When I have paper pieced before I have cut the fabric in long strips and just worked along them, slicing, dicing and stitching as I went. Sometimes this involved a little guesswork as to where to cut. Other times I would fail to cover the outline of the paper, which meant I had to rip and replace. There was a fair amount of waste. This time I spent two hours cutting out the fabric pieces and arranging them in labelled piles. Just cutting economically limited waste significantly. There was also very little fabric lost in trimming during the stitching process.
What about time? With the pieces already cut for both the paperless and the paper methods the time spent came out in favor of the paper method. With paperless, I still had to stitch the seams. With paper I still have to remove the paper. All in all about even, I think. I use Sulky Paper Solvy, which is water soluble so tearing out the paper is optional. I like to get it out, but I don't worry about getting each and every tiny piece.
BTW the "bad" quilt top, which was stiff and icky after a 2-hour soak came out soft and nice after 30 minutes in the washing machine with the normal amount of soap. I will use it later, cut it up (no seam ripping) and stitch it into a new quilt.
TIP: When cutting pattern pieces you can cut rough. The cut pieces should mimic the pattern piece with a tiny bit extra, but do not have to be precisely in line with the edges. Any extra will be trimmed as you go.
TIP: It is nice to work with batik because you can use either side of the fabric. If the pattern calls for an odd shape you can use it on one block or turn it over for the mirror image block. That's called 'mistake reduction.'
TIP: The secret to precise paper piecing is the pressing of each and every seam. Don't use an iron because the paper gets scorched and brittle; same with the fingers. Instead use a small roller or a point-to-point turner, both made by Clover (or how about a spoon?), to press each seam completely back over the stitching each and every time before you add the next piece.
There is nothing photogenic going on this week in my workroom so I will share some of the photos that I have put on Facebook for a black and white challenge. A black and white photo must have significant value variation to be interesting. Black, grey and white express the values that are so important in making quilts, even your most colorful ones. In this day of digital expression you can take a photo of your chosen fabrics, then turn it into a black and white photo in an editing program to make sure your quilt has some dark/black, medium and very light/white fabrics.
|In the Olympic Mountains, WA state.|
|Somewhere in the Southwest USA.|