A Year in the Life of – ME!

2015 was a busy year for us.  We had just moved into our new home.

In the studio we had shelving to build, peg board to hang, cabinetry to place.  Lots of rearranging as I decided to tweak things, 256 sf of design walls to put up.

Join local groups; Luling Fiber Arts.  Create new groups; Settlement Magnolias.  Just to name a couple…

My travel included a cruise where I was teaching, NQA in Little Rock where I was teaching and vending, Montana for a tune-up and so much more. My treasured time is when I am quilting with long-time friends and we are enjoying each others company (or when I am with my hubby!)

48 Retreat/Quilt To You Wilt/Cruise days, most of these where a taught, but a couple where I was a lucky participant! 6 visits to guilds to provide lectures and workshops! 22 workshop days at various shops usually involving 2 or more hours of travel each way! 6 shows including NQA in Little Rock.  1 Guest Artist appearance at a show where I was a vendor had a special exhibit and daily bed-turnings.

4 days of Farm Camp for the Grandkids, 7 days of Camp Dee-Dee with the Grandkids!  Enjoyed 2 plays that my granddaughter was in, baseball games for the grandson as well as other family time events!

And along the way I finished a few quilts, a couple of them were started prior to 2015, but many were started and made it to top stage in 2015.  I also quilted several quilts for customers (but not as many as I used to!)

Here are most of the finishes for 2015….

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The original “One” was my first finish of 2015. Be sure to look at the close-up photo of the beading a fellow quilter added for me!
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While in Little Rock a delightful quilter offered to bead my quilt for me – it was already quilted but she very carefully hand stitched each bead on, only going through the top layers! She even put the binding on it before shipping it back to me! I just love quilters! Pattern “One”
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My 2nd “One” of the year! I have another one that just needs the leaf stitched down! I look forward to teaching this quilt again and again! It is fun!
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Paradise in Blooms, started, finished, quilted and bound in 2015! WooHoo!
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A beauty that was started this year – but I may need to go visit my friend Lisa at Compass Point Quilts in NH to finish it!
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Tea Time Placemats. I love making these leaf quilts. I have kits and patterns available at my online store.
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Vintage Compass – made as a sample for Pinwheels and Posies in Dickinson, TX. They have kits!
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My 2nd Prismatic Star of the year. I cannot get enough of this quilt! It is so quick and easy to make. Kits and pattern available at my online store.
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Paddlewheel using Judy and Judel Niemeyers fabric collection, Reclaimed West. Pattern is still available at my online store. All fabrics were donated by Timeless Treasures and I did a 2 part blog tutorial for how I made this quilt. See part 1 here.
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Landscape table runner made and kitted for the cruise I taught on in May. All kits are pre-cut ready to sew! Including the papers for one table runner. Kit includes papers to make 3 more quilts, they just aren’t precut! I have included a photo of the back of this quilt so you can see my “upside down” quilting!
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The back of my Landscapes Table Runner so you can see the quilting. This backing fabric was approx 24″ wide, purchased on Maui in 2001, just waiting for the perfect quilt.
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A small sample made to show the fabrics in kits I have available when teaching Seasonal Table Runner/Table Topper.
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This quilt is at Hancocks of Paducah right now so I am using the new coversheet for the photo. I made this quilt for Quiltworx, while I was there in July. Constellation is from the book Geese Migrations; available on my site!
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Vintage Compass made for Certified Shop Pinwheels and Posies.  Kits available from them!
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Osprey’s Nest, downsized. OK I got really tired of making geese – so I figured out what I could make with all those fabulous log cabin blocks and the geese I had done. So far 1 table topper, 1 table runner and 2 placemats. I will also have the mirror image of the table topper when I am done! Pattern available on the site!
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Dancing in the Moonlight! A silhouette of my granddaughter from a photo where she was dancing at camp in 2014. A friend took the tiny photo and made it life size for me. The blocks in the background are Garden Wall and available on the site. I used an ombre for my backgrounds and a Judy Niemeyer Bali pre-sorted Pops set for the accents.
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Some of the piecing for this quilt was started many moons (aka years) ago. AndSewItBegan asked me to come teach this at her retreat house so I figured I better get it together. I used a Kaufman Khaki for the background and hand-dyes for the accent fabrics. This pattern is Southern Beauty aka Sleeping Beauty by Sue Garman. Don’t you love Sue’s work?
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This year I joined the Luling Fiber Arts group and our leader, Kelly, taught us how to make this fun convergence quilt. This quilt is small but was made in 2 hours, including all cutting!
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Those are all silks on the wall, my WoodCarvers star is in progress! Any bets on a finish date? Pattern uses the new lone star technique and is available on the site!
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I cannot take all the credit for this one. Most of the paper-piecing was done while in Montana, but not by me. My 3 Australian friends did not bring enough of their own projects so they worked on mine! This quilt is called Chasing Rainbows and can be found in the Geese Migrations Book (available on this site). I used 2 different ombre fabrics for the color and black batik. I hope to have kits for this quilt very soon.
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These 4 quilts were completed by me to be donated to our local first responders! They will be quilted very soon!
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My version of Prairie Pinwheels. This quilt was fun and easy to make and I was able to use all stash fabrics! What a great quilt for a young child! Pattern available at my online store.
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Not finished but wanted to include it. I need to piece and add the borders. This pattern is called Indian Summer and is available at my online store. This sample is made with lots of Kaffe Fassett fabrics and black/whites. All purchased at Pinwheels and Posies Quilt Shop.
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Diamond Wedding Ring NEW version! I made the original version many many years ago and let me tell you it was not for the faint of heart. There were at least 8 billion Y seams! This quilt is assembled with ZERO Y seams. Quick and easy paper-piecing and custom creative grids rulers make this quilt a snap! Rulers and patterns available in the store! All fabrics (except the outer border) were purchased in June 2015 from Valli and Kim in Dripping Springs, TX. The background has all kinds of appropriate sayings for a couple in love!
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Fractured Paint Box – she’s a little loud but was so fun to make. The center is made from a very dark green accent and Kaufman solids strip set. The border was left over backing from a wedding quilt I made a couple of years ago; purchased in Maui when we attended the wedding! I love destination weddings – how about you?
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I have ended the year with “Three” I started this on Christmas Day, it went very quickly. Kits will be available on my site soon! This one is called Lemons, Limes and Satsumas; we had those 3 trees in our backyard before we moved. Picking fresh fruit around Christmas each year and burying your nose in the fabulous blossoms each spring. I miss those trees!
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A year in the review. Of course there are other quilts that are started but I did not include! I have to save something for next year right? (as I look at this photo I realize there is one here that did not get featured above)

 

Let’s all make 2016 fabulous!

Dee

One – Applique of the Leaf

You’ve been asking for it and here it finally is!  A tutorial for how I like to appliqué vines and similar quilt elements.  I am using the pattern “One” by Quiltworx for my example.

The first thing you need to do is determine how wide you want your vein.  I have 2 samples here.  Captains Wheel is the first one, it has a very thin “rope”.  The next is ONE and I used a wider cut strip for this one.  I make a sample out of scrap fabric and just do the steps to see what I will like.  Be sure to use contrasting fabrics for your sample.

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This is “rope” on my Captain’s Wheel quilt. I have placed the dime so you can see how small this one finishes. This strip was cut 1″
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Here it is folded in half and stitched down
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This one is 1 1/2″. Press wrong sides together, like a binding strip
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Here it is pressed
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Stitch down with a straight stitch. All raw edges together. I used 1/4″ seam here
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Stitched – ready to iron
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Now iron!
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Do NOT trim before ironing!  In this sample I did trim before ironing – OOPS!
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In this photo I trimmed the end before I ironed – DO NOT DO THIS! IRON FIRST!
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See what happened, after I pressed?  The angle is wrong!  Now I have 2 options, I can take the whole thing off and restitch — or – I can just trim the end of the leaf a little bit?  What do you think I did?
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Now place the second side, leave each end a little long so you can fold it over for a nice finish.  If you are comparing my sample to the pattern you will notice I switched sides for the long/short edges.  It’s your quilt!

 

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Stitch using approximately 1/4″ seam allowance, all raw edges lined up
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PRESS – this is the top of the leaf.  See how much length I left?
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Pressed – determine how long you want the stem at the bottom
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Carefully trim and fold the end over for a nice finish
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The stem at the bottom of the leaf  after I have folded the end for a nice finish.  I did take this back to machine and finish stitching to the end at the top and bottom.
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Choose your thread colors, I wanted mine to blend, you may want them to accent. You may also want to use your favorite invisible thread
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I used a button-hole stitch on this one, sometimes I use a tiny zig-zag
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This is what the back looks like. The white straight stitch is from the first line of stitching I did. Then you see the yellow button-hole stitch
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And ONE is DONE!

I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  I plan to do a few more so if you have any gentle critiques please post them in the comments.

Remember I am available to teach at your local quilt shop or your quilt guild.  You can find my schedule here.

 

Woolgathering on a Tuesday

I have a few random thoughts and photos to share with you today!

First sending thoughts and prayers to those who are struggling with things that are beyond their control.  You are loved and it will take some time, but it will get better.  Life is truly good!  But dang some of those bumps in the road are extreme!

I am constantly reminded how amazing God is – we see evidence all around us, but it is the daily reminders that I cherish!

On Monday, March 16th we closed on the sale of our “old” house.  We lived there 18 years and made so many memories there!  As we drove east on I-10 towards Houston there was the most amazing pre-sunrise.  The sky was red in between the clouds.  Hubby was driving so I pulled out my camera and tried to capture it.  You can see the color even with all the noise in the photo.

Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.
Sunrise traveling east on I-10 in the early hours of March 16th.

Later that week I was invited to my friend’s house for a quilt retreat.  There is nothing like time spent with friends that are family!

Each time this little guy would come out we would stop sewing and chatting to just enjoy him.

Swiper!
Swiper!
Swiper!
Swiper!

And the sunsets at her house are phenomenal

Here is the first evening

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And here is the second evening – caught at the perfect moment!

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While I was there I worked on my Paradise in Blooms Quilt – my goal was to have it done!  Ha Ha Ha – I did get the center all done, not completely assembled yet though.  Now I am piecing the outer border to make it queen size.  Maybe this weekend will see a finish!

Laying it out after adding the appliqué
Laying it out after adding the appliqué
Stamp of approval from Ripsy!
Stamp of approval from Ripsy!
Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets - Ripsy likes this too!
Had to move to the other room to see it with the baskets – Ripsy likes this too!

This past weekend I was teaching at a quilt til you wilt at “Country Living Quilts!”  To see photos go check out their Facebook page!  (Or mine, I will post some phone photos there too!)  I arrived home early Sunday evening, as hubby showed me what he had worked on I noticed the moon and Venus? Grabbed the camera and caught this.

A sliver moon and is that Venus?  I know nothing of astronomy!  Sorry folks!
A sliver moon and is that Venus? I know nothing of astronomy! Sorry folks!

And then this morning as I stood at the quilting machine I spied with my little eye the red stag deer.  They were playing on one of our sand piles.  I hope you enjoy!

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Now that I have shared these I can gather some more wool to share later!

Have a great week and maybe I will see you again here in the cyber world before the week is over!

Dee

PS – Timeless Treasures shared my blog tutorial – they have a very nice blog here is the main page so you can see the recent topics!

Paddlewheel Part II

This post is part II of II, to view the first post click HERE.

Today we are piecing our “paddlewheel” blocks, adding our accent border and assembling our quilt top.

The complete written instructions were included in 2 fabulous magazine articles for spring 2015.  The articles introduce you to Quiltworx.com and the Niemeyer family.  All fabrics for my quilt top were donated by Timeless Treasures and part of the “Reclaimed West” collection designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer.

Now we will continue with the tutorial…

You need (12) 6 1/2" squares in varying colors per your color layout.  These MUST be cut accurately, they are not for paper-piecing.
You need (12) 6 1/2″ squares in varying colors per your color layout. These MUST be cut accurately, they are not for paper-piecing.
You need (8) 1 1/2" x 10" strips - these are the accent pieces for the paddle's.
You need (8) 1 1/2″ x 10″ strips – these are the accent pieces for the paddle’s.
8 1/2" square - you need a total of 8 of these in various colors per your color layout.  These are used for paper-piecing so they can be approx. 8 1/2"
8 1/2″ square – you need a total of 8 of these in various colors per your color layout. These are used for paper-piecing so they can be approx. 8 1/2″
Cut the 8 1/2" squares once on the diagonal
Cut the 8 1/2″ squares once on the diagonal
Take one of your triangles from your 8 1/2" squares and lightly glue the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side of the paper.
Take one of your triangles from your 8 1/2″ squares and lightly glue the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side of the paper.
Using your folding template, fold on SOLID line 1, then use your add-a-quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric and create your 1/4" seam allowance.
Using your folding template, fold on SOLID line 1, then use your add-a-quarter ruler to trim away the excess fabric and create your 1/4″ seam allowance.
Slide the accent fabric (1 1/2" x 10") under the piece you just trimmed.  This fabric should be RIGHT side up!
Slide the accent fabric (1 1/2″ x 10″) under the piece you just trimmed. This fabric should be RIGHT side up!
Go to your machine and sew on SOLID line 1
Go to your machine and stitch on SOLID line 1
Then press - this is what it will look like.
Then press – this is what it will look like.
Using your folding template, now fold on SOLID line 2
Using your folding template, now fold on SOLID line 2
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess accent fabric.
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess accent fabric.
Slide the appropriate color triangle RIGHT side up under the piece you just trimmed (in my example this is the yellow with trees).
Slide the appropriate color triangle RIGHT side up under the piece you just trimmed (in my example this is the yellow with trees).  Stitch on SOLID line 2.
Press  and now you are ready to trim.
Press and now you are ready to trim.
Carefully trim on the outside line on all sides of your block
Carefully trim on the outside line on all sides of your block
The finished block
The finished block all trimmed up and ready!
On the design wall (or floor) layout your quilt - adjust the blocks as necessary.  At this point I like to take a photo with my phone; just in case I mix something up!
On the design wall (or floor) layout your quilt – adjust the blocks as necessary. At this point I like to take a photo with my phone; just in case I mix something up!
Now you are ready to start pulling paper off.  Start with Section 10 and work your way back to section 1.  I like to use my fingernail to hold the stitches at the beginning so they do not pull apart as I remove the paper.
Now you are ready to start pulling paper off. Start with Section 10 and work your way back to section 1. I like to use my fingernail to hold the stitches at the beginning so they do not pull apart as I remove the paper.
Carefully progress through the block.
Carefully progress through the block.
Once the paper is all removed; I place my block back on the design wall in it's proper place.
Once the paper is all removed; I place my block back on the design wall in it’s proper place.
Sew the first 2 pairs together and press counter-clockwise from the back.  Now sew the 2 pairs together to make a 4-patch.  BEFORE pressing you need to "unsew" a few stitches so we can spin the center so it lays very flat and will nestle with the next set of seams.
Sew the first 2 pairs together and press counter-clockwise from the back. Now stitch the 2 pairs together to make a 4-patch. BEFORE pressing you need to “un-sew” a few stitches so we can spin the center so it lays very flat and will nestle with the next set of seams.
Carefully unsew to the seam you just sewed and now you will be able to spin the center and ALL of the seams can be pressed counter-clockwise.
Carefully un-sew to the seam you just sewed and now you will be able to spin the center and ALL of the seams can be pressed counter-clockwise.
Another sample - prior to "spin"
Another sample – prior to “spin”
Un-Sew to the seam you just stitched and now you can spin - I like to leave the threads to prevent the threads from attempting to un-sew themselves anymore.
Un-Sew to the seam you just stitched and now you can spin – I like to leave the threads to prevent the threads from attempting to un-sew themselves anymore.
And here are your 4 quadrants all sewn
And here are your 4 quadrants all sewn
You will repeat the "un-sew and spin" step as you sew your quadrants together.
You will repeat the “un-sew and spin” step as you sew your quadrants together.
Now we have 2 halves
Now we have 2 halves
And with our final seam the center is done.  Don't forget to "un-sew and spin" this final seam.
And with our final seam the center is done. Don’t forget to “un-sew and spin” this final seam.

NOW for my favorite part!  I use this technique anytime I want to add a “skinny” accent border.  I don’t have to do any math as I am not changing the size of any existing pieces, I am just overlaying an accent piece.  Find a project and TRY THIS – you will love it!

Take your 1 1/2" x 27" strips, carefully press in half lengthwise - WRONG sides together
Take your 1 1/2″ x 27″ strips, carefully press in half lengthwise – WRONG sides together
Pressed
Pressed
Line up the raw edge of your quilt center with the bottom raw edge of your accent and glue (or pin) together
Line up the raw edge of your quilt center with the bottom raw edge of your accent and glue (or pin) together
This photo shows the two glued together - do not glue the accent closed!
This photo shows the two glued together – do not glue the accent closed!

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Go to your machine and with a normal stitch length - sew right in the fold
Go to your machine and with a normal stitch length – stitch right in the fold
See my stitches?  Once you have completed the sewing on 2 sides of your top, press accent in half again so it lays flat.  Then add the last 2 sides of accent to your quilt center
See my stitches? Once you have completed the sewing on 2 sides of your top, press accent in half again so it lays flat. Then add the last 2 sides of accent to your quilt center
Here I am getting ready to glue the last 2 sides to the quilt center
Here I am getting ready to glue the last 2 sides to the quilt center
This photo shows the center with the accent pieces added.
This photo shows the center with the accent pieces added.
Now sew the side blocks together and the top/bottom blocks together.
Now stitch the side blocks together and the top/bottom blocks together.
Sew the sides on to your quilt center
Sew the sides on to your quilt center
Add the last 2 borders and you have finished your quilt top.
Add the last 2 borders and you have finished your quilt top.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful!  I hope you will no longer be intimidated by paper-piecing!  You can click here to shop for a pattern and get started on your project today!

Dee

 

Up a Creek with a PaddleWheel

This is my first attempt with a tutorial.  I welcome constructive feedback.  I am not a technical writer and my chosen style is to try to put it in words how I would verbally teach it.  So “listen” to my words as much or more than you “read” them.

The pattern I have chosen is “Paddlewheel” by Judy Niemeyer Quilting.  Judy’s company, Quiltworx was recently highlighted in 2 major quilting magazines and this pattern was included as part of articles.

I am a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor and love teaching her patterns and techniques at quilt shops and guilds across the country (and beyond with a quilters cruise in May!)

There are some tools that are recommended for our techniques.

-Water soluble glue stick
-3″x 12″ folding template (this is template plastic)
-add-a-quarter ruler – I love the new 2 1/2″ wide one, but it is 18″ long
(so I have my hubby cut it at the 6″ mark and now you have an approx. 6″ and 12″)

Before we can begin you need to cut out your papers!  Quiltworx prints these on newsprint for us making it easier to remove the papers at the end!  When trimming papers, be sure to leave at least 1/8″ all the way around the pieces.

Now let’s begin!

Here is my Paddlewheel quilt – there is a contest going until April – if you use fabrics from the “Reclaimed West” collection you are eligible!

Today’s post is for the “Goose” block!
(I will do the other block and assembly tomorrow)

This is the quilt we are making!  My sample block is the one in the lower left corner.
This is the quilt we are making! My sample block is the one in the lower left corner.
Here is our pattern and some of our fabric choices.
Here is our pattern and some of the fabrics I get to choose from!

The pattern is written for the cream and blue in the upper left in the above photo!  I have chosen different fabrics for mine and made notes on my pattern which colors replace which fabrics!

Once we have our fabrics chosen we are ready to cut out the pieces.  Quiltworx patterns take the guess-work out of cutting the pieces for paper-piecing.  We will be using “Template Layout Sheets”  These are simply pre-printed papers that tell you exactly where to cut your fabric.  They are clearly labeled as you cut so there is no guess-work when you get ready to sew.

There are helpful notes on the template layout sheets - this one requires 10" squares and all fabrics to be stacked right side up
There are helpful notes on the template layout sheets – this one requires 10″ squares and all fabrics to be stacked right side up
This is the "Template Layout Sheet"  It is used to cut your fabrics the proper shape and size for paper-piecing!
This is the “Template Layout Sheet” It is used to cut your fabrics the proper shape and size for paper-piecing!
I don't have to have EXACTLY 10" - I need approximately 10"  If I was using a "pre-cut" there would be not measuring or trimming.  I am using yardage generously donated by Timeless Treasures Fabrics so I have some cutting to do.
I don’t have to have EXACTLY 10″ – I need approximately 10″ If I was using a “pre-cut” there would be not measuring or trimming. I am using yardage generously donated by Timeless Treasures Fabrics so I have some cutting to do.
I use the template layout sheet to determine what size to cut my fabric - no measuring!
I use the template layout sheet to determine what size to cut my fabric – no measuring!
And I will also trim off this excess fabric - just close to the outside line!
And I will also trim off this excess fabric – just close to the outside line!  Then I begin to place large paper-clips on each piece I will be cutting out.  This will secure the paper with all the good information to the fabric pieces!
The template layout sheet is numbered for the order to cut each line.  Here I am cutting line 1, then line 2 etc.
The template layout sheet is numbered for the order to cut each line. Here I am cutting line 1, then line 2 etc.  I use my Add-A-Quarter ruler as it stands over the paper-clips and will not slip as easily.  (In the photo I have not added all of the clips yet)
All the pieces are cut in the 1st stack.  To the right is the 2nd stack as I need 2 stacks to make this quilt.
All the pieces are cut in the 1st stack. To the right is the 2nd stack as I need 2 stacks to make this quilt.  (In this photo you can see the placement for the paper-clips)
Here are both stacks cut - the stack on the right has BLUE on top, the left stack BLACK.
Here are both stacks cut – the stack on the right has BLUE on top, the left stack BLACK.  (I am going to trade the BLUE triangles with the BLACK triangles)
Here I have traded the geese (triangle shape) between the left stack and the right stack. (See the blue poking out on the right side?  With the BLACK geese)
Here I have traded the geese (triangle shape) between the left stack and the right stack. (See the blue poking out on the right side? With the BLACK geese)
Once I have "swapped" the geese I line up the pieces by section #
Once I have “swapped” the geese I line up the pieces by section #.  Section 1 is on the left and section 10 is on the right.  All of the pieces (except section 1) have the words SEW SIDE on them, you want these to all point the same direction, in this photo all SEW SIDEs are to the right!
Prior to starting the next step it is recommended that you place your sewing paper on a light box (or window) upside down, trace the DASHED lines on to the back of the paper.  (If you are experienced with paper piecing this step may be skipped.
Prior to starting the next step it is recommended that you place your sewing paper on a light box (or window) upside down, trace the DASHED lines on to the back of the paper. (If you are experienced with paper piecing this step may be skipped.
Now this is section 1.  (please pretend it is black fabric, I forgot to take a photo of this step with black fabric.  TURN the section one fabrics upside down so you are looking at the WRONG side of the fabric.
Now this is section 1. (please pretend it is black fabric, I forgot to take a photo of this step with black fabric. TURN the section one fabrics upside down so you are looking at the WRONG side of the fabric.
Using a water soluble glue - glue the WRONG side of section 1 to the WRONG side of the paper.  You will see your traced lines to aid you in fabric placement.  (once again pretend this fabric is black!
Using a water soluble glue – glue the WRONG side of section 1 to the WRONG side of the paper. You will see your traced lines to aid you in fabric placement. (once again pretend this fabric is black!)
Now place your folding template (template plastic 3" by 12") on SOLID line 1  as shown in photo
Now place your folding template (template plastic 3″ by 12″) on SOLID line 1 as shown in photo (see now it is black fabric!)
Fold the paper back (solid line one)
Fold the paper back (solid line one)
Place your add-a-quarter ruler against the folded paper
Place your add-a-quarter ruler against the folded paper
Used your rotary cutter and trimming away the excess fabric, leaving your 1/4" seam allowance
Used your rotary cutter and trimming away the excess fabric, leaving your 1/4″ seam allowance
Now to add section 2.  You ALWAYS want to place this so the words "sew side" are away from you.  This makes lining this piece up a breeze!
Now to add section 2. You ALWAYS want to place this so the words “sew side” are away from you. This makes lining this piece up a breeze!  (No dashed lines on this piece in a couple of photos you will see WHY the dashed lines are nice)
Here I am pulling the 1st fabric off the stack (right side up)
Here I am pulling the 1st fabric off the stack (right side up) (Still no dashed lines)
and sliding it under section one, where we just trimmed using our add-a-quarter ruler.  I have placed the paper here only for your reference.  The piece of red fabric is UNDER the black piece.  The fabrics are "Right Sides Together"
and sliding it under section one, where we just trimmed using our add-a-quarter ruler. I have placed the paper here only for your reference. The piece of red fabric is UNDER the black piece. The fabrics are “Right Sides Together”  SEE THE DASHED LINES?    For the purpose of this tutorial I am showing the pertinent dashed lines, you would have all your dashed lines showing.

WE are ready to sew now.  Set your stitch length to 1.5-1.7, use a size 70 microtex sharp needle and a sewing foot without the little 1/4″ ledge.  WHY a size 70 you ask?  Each time we take a stitch we push fiber dust and a little bit of paper into our machine, with a 70 sharp we will push a lot less trash into our bobbin area!)

Now I am at my sewing machine, I have placed my presser foot on solid line 1 and I will sew all the way along the solid line, including the seam allowances.  (See the red fabric poking out?)
Now I am at my sewing machine, I have placed my presser foot on solid line 1 and I will sew all the way along the solid line, including the seam allowances. (See the red fabric poking out?)
After I have sewed this is what it looks like and I am ready to press.
After I have sewed this is what it looks like and I am ready to press.
And here I have pressed.  Don't worry that the edges are not even, these will be trimmed as we progress through the block.
And here I have pressed. Don’t worry that the edges are not even, these will be trimmed as we progress through the block.
Before I can trim to add the next piece, I need to gently pull the paper away from the sewn line in the seam allowance.
Before I can trim to add the next piece, I need to gently pull the paper away from the sewn line in the seam allowance.
Another view of how I gently pull the fabric from the seam allowance so I will be able to fold and trim
Another view of how I gently pull the fabric from the seam allowance so I will be able to fold and trim
Notice I pulled it way back from the edge, this will allow all the straggly threads to be trimmed as I progress.
Notice I pulled it way back from the edge, this will allow all the straggly threads to be trimmed as I progress.
Take your folding template and fold on SOLID line 2
Take your folding template and fold on SOLID line 2
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric.  You should have some of each fabric to trim away.  If not you may not have placed your 2nd piece of fabric properly.
Use your add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric. You should have some of each fabric to trim away. If not you may not have placed your 2nd piece of fabric properly.
Now I am ready to add section 3.  (Notice the sew side is away from me)
Now I am ready to add section 3. (Notice the sew side is away from me)
I pull the top piece of fabric off the stack
I pull the top piece of fabric off the stack
Place it under the area I marked off when I traced the dashed lines.  Now I will go to my machine and sew on SOLID line 2
Place it under the area I marked off when I traced the dashed lines. Now I will go to my machine and sew on SOLID line 2
My line is sewn and I am ready to press
My line is sewn and I am ready to press
And I have pressed
And I have pressed
This photo allows you to clearly see where I started and stopped my sewing!
This photo allows you to clearly see where I started and stopped my sewing!
And this photo shows you where I gently pulled the paper back from the stitches so I will be able to "fold & trim"
And this photo shows you where I gently pulled the paper back from the stitches so I will be able to “fold & trim”
I place my folding template on SOLID line 3 and fold back the paper.
I place my folding template on SOLID line 3 and fold back the paper.
I use my add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric.
I use my add-a-quarter ruler and trim away the excess fabric.
The excess fabric after trimming.
The excess fabric after trimming.
With my sew side away from me - I pull the top fabric off the stack of SECTION 4 fabrics
With my sew side away from me – I pull the top fabric off the stack of SECTION 4 fabrics

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This photo shows you where you should see your fabric "under" the paper to know you have placed it properly.
This photo shows you where you should see your fabric “under” the paper to know you have placed it properly.
This is AFTER I have sewn section 4 - see next photo....
This is AFTER I have sewn section 4 – see next photo….
Notice now that I have pressed, you cannot see any of my notes - that tells me that I have placed my fabric properly
Notice now that I have pressed, you cannot see any of my notes – that tells me that I have placed my fabric properly
Here I have gently pulled the paper back from my stitches.  Don't worry if the paper tears a little extra bit, that just makes it easier to pull off later!
Here I have gently pulled the paper back from my stitches. Don’t worry if the paper tears a little extra bit, that just makes it easier to pull off later!
Place your folding template on SOLID line 4 and fold.
Place your folding template on SOLID line 4 and fold.
Used your add a quarter ruler and trim the excess.  If you have nothing to trim OR a LOT to trim - stop and check before trimming!
Used your add a quarter ruler and trim the excess. If you have nothing to trim OR a LOT to trim – stop and check before trimming!
See the red fabric - I have already placed SECTION 5 under my trimmed piece.
See the red fabric – I have already placed SECTION 5 under my trimmed piece.
OOPS!  See the traced line?  That means that I did not place SECTION 5 properly (the red triangle).  I need to un-sew this and scoot it over and re-sew
OOPS! See the traced line? That means that I did not place SECTION 5 properly (the red triangle). I need to un-sew this and scoot it over and re-sew
See how far to the left that red fabric is?  That is why it did not line up properly!
See how far to the left that red fabric is? That is why it did not line up properly!
See the little red corners on the left and right?  Much better!
See the little red corners on the left and right? Much better!
Now when I press I have covered my traced lines!
Now when I press I have covered my traced lines!
Gently pull back the paper and trim on SOLID line 5.
Gently pull back the paper and trim on SOLID line 5.

Now we are to LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT stage – just keep on with what you have been doing.  Only instead of lather, rinse, repeat – you have a couple of choices of acronyms

TSP (teaspoon) – stands for TRIM, SEW, PRESS (I believe Carol Doak coined this acronym.

SIFT – Sew, Iron, Fold, Trim – I am not sure the origin of this acronym, it was shared by one of my students.

Once all 10 pieces of fabric have been added you are ready for the next steps!

Here is our little block all finished up
Here is our little block all finished up
Here is the back side - it is time to CAREFULLY trim the edges.
Here is the back side – it is time to CAREFULLY trim the edges.
Because we left at least an 1/8" all the way around the block we can clearly see where to trim on the OUTER line!
Because we left at least an 1/8″ all the way around the block we can clearly see where to trim on the OUTER line!
I like to use my add-a-quarter ruler because I can line up the "1/4" on the inside line as a double check!
I like to use my add-a-quarter ruler because I can line up the “1/4” on the inside line as a double check!
Here I have carefully trimmed all the sides
Here I have carefully trimmed all the sides
Isn't it pretty?
Isn’t it pretty?

Now that you have made one block, I encourage you to “chain-piece” the remaining blocks.  This will speed up the process A LOT!!!  I love chain-piecing!

For chain-piecing I will glue all the SECTION 1's in place, Fold and Trim all Line 1's and now I am ready to add the 2nd piece of fabric and sew
For chain-piecing I will glue all the SECTION 1’s in place, Fold and Trim all Line 1’s and now I am ready to add the 2nd piece of fabric and sew

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and look forward to you joining me for tomorrow’s post as well!

Dee