Finishing the Christmas Trees…

I was determined to have these trees finished in time to decorate for Christmas and it happened….

I am super pleased with how they look!!

But, the last time you saw them they were in lots of pieces so let’s talk about how they got from there to here….

I finished the paper piecing and was ready to add the borders. I trimmed down the entire tree leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the pattern lines. Then, I removed the paper just along the edges….

That way the edges were free of paper but the rest of the piece stayed stabilized.

After adding the borders it was time to remove the rest of the paper and I found a new tool while doing it. I normally used a seam ripper to help get under the paper…..

…but was always concerned that I would accidentally clip the threads or, even worse, cut a hole in the fabric!!

Then I remembered my “Purple Thing”!! It was perfect for this task…..

Another reason why I am not fond of paper piecing….

Now it was time to think about quilting. I tried a few designs on paper…..

…but decided that I wanted to see it in the real size.

You may be tired of videos but I wanted to share one more that shows how I planned the quilting and then how easy it was to actually perform the design…..

I kept the rest of the quilting really simple and am especially happy with the striped binding…..

One looks longer than the other but I promise that they are the same size!!!!

Another project finished…….

Paper Piecing – Prepping the pieces…

Welcome back to “I HATE PAPER PIECING”…..not really!!

In yesterday’s installment I talked about the tools that I simply cannot do without…..Golden Threads Paper and Add-A-Quarter Ruler.

Today I have selected my fabrics and am getting the pieces prepared.

This video talks about one of my paper piecing horrors…. selecting a fabric, sewing it to the base and then flipping it over to find that it is TOO small!! I have added a step to hopefully alleviate this problem.

Check out the video…..

Tomorrow we finally start sewing!!

Yipee…I’m Paper Piecing…

Yes, this title is a bit tongue-in-cheek because I REALLY don’t enjoy paper piecing!!! However, when there is a design that you want to do and you HAVE to paper piece it…..you put on your big girl pants and get down to it!!!

The culprit in this case is this tree…..

…and I want to make TWO of them to decorate my entryway!!!

Since I was having SO much fun with paper piecing, I thought that I would share my enjoyment with you!!!

This is the first of three videos that will detail MY method for paper piecing. In this one I talk about my two favorite tools for this technique….Golden Threads Paper and Add-A-Quarter Ruler…

Come back tomorrow for part 2….preparing the the fabric pieces

Kew Quilt…..NOW WHAT??

Now that I have the design drawn and the initial fabrics selected, it is time to turn my mind to EXACTLY how I am going to accomplish this quilt.

I don’t believe that the side strips will be super hard. I will just have to be extremely accurate and careful in my piecing!!

But, how am I going to make the center “ladder” section.

Applique would obviously work, but seems like a LOT of trouble!!

I really want to piece most of it but am concerned about how I will accomplish these dimensional areas….

Rather than making a full plan, I did what I normally do and started with the part that would be the easiest. I can always figure out the harder stuff when I get there!!!

Although it is not my favorite piecing method, I decided to paper piece each section….

….starting with the large (window) piece, adding the black side pieces and finally adding the “step” to one side.

After finishing with each section, I attached it to the preceding section…..

By doing this section by section, before I knew it, I had finished the top five window panes!!

There are three more of these “simple” sections and then I get to the hard part!!

To quote Scarlett O’Hara……