store has a zipper pocket as well, which will be a very handy addition for items that need a bit more safe keeping!
I have also been trying to plan and schedule blog posts for while I am away at QuiltCon. I’m kicking around the idea of a Q&A article, so if you have any questions you’re curious about that I can answer, ask them in the comments or send me an email to yvonne(at)quiltingjetgirl(dot)com! Thank you!