It's been about a month since my post about the swoopy flying geese and so I deem it time to finish up out tutorial! Also it's a Sunday so I actually have the time and energy to blog :) This whole teaching thing is tiring!
Before I get started I have to apologize to the ladies at the Tacoma MQG. I forgot to mention something at the meeting on Thursday. When I prepared my finished flying geese paper piecing panel I traced the design onto a piece of tracing paper then turned it over and stitched along the lines that showed through the paper. This allowed the finished panel to look exactly the same as my patter. Once again I apologize if this caused any confusion or made me look a bit crazy to those of you who noticed :)
Alright! So last time we ended with a fully designed pattern, complete with 1/4 inch seam allowance. From here I suggested either scanning and printing another copy of your pattern or tracing the individual parts onto a different piece of…
Ever since I first started quilting I have always loved the look of the New York Beauty block but have been a little intimidated by the combination of paper piecing and curved piecing. Well I'm glad to say that I finally built up the courage and took the plunge. Or started to. I got about halfway to the edge of the diving board before I realized I didn't quite know where to start.
This project being somewhat impromptu, I didn't have a pattern to work from but since I had such an amazing resource at my fingertips I didn't worry. I decided to scour the internet to look for free tutorials or templates I could print off on my own. I eventually started to get frustrated when all the links to templates I found were broken. After about an hour I realized that it probably would have taken less time to design my own than it had to look through all of those broken links.
So here goes: How to design your very own New York Beauty Templates/Paper Piecing Pattern
It's a beautiful Sunday and I am ready to start sewing... but first there are a few things I need to take care of... Just in case you missed part one here it is!
Part Two: The Prep
-Design you created last time
-Fabric for your background and applique
-Pen to mark fabric
(I used both water soluble and permanent fine tipped pens. Fabric pencils would also work. Just test your pen or pencil beforehand to make sure you can see your lines before you start tracing)
-Safety Pins (optional)
Press your fabric and cut to a square a bit larger than your design. It is better to have too much border than not enough. I folded one corner of my fat quarter up diagonally to find the new edge of my square. Because I didn't need this first square to be even I just estimated and cut with scissors.
Mark the very center of the square and the edge of the diagonal bisecting lines with an erasable pen or pencil.