How's the paperless paper piecing (PPP) going? Fantastic. I am cutting out three or four of each piece, which takes about 30 minutes. From there I can breeze through three or four blocks in nothing flat. Well....compared to my first attempts. I save up several glued blocks, and sit down to stitch them all at once, chain stitching. That's called efficiency! I have decided that this process doesn't take any longer than paper piecing. Both methods require a learning curve during which you have to be patient with yourself. Now I have another plus to share about PPP. Read on.
Mistakes? Yes! I printed out the overall design to use as a guide for the colors in each block. All the blocks are the same basic pattern, but the colors are arranged differently in various blocks. After printing the guide I went back to the computer and changed the color of one piece in each half-block. Then I forgot to print out the new version. Now one black piece in each half-block has to be switched out for turquoise. Six square blocks done, so 12 triangles to rip back to that piece to change it. It is an important element and must be done.
|Black vs turquoise triangle. Center seam not stitched.|
Inner bulldog, get moving! It sort of takes the joy out of quilting, but not the satisfaction of doing the job right and completing my design correctly. Sigh......ripper in hand I plucked out the necessary stitches. Fortunately, there really aren't too many because the offending piece was one of the last in the sequence of sewing. By the time I replaced one, I had figured out how to do it without distorting the block. First, I folded, ironed and starched the seam allowance on the new piece so I had a nice, sharp crease.
|The fold is pressed over a strip of heat resistant template plastic. |
You can use double freezer paper, but it gets soggy soon.
|Glued down in place, with other pieces pinned back out of the way.|
(except for that one little tail on the right - it was too stiff to stay folded back, but easy to work around.
|Crease line is a perfect guide.|
|Measuring before stitching. Love glue basting!|
That turquoise piece is important as it part of the basic framework for the whole design. It will set me back a day, but it will be soooooo worth it. I'm not in a hurry and am already thinking about how I will quilt it. Slow down....it takes time to do those blocks correctly.
Oops! I found a few seams that I hadn't sewn. Good grief, I am glad I discovered and could fix them. I had to hand stitch one because it was too deep in the stitching sequence. It was a good lesson and warning to carefully check the seams as I go along. The only downside of PPP is getting the seams sewn in order without missing any. Working on that!
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you no mistakes, but if necessary, easy fixes.