Thursday, February 26, 2015

More Adventures in Paper Piecing

Even though paper piecing still intimidates me a little, I'm definitely getting better with each project and my confidence is growing. Carla from Granny Maud's Girl charged us with making these amazing union jack blocks for our February Compass Quilters Bee:


They were so fun to make and what made the difference for me was her detailed cutting instructions. That extra prep at the beginning made the actual paper piecing a breeze. Here is her tutorial if you want to make your own.

We were only asked to make 2 but my first one came out a little small due to what can only be a printing issue. I can't explain why my measurements weren't accurate. I printed the pattern off at 100% scale and it also included a 1-inch square to check scale. When I measured the square, it was spot on, but when I measured the sides of the block it was off by an 1/8 inch all the way around. Just plain weird. So that's why I made 2 more for her. I'm hoping she can still manage to use the slightly smaller one somehow.  I was in such a rush to get these sent out in the mail that I had forgotten to take any photos which explains my less than stellar pics below. It was late at night when I remembered, so  I opened up the mailer and snapped a few quick pics.



I then promptly sealed the mailer back up, mailed it at the post office, and then realized that I forgot to add a signature block.  Oops. Oh well, I hope Carla likes these along with the other little goodies I send along.

3 comments:

  1. I think that pre-cutting the fabric for paper piecing makes all the difference for me, too. Glad you were able to get the pattern to print out the second (and third!) time around. :)

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  2. I am so glad the cutting notes worked for you. I checked them twice after making the initial block to be extra sure. Pity the printing turned out 'plain weird' for you. I wonder why it works for some people and not others.
    I love the blocks you made. I will lurk by the letterbox, eagerly waiting fir them!!
    Shall I forge your name on a siggy block? :)

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  3. Very nice blocks, the colour combinations are great.

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