Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Oh, how I miss my nine patch blocks....

{or: Paper piecing with 35 bazillion bits}

Cute little Hedwig had about 50 pieces.

I learned to keep my fingers all away from the edge of the ruler, even when cutting tiny bits, after slicing the tip of my finger. Although this is one thing that I loved about paper piecing. No precise shapes to cut, and if you leave a large enough piece on the edge, you have plenty of room to square up!

Here's a general look at the floor behind me - I pieced, sewed, ironed, cut - then just pushed all the mess right off the edge.

Another sewing machine invention I really want, is a laser light. Does anybody do that yet? I would love a pin point in the spot the needle will come down, then a nice laser line that extends from there to the edge of your table to help feed. Wouldn't that be helpful?

The thing I like least about paper piecing is this at the end. It seemed to take forever getting all those little paper bits off.

Now it looks like a cool, drizzly day. Perfect for getting this quilting done!


Kris said...

I hate the paper too! I bought some paper piecing paper at Joann's called "Perfect Piecing" and it made things a lot easier. You can put in through the printer and it feels like interfacing and it's easy to pull off. I was actually going to write a post about it soon! :)

Laura said...

I just found your blog today. I LOVE your Harry Potter quilt. I'm re-reading all of the books again before the movie, but I never thought about making a quilt.

Did you create the paper pieced patterns yourself?

Julie @ Jaybird Quilts said...

so much work... but so worth it!!! i love how it turned out!

Allison said...

There looks like there's a lot more paper to peal off your blocks! Those blocks are amazing, and kind of make me nautious thinking about all that work! :) Thanks for stopping by! -Allison

Doris said...

I am loving your HP blocks! Getting me inspired for the new movie... But you are right, paper piecing is a bit more tedious than a 9-patch!

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Dresden Quilter said...

Hedwig is amazing. I love how you have blended the colours on him. I was going to offer you to do my nine patch blocks, since I am still behind. ;-) See, aren't I a nice friend! I just printed off a bunch of templates for the Halloween swap. I started one yesterday and then realized that the template was only actually 78% of the actual one. Luckily I figured that out after only doing one small section.

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