Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I have come to HATE paper-piecing!!!!  

I have been apart of BOMs that have mostly all paper-piecing 
and only one came out just right!  I have had people tell me that they just LOVE paper-piecing because everything turns our just right!!  Not for me!!
Boo-whoo!

Here are some pictures of some of the things
I have done from the BOM on a quilt forum I am apart of:
See the roof just above the building on each side?  It isn't much but it is still off.
The lower roof on this house was off quite a bit.   I had to add about 1/4 inch of fabric on the left side of the roof to make it right.
This is very obvious!  The building and the roof on the right don't match up.  What a cold house for the north!!  I was getting quite frustrated by this time.  I didn't even both to try to fix it.
This one also isn't bad.  The point of the roof disappeared on the left.
I cheated on this barn.  The whole lower part was supposed to be all different pieces including a window that was supposed to be on the right.  I made the whole lower part one piece and added twill tape for the barn door.  I was desparate and looking for ways to make my pp look good!!
Well that didn't last long!  The roof is off again and when it rains what a disaster!!  Even the top of the tree is a bit off.
This is the very best job I have ever done paper-piecing!!  I don't know why this one turned out so good, but I am glad!  All the points match.  It turned out just perfect!  I am saving this one for a special quilt!!

Well I found a quilt pattern that I wanted to make for some very dear  friends up in Michigan.  They love cats. They have two of their own and feed a stray!  The pattern has the dreaded paper-piecing!!  And again no matter what I did I couldn't get it right.   Well I prayed about it and I got the answer from the Lord.  This tutorial is about what I did and it worked well.  I think this technique will work for other paper-pieced patterns as well.

This is the pattern:
And here is what I did:

 You will first want to have your color sections ready.  I used the scraps that I had, I even had a variety of whites scraps I used.   Don't try to skimp.  You don't want to short yourself.  Too frustrating and you will want to give up.  You also don't want your pieces too big or they get in the way.  Cut your fabrics about 1 inch larger than the triangles or other shapes for other pp patterns.

The pattern says to make 20 copies of the back of the cat and 10 copies of each of the tail patterns. I have an old sheet that I cut in the shape of the back and tails.
The top is the fabric the bottom is one copy of the back of the cat.  On the paper you can see I marked C for color and W for white.  The color fabric goes on the top triangles and whites on the bottom triangles.


This is hard to see but I folded the paper back on the the first line.
Then with a sharpie I drew a line of the fabric
I proceed to fold the fabric back on the second like and did the same. 
I marked the fabric across to the end.  I also marked each triangle as I did on the paper (see first photo step) C for color and W for white for the color separations on the back.

Select your white and color fabric.  When you put these two together for the first sewing line you must have the white face up and the color face down.  Important.
Here is something to watch out for:  See at the top corner?  The first "c" triangle is not on the color fabric.  It is would be very frustrating to sew just to have to tear it out.  So be watchful how your fabrics go.
I have the two fabrics, right sides facing each other and on the left, the edges matched.  I put the first sewing line just to the right of the edges about 1/4 inch.
Everything is good!  Enough fabric to the right of the triangle.   You will trim fabrics after each stitch line.
Make your first stitch right on the line.
Open up the pieces and press with your "Little Wooden Iron" or a hot iron.  Now it looks like I missed part of the pattern on the white.  But the point of the white comes right at the end of the seam.  That is what you see at the bottom of the white piece is the next color piece.
For this first one you probably won't need to trim the seam, but you will need to trim the bottom.
Trimmed.
From now on your fabric will be face up.  Place next sewing line on the edge of the color fabric.  Remember your last one was white. 
Sew on second sewing line.
Trim seam.
After opening up the fabric and pressing, trim off excess at the top all the way over to where my finger is in the picture.  You will need to go well past the third stitching line.  Now add the white, face up, and do the same
Place each color and white face up,  sewing line on the edge of fabric and sew on the line.  Trim seam, open and press.

and trim both convex and concaved curves.
Now to add the lower body of the cat.  Working with curved pieces is a whole lot easier than you think.  You can make this and Grandma's Fan without pins!  I will show you.
Lay the body of the cat face down on the pp right sides together.  Concave curve to convex curve.  To explain these terms:   concave curves in, like caving in, when something caves in.  Convex curves out.
Match the straight edges together at the "top"
If you want you can place a pin there.  Set the pieces under the foot of the machine and hand move the needle in down position (or use the button to do this if your machine has one for needle up or down).
Lift the top piece up a bit.  Don't stretch the fabric.
Sew all the way down making 1/4 inch seam and matching edges as you go.
Viola!!
Now to add the top!
This is done the same way as above.  Line up the top.
Put right sides together.  On this I did put a pin at the beginning and at the end.
I also put a pin in the middle.
All lined up.
Sew from top to the end.  But don't forget:  NEVER sew over your pins!!!  Stop and take them out.  They and/or the needle can break and fly up and hit you in the face.  I have had this happen.  They could hit you in the eye too.  So unless you are going to wear safety glasses--take the pins out when you get to them!
See!  The first pin is gone!
Going around the curve to the second pin.
Pin gone!!  I feel like Norm Abrams--"And don't forget the safety glasses"!!!
At the end
Looks good.  Ready for pressing.




The tail is almost the same as the cat's back.  The big difference is at the curve of the tail.  You can not sew from the beginning of the line to the end.  I will explain.  First, just like the back, trace out the tail pattern and lay the pattern on the tail and fold on each line and draw the lines on the fabric base.  Refer to the beginning of this tutorial to see how this is done if forgotten.   DON'T forget for the tails you have 10 going in one direction and 10 going in the other direction.
Don't forget to draw 10 like this and 10 in the opposite direction.

Just like the back you will have your fabrics chosen and ready.  For the first line:  take your white fabric (have it on the bottom) and the color, right sides together with edges matching.  Place first line just to the right of the edge of fabric about 1/4 inch and sew down the line.  Open the fabric and press open.  Do all the way to the curve.
Now the curve!  From here to the end you will add your fabric, alternating white and color.
But instead of starting at the very end of the line as you did before, you need to start just above the cross-roads.  Such as one or two stitches above.  The reason for this is because the triangle at the widest point encroaches  on the piece next to it.  Ask me how I know!!!  lol I had to do a bit of frogging!
This is a tight curve.  Right where my finger is that is where you need to start sewing.  From there down.
Same here on both sides of the cross-roads.
Here is the other part of that cross-road.

From that point down.  I have already made the stitching.

This is done.

This shows going in the opposite direction for the other 10 tails.  This is starting at the tight curve.  Just remember to follow the same directions for the tight curve going in this opposite  direction as in the one above.
 The rest of the pattern is very simple and I won't go over that here.  My purpose is to show this technique for paper-piecing.  Now I want to try it on those other patterns!!!  Maybe  I will some time.

I hope this has been a help to some one.  Here is a picture of my completed quilt.  My friends loved it.  She cried.  Made me feel good!! 

I arranged it a bit different than in the pattern.   I liked it better.
The back is also scrappy.  I used up a lot of flannel on the back.

Thank you for looking.  Again, I hope this was a help!  Let me know if you have any questions.  You can write me to the address that is listed in the 'About Me' above right.
God bless!

Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.