I am having so much fun learning a bunch of new quilting techniques in Stitched in Color's hand stitched class! Last week was English Paper Piecing. It's all done by hand and it makes for very accurate points! I have done a bit of this before with hexagons, but never with something this elaborate. I repeated the 2 blocks below on the 4 corners of the quilt I'm making.
|Blue/Green Storm at Sea Block|
|Orange/Pink Storm at Sea Block|
The corner blocks are surrounded by 2x2" patchwork in colors tying back to the quilt. I chose pastels except for the brighter oranges and yellows. I wanted to bring out those colors a bit more in the patchwork since the center section is very pink!
For my hand stitched classmates - when you are sewing the patchwork pieces to the storm at sea blocks, place your seam really close to the points on the blocks. Sew the seam from the block side so that you can see how close you are to the points and stitch almost to the edge of them. Otherwise the seam next to the point can open up.
It was difficult matching up the points to the seams of the checkerboard patchwork on each side. There was definitely some ripping out that took place! So as you're putting together your blocks, insure that the seams are the correct 2 1/4" from the raw edge of the smaller square, and 4 1/4" from the edge of the larger square. And the center point of the larger diamond shape should be 2 1/4" from the edge of the block as well. There's a bit of fudging you can do when you put it all together, after all, it's fabric! Just try to keep all the seams uniformly 1/4".
Also, getting the patchwork squares to be exactly 2" wide after sewing was a feat. I had to measure each one after sewing to make sure my seams were just right. It's most important to make sure that the squares that will be adjacent to your storm at sea blocks are correct so that your seams will match the seams and points of the blocks. I do have a 1/4" presser foot on my machine, but I still had to be careful. With 9 seams, even a slight error can create a big variance!!
|Anyone see "baby's" paw at the left? : )|