So I’m pretty sure that the last time I posted about the heart quilt that I’m working on I managed to confuse a lot of people because I said I was paper piecing it. I hadn’t heard of paper piecing until I started looking up how people managed to make all those tiny intricate designs on quilts that I see all over pinterest. I read a few blog posts and watched a bunch of youtube videos (all of which showed slightly different methods with ever more complex instructions) eventually I decided to just download a template (I found mine here) and give it a go.
I figured if I gave a little overview of how I go about it then it’ll make a bit more sense! Firstly I printed off the template and cut pieces of fabric for each section making sure that there was well over ¼ inch border on every side – I tend to be cautious and go with more than ½ inch to be sure I don’t mess up.
Getting the first piece started is the trickiest. For this this was a small triangle of white fabric that would be sewn to the first printed fabric. First up the template gets folded along the line between section 1 and 2. Then the white fabric (wrong side against the paper) is placed behind the paper making sure the entire section 1 is covered. Line up a ruler against the fold between section 1 and 2 and cut a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Place the fabric for section 2 (right sides together) behind the white fabric and paper piece - being careful not to shift the white fabric. (This is the tricky bit - some people pin it or glue it but my pieces were small enough that I could just hold them in place)
Now holding the paper, white fabric and pink fabric in place, lift them up together, open the paper template back up and sew along the line between sections 1 and 2 using the smallest stitch width on the machine.
Cut the threads and press the seams to one side.
Fold the template along the lines between section 2 and 3. Place the ruler along the fold and cut a 1/4 inch seam allowance on the pink fabric. Take the fabric for section three and lay it right sides together behind the pink fabric with the edges matching.
Hold in place and open the template. Sew along the line between section 2 and 3. Press the fabric open.
Continue folding the sections, cutting the seam allowance and adding the next section of fabric in the order specified on the template.
As you add more pieces the heart begins to take shape, and then finally when all the pieces have been added you end up with something like this....
Once all the sections have been added I trimmed along the edges of the block leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance and then slowly peeled off the paper backing. The tiny stitches make this a lot easier!
I've currently got all the hearts finished for the quilt top and I'm now sashing the blocks together and trying to figure out what backing fabric I want to use....always tricky! I'm hoping to get it finished up over the long weekend just in time for some cooler autumn weather to enjoy it in.