Are you ready? Set? GO!
Yesterday saw the official kick off for the Farmer’s Wife 1930’s Sew Along! And just because Angie loves a surprise, she threw in an extra block for this first week! So all 3000+ participants are racing to their sewing machines or picking up their hand sewing kit and getting their sew on. I just wanted to pop in today and show you my first two blocks, and share a couple of little things I will be using ENDLESSLY through this sew-along. You see – I’m a paper piecer. And by that, I mean that I love printing out the Foundation Paper Piecing pattern, and getting to work. No matter how easy or hard the blocks are – this is MY preferred method! I WILL be giving other methods a crack throughout the 99 block marathon too.
This is not a tutorial, just a couple of tips! If you too love paper piecing, you’ll have your own method of madness, but for me – I like to have the items above handy and within hands reach at all times. I piece with 50wt Aurifil thread – it’s a great fine thread, perfect for PP. My sharp little snips, which enables me to snip those threads on the paper. Sharp pins for pinning my fabric in place – especially when fussy cutting. And, my much loved scissors – I literally don’t move from my sewing chair whilst paper piecing, and do not use a rotary cutter to trim between pieces. I just use my scissors! I will shed more light on how I paper piece when it’s my turn for my block in October!
Now – when it came to fabric choice for my FW quilt blocks, I went with Cotton + Steel. I have a pretty good stash collected, and added a Basics pack from Fat Quarter Shop. It has truly enhanced my choices! I love this first block – Becky. Its simplicity is what makes it so special! And even though it IS simple – I still loved being able to paper piece it.
Bonnie is just as straight forward, and I took great delight in getting my View Finder print out! LOVE!
Lastly, I just wanted to show you a picture of the backs of my blocks. I am keeping the papers on until the end of the process, because if you look up closely at my Bonnie block, you will see the fabric has “shrunk” a little during the pressing, which has made it creep in a smidge. Keeping the papers on will ensure that when I am putting the quilt together, my seam allowances will still be spot on! You can also see in this photo that I haven’t used the paper for two parts of Becky. This was because they were straight forward rectangular pieces that didn’t need to be attached to any others. So I just cut the fabric from the paper piece and went ahead. I was also trying to explain to a few people that when paper piecing, I rip off the seam papers after each section has been sewn together. This lessens the bulk within the seams, and makes it SOOOOO much easier to get the paper out at the end!
I really do hope these little tips make sense, and can help you in your paper piecing endeavours! From here onwards, I will be posting once a week, with my finished blocks. I look forward to showing them to you, and would love you to share yours!
If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea what this sew-along is all about – check out all the details HERE.