Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Super Top Secret Sewing

This past weekend was a holiday weekend here in Ireland.  I was lucky enough to have Monday off, giving me LOTS of sewing time.  I sewed so much that by the second afternoon I felt like I needed a sewing break!  Now that's crazy talk.

What did I stitch?  Most of my time was spent sewing a super top secret project that needs to be finished in the next few weeks.  I had finished foundation pieing my scrappy strips a while ago (using a tutorial by Coriander Quilts) so this weekend I added on the side triangles.  Here I am using Essex Linen in Medium Aqua.  I'm delighted with my background color choice.  Adding on the side triangles gave me a bit of time to pay better attention and visit with each of my favorite fabrics.  I even found a few accidental fussy cuts!



I ripped out the foundation paper from all 72 diamond shapes.  Nearly lost my mind doing that, so I had to watch a movie or two while ripping....


Even though foundation paper piecing is usually very exact, my biased side triangles got a bit wonky with ironing.  I had to do a bit of trimming, which made the final blocks less wonky.  Thank goodness I took the time to do that or else you'd find me in the loony bin today.


Eight little subunits became four quarter squares and eventually half blocks.  I love how quickly block come together at the end of piecing a top.  All of the preparation finally becomes rewarding.


In this project the seams could (did!) get quite bulky, so I pressed open at nearly every opportunity.  It's not my favorite thing to do as I burn my fingers as much as I press seams, but you do what you have to do.


The top is finished now (woo hoo!) and the back pieced.  I am absolutely delighted to be this close to finished.  It's going to my friend Liz to be professionally quilted.  With all of those little seams weakened by ripping out the paper, I want to be sure it's securely quilted before it goes to its forever home.  Into the post today!  

This is number seven on my FAL 2016 list.  Getting closer to checking it off!  

7 comments:

Sharon J. Hughson said...

I use a chop stick for pressing open seams. Helps me.

Wendy said...

If you're going to press seams open, you need a mini iron. No more burnt fingers. It's also great for foundation pp too as you can put it next to.your machine

Shasta Matova said...

Your mystery project is intriguing. Looks like it will be a terrific project from what I see so far! I haven't mastered paper piecing, but I haven't tried much, because of the issues you mentioned.

helenjean@midgetgemquilts said...

Too much foundation paper piecing would put anybody in the looney bin. Great tip for chop sticks, saves the gel nails

Tina said...

Love that little duck! Can't wait to see this when it's finished!

Tomomi McElwee said...

Looks great. Happy and cheerful colours as always.

Archie the wonder dog said...

Love that background colour!

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