Paper piecing is a new skill I wanted to work on this year…….. and although it is not my favourite way to quilt, it certainly allows you to work with those very little pieces of fabric easily. Or should I say easier than without the paper backing, rather than easy !!
My swap partner in the #quiltblockbootcamp One hour Basket swap – is a lover of Owls. So over the weekend I sat on pinterest – which isn’t that rare 😉 – and made a secret board of Owls….. Quilted, Appliqued and FMQ. WOW ! Owls are popular little animals…. So this morning I started practising on some techniques, colours and arrangements……. have to be careful what I say and show, as I’m sure she will read this post ! Maybe just read between the lines a little.
Anyway while I was searching and the minutes on Pinterest turned into hours (as usual!) , I found a technique of turning regular patterns into paper piecing when you want smaller blocks !! I have to say I like!!
One of my favourite Quilt Pattern Designers – Elizabeth Hartman – has an Owl Pattern I purchased a while ago – and has been on my LONG to do list. However the Owl block is 16″x28″ – this is a BIG block……
Using my photocopier tis morning I reduced the pattern by 60%, and decided to paper piece it – as you can imagine how small 2 1/2″ blocks become when reduced by 60%. I tried the Owl’s eye first to see if I was going to pull this off – and guess what – it looks like an Owl’s eye !! Yay !! Im not sure whether the navy Cotton and Steel Tanagrams works for her eyebrows – looks a bit fierce, but I was just sooooo excited that it looked like an eye !!
So I decided to continue !! What do you think ??
There are a few things I would do differently next time round !! Here are my tips !
1. Have all your pieces/ chosen first before you start, as the little pieces I was using started to get lost amongst the pile of scraps and fabric piling up !
2. Cut your seams as you go, as the seams can get bulky when working with little pieces – you can see the stitches pulling a little bit at the nose. it is because I wasn’t careful enough at snipping my seams with each fabric addition. So there were a lot of layers to sew through when joining the nose 🙁
3. Make sure you have a small stitch length so the paper rips easily, without destroying your work! I used the 1.8 setting on my Janome. (I only remembered this half way through creating my Owl).
4. Have fun !!
My Allie isn’t perfect but I think she looks rather good – frowning – but the cotton and steel aqua and gray border, almost gives the impression She is looking through the window !
My advice – just give it a go – it works sometimes !! <3
Enjoy your week!