The session was a speedy 60 minute lesson in English Paper Piecing which I haven't done since my textile degree in the 1990's.
The technique of English Paper Piecing uses (as the name suggests) a paper pattern as a template for the fabric. Traditionally you would baste the paper template to the fabric but a quick cheat is to use glue to hold the seam allowance onto the paper.
You use a simple whip stitch to attach the individual pieces together, taking very small sections of the fabric so the stitches are close together.
I got really into sewing the pieces together this morning and added a couple of extra sections to the patchwork. I used blues and greens to create a seascape / landscape effect.
|The patchwork with all pieces hand-sewn together|
|The next step is to remove the paper templates|
|The patchwork with paper templates removed|
|Patchwork with seams pressed|
As you know from my previous post I am taking part in the Secret Valentine Exchange. On Monday I was sent the name and address of my Valentine buddy; she is called Kate, lives in Cornwall and loves natural shapes and sea colours. After finding out this information I felt that my previous quilting piece would not be quite right for Kate so decided to create a new piece of work using her preferred colour scheme.
I am now busy incorporating this patchwork piece into a more substantial gift. I will post about it after Valentine's Day.
In the meantime I have really enjoyed the process of English Pieced Paper Patchwork and hope to do some more in the future. Perhaps a cool geometric cushion cover? It is such a great way to stash bust those lovely scraps of precious fabric that are too small to make things out of!
This post is linked to #handmademonday organised by Julia of Sum of their Stories.