My friend Mandy was here for a sewing day on Saturday. She really wanted to make this quilt from a recent Quiltmaker magazine.
The problem is that Mandy has never paper pieced and the pattern is written so that the blocks are paper pieced. I showed her how…and she quickly learned that she didn’t like paper piecing either…so what to do? After looking at the pattern for a few minutes I came up with an idea.
First we sewed a gray 3.5″ strip to a white 2.5″ strip. Then we sewed a charcoal strip to the other side of the white strip. I cut out the original paper pieced pattern cutting off the triangles yet extending the piece 1/4″ bigger on all sides.
We laid the pattern piece over the strip set that we had sewn together making sure to line up the center strip with the white center strip. Using the pattern, we cut out the piece.
Then we cut rectangles that were 2 7/8″ x 4 7/8″. We cut those on the diagonal to get these….
We added those to the corners and ended up with the block needed to make the quilt.
I don’t like paper piecing and will do whatever I can to avoid it even if it means “rewriting” the instructions. Any other people out there who don’t enjoy paper piecing??