|My tiny ice cream cone- This block is 5.5" x 7"|
I used this tutorial and my handy-dandy Add-a-Quarter ruler. (Thanks Courtney!)
That ruler is super as it adds your seam allowance and makes it much easier to paper piece. There are lots of tips and tutorials for using the Add-A-Quarter on their website. I've actually spoken to Carolyn, the lady that designed the Add-a-Quarter ruler, and she is super helpful.
She also recommended using the add-a-quarter ruler when you sew with a template by cutting on the stitching line then you can use the add-a-quarter ruler to add a seam allowance without cutting your template. This might work great for all of you farmer's wives out there!
OK, so back to paper piecing:
Gail, a fellow CLTMQG member, taught a workshop on paper piecing recently and she recommends using a fabric glue stick to dab a little on your first piece of fabric to adhere it to the paper. Don't forget to shorten your stitch length too.
Gail's a big fan of Carol Doak's paper and her website. There are lots of free paper piecing patterns on there too, including one on designing your own blocks.
Sewing Summit to give paper piecing another try. I think it might be something that gets easier with practice...
What are your thoughts about paper piecing? Have you made your own patterns?