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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

English Paper Piecing Question

Flower Garden in progress - detail
This picture was posted in The English paper piecing group on flickr. A discussion arose about how to baste large hex pieces. My tutorial explained it, but visuals are better. I do have permission to show this example of how not to do it by its maker, Anne Brumley. Pictured are her first blocks; I actually think they are well made. I do not see the stitching between the blocks, her fabric choices are vibrant and lively. I just want it clear that these are well-made blocks, and the only thing I wanted to clarify was all the basting threads. All the threads you see have to be removed; there are also lots of them, which makes that time consuming and your fingers will hurt from going through the papers so much with the needle.

In the way I do it, all you have to do is cut six small threads; just six small nips of the scissors, then pull the papers out (which saves time) and just leave in the basteing threads.
front of two inch hex
So, you do a back stitch in each corner where the fabric folds over on top of itself. Then, in the middle of each side of the hex you do an ever so tiny stitch that goes through the fabric and the paper. I have made a few things with this technique, so I promise it is simple and not hard.
2 inch hex helping with example
Go all the way around in this manner; cut thread when you get back to the beginning. I hope this helps whomever does bigger pieces in English paper piecing. Below are other examples of Anne's work; she uses silk in some of her work, and it is lovely. She picks very nice fabrics and has good hand piecing skills; she is a very nice hand seamstress.
Flower Garden in progress 1
1 inch hexagons
1 inch hexagons
On my way.  How cool is the lucky kitty fabric?
Neat tesselations with rainbow!

6 comments:

  1. Thank you! So much better :) And thank you for such sweet comments on my first efforts :)

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  2. Wow, those blocks are really nice.

    Thanks for helping her and the rest of us out. :)

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  3. I have a GMA's flower garden quilt top with two corners missing some pieces. I have a bunch of pieces sewn together that came with it. Can I use your technique to finish this top? i havew nevr made thes blocks before, but I'd love to finish the top.

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  4. I have a GMA's Flower Garden top missing two corners, it came along with quite a few pieces extra quite a few joined in odd configurations. Do I use your technique to fill in the corners? I haven't ever attempted English Paper piecing .

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