I have embarked on finishing another UFO. This time I am in a little challenge with my good friend Barb. I started this quilt many, many years ago. In 2010 at our local quilt show, Barb also purchased this quilt pattern. As she was showing my the pattern I remembered I had started the quilt maybe 10 or more years ago. We made big plans and vowed to work on our quilts. At that time I had the center courtyard completed. We looked around and purchased the silk ribbon for the embroidery and we worked on some of the blocks. Once again this quilt got pushed back into the corner. In May of 2013 we met and decided to really commit to finishing this quilt. We are going to a get-a-way in Aug, so we made a pack to finish all the blocks and put them together at the get-a-way.
The pattern is part of “The City Stitcher Quilt Collection” by Janet Miller. Janet included the instructions for applique or paper piecing. I decided to opt for the paper piecing. I have been doing quite a few posts on paper piecing, so I thought I would show you my process when I paper piece.
The first step I do is to take colored pencils and color the sections of my pattern.
Next, I use a washable glue stick to glue the #1 piece to the UN-printed side of the pattern.
Now hold your piece up to the light to make sure that is covers all the seam allowances.
Fold the paper back at the seam line and finger press a sharp crease in the paper. This crease will let you know where to place the second fabric.
Lay the second fabric right sides together.
You will now sew through the paper and both fabrics. I make my stitch smaller for this step. (2 on my Viking)
Fold the paper back and the top pieces of the fabric. Trim ONLY the seams to 1/4 “!
Make sure to take the time at each step to press your seams.
Turn the piece over on the mat.
I have a rotary cutter that I marked just for paper piecing. Trim your block on the seams allowance lines.
After you have completed all your blocks, lay them out in the order you will put them together.
I now press the seams open! You are done. (except for the embroidery) Ok Barb…7 blocks out of 12 now stitched…only one with embroidery completed.