The quilt in the previous post was my first attempt at paper piecing and the seam rippers saw a lot of action. Today I’ll give you a quick and dirty look at how to use this technique.
Find the spaces for piece 1 and piece 2 on the paper pattern.
Place first piece on the pattern, right side up, making sure you cover the entire space including seam allowances. Lay the piece 2 on top of piece 1 with right sides together.
Holding the fabric in place, turn the whole stack of paper and fabric over and sew directly onto the line between piece 1 and piece 2. Backstitch at both ends of the seam.
Turn the stack back to the front and open out piece 2. Make sure that piece 2 covers the whole space including seam allowances. (If not- it’s ripper time!)
Now fold piece 2 back onto piece 1. Fold the paper pattern to the back along the line you just sewed.
With a rotary cutter or scissors, trim the seam to 1/4 inch.
Unfold the paper pattern so it is flat again, open out piece 2 and press into place.
Continue with all other pieces.
With the seam allowances trimmed, you can see the pattern emerging.
Ok so it’s not rocket science. What could go wrong? I’ll answer THAT question in the next post 🙂