I finished all of the piecing and now the blocks are ready to be joined.
Here is a step by step of how I do paper foundation piecing.
I use June Taylor foundation sheets.
They are see through so I can see the lines on both sides and that makes it so much easier.
I print the pattern on my computer printer. Here is the pattern for the border.
The paper is transparent enough to be able to easily see the lines from the back.
If I use regular paper I trace the lines on the back so I can see them ( I hold the paper up to the window to see the lines to trace)
The fabric goes on the back side of the paper. The pieces are all numbered so they are added in order. Here is the first piece.
The next piece .
The purple piece goes on the blue one flipped over like this.
Then I pin the pieces in place.
now they are sewn on from the other side (the front of the paper) On the line between A1 and A2
I use a very short stitch length. It make it easier to tear away the paper after the block is finished.
Here is the seam on the other side.
Now I press it open
Next I do some trimming. Flip it back over so I can see the line between A2 and A3
Fold on that line
The fabric that is exposed I trim to 1/4 inch.
Now open the paper up again to add the next piece of fabric.
With this pattern I found that if I cut the fabric in 2.5 inch wide strips I have very little fabric waste.
It looks like there will be a lot of waste but it will be used. Sew the piece on the same as before.
Then flip it over and press.
Now turn it over again so I can trim it.
Fold the paper back against the next line (between A3 and A4) and trim off the excess leaving 1/4 inch.
That piece I cut off is big enough to be used as one of the pieces in another block.
Now repeat the steps with a piece of purple fabric.
And continue adding and trimming the same way.
Now it looks pretty crazy but it looks better when it is trimmed.
Now flip again and fold back the bottom section
Add the last piece and trim
This is all the trimming from one block.
after all that the paper is torn away….it comes off pretty easily because the stitching perforates the paper and makes it tear along the stitch line.
Here is what the pattern for the palm blocks looks like.
This is done the same way as the border blocks .
It really is not hard once you get a few blocks done it becomes a lot clearer.The paper gives you the exact line to stitch on so the piecing is very accurate! and for long point like these it keeps the fabric from stretching. It really is worth learning to do.
I had hoped to get all the blocks joined tonight but I decided to wait until tomorrow because someone needed attention.