As you may have noticed in recent posts, I seem to be getting a “thing” for Foundation Paper Piecing.
Having used a few pre-designed patterns, I thought that I would have a go at designing my own.
Firstly though I should let you know that I FINALLY completed the star motif that I started on a previous Fabric Friday.
This project also actually managed to almost bring that never ending pack of fat quarters to an end! Man that set just kept on going!
Anyway, I flippin’ loved this block. Someday I will get together enough fabric and set aside enough time to make a full quilt from this … don’t worry, there is a blue moon scheduled for next year, lol!
Right, having completed that I was very excited about the prospect of designing my own foundation patterns so I set about having a go.
For the first one I thought that I would try something fairly straight forward. So I got some graph paper and got doodling out some designs.
Having had a sketching session it transpired that my brain had decided to drop that bit that would help me make the mental leap from paper to finished piece – I couldn’t quite make the connection between pattern and sewn project for some reason. So I mostly ended up with scrunched up balls of paper all around me.
To counteract this, I just started drawing intersecting lines in a large block and then inking those in with a black pen, stopping at each “intersection”.
It seemed that this method seemed to have cleared the blockage and I ended up with this design.
As you can see I had also worked out in which order I would be stitching the pieces of fabric to the design.
To work with this pattern I decided to copy it onto tracing paper.
I set about cutting some strips of fabric (that would fit in the places) and got stitching.
Here was the first block.
Often it takes four blocks to make up a the “complete” design so I stitched three more and then stitched these together.
Kapow! I loved this!
Sheesh, that’s another one on the to-do list then, lol!
Well proud that I managed to design one myself, even if it was quite basic.
To be honest, I am sure that this design is so obvious that it’s probably out there already, but I know that it was my brain power that put this one together from paper to finished section – *puffs out chest*.
After coming down from cloud nine I then wondered how small I could get a block so I made up a pattern to use up some tiny scraps of fabric.
Copied it onto tracing paper as before and got stitching.
Here was the first block – it’s only about 2.5 inches square! Teeny tiny!
Kaboom! Loads of colour and perfectly framed!
I can imagine this pattern repeating and seeing the slim black square outlines repeating across the quilt – oh boy, there’s another one.
To be honest though, I won’t be making these into a full sized quilt as I would need about five bazillion of these little squares, but I guess I could make a wall hanging or something…
As you can tell, I am really enjoying this style of patchwork. So much so that I have even invested in some new goodies to help.
The first is the Add-A-Quarter ruler.
This little gizmo is very much like the Perfect Layer rulers however it just has the one quarter inch edge this sits against the edge of the folded fabric and gives the perfect seam allowance against which to cut with the rotary cutter. It simply means that there is no risk of slipping, as I have done a few times with a standard quilting ruler.
Ingenius and simple!
The next is some water-soluble printer paper. This means that I can print a design onto it, stitch through it and then wash it out after I have finished, rather then trying to tear out all of the little bits of paper – which for the smaller designs is going to be great!
I’ll let you know how I get on with these in a future Fabric Friday blog post.
Anyway, that’s it for this week. It was just a play week really.
Hope you like how things are coming along with these – I’m really enjoying doing them!
If you have any questions or comments about this post, then please feel free to use the comments section below.
See you next time fellow sewists.