Here is a little step by step for the Treasure Hunt block I asked for in the stash bee.
- Dark teal,
- Dark pink,
- Medium gray,
- Text fabric that would read like a light grey (If you don’t have any text fabric you can use low volume with black on white fabric , or even a light grey print)
- Olive green
I went totally scrappy for this block (I thought it would help all the blocks to blend better) so I used a different print for each cut. If you don’t have enough of a color, you can double them up. It’s what I did for the dark pink. I only had 4 prints and needed 8 cuts.
If you’re not sure about a print or a color, feel free to ask 🙂 Anything modern will surely work fine but I’m not a fan of batik fabrics 😀
Here are a few selections of fabrics that would work. I hope it will give you a better idea than just the block.
It’s also written on the pattern but it goes like that:
The rectangles specified above already take in consideration the extra fabric needed when paper piecing, you don’t need to cut them bigger.
It’s called the TREASURE HUNT block and it’s a block from the Bee Hive on the blog :Blossom heart quilts.
You can download the pattern I modified by clicking on it. (hoping it will make the process easier) You need to print it twice, so you’ll end up with 4 quadrant patterns.
Or you can download the original pattern on Alyce’s site here . (the only difference is there’s no color dots)
Here is how I do it. I don’t know if it’s the correct way, or the best way , I only started paper piecing this winter, but it worked very well so far on every kind of paper piecing patterns.
1 Preparing the pattern:
Start by making sure that your pattern is printed in the correct size. There should be a square test or you can check the outer mesure of the block:
When you’re sure your pattern is the correct size cut it out roughly. I like to keep some extra paper around my block, so when I have to square it up at the end, I’m sure I can cut on the line or keep my block the right size (sometimes whith sewing/ pressing/ sewing/… The paper tends to kind of shrink). I also like to put the fabrics’s colors on it if it’s not already done. It eliminates the thinking during the process of sewing the blocks. Generally I like to think and prepare everything that can be first, so that I have less to think about after. And it also helps to spot problems or errors before it’s too late.
When My paper block is ready, I organise my fabrics quarter by quarter in the right order:
2 Step by step:
In paper piecing you simply have to follow the numbers 😀 Usually the order is not just random, it has been well thought.
As I said earlier, the rectangles that you’ve cut for this block are already including a little extra fabric to be comfortable while paper piecing .
1/ So we’ll start whith A1 which should be dark teal, and we will place the fabric with its right side facing the table. Then we will put the pattern on top of it , the printed side facing up:
2/ Then using a window, a light box, or simply putting your paper and fabric in front of a light, make sure that your fabric is correctly placed. It should be bigger than our usual 1/4″ seam allowance on every side of the A1 piece. Pay attention to the end corners and make sure that they are covered by the fabric :
To make sure my fabric will stay put, I like use a little dab of glue stick to keep it in place. (for my first paper pattern I didn’t have any watersoluble glue pen so I used my regular UHU paper glue stick and it worked perfectly. As long as you put just a little bit and since it’s on the back of the fabric…… 😀 )
3/ Once my first piece of fabric is in place, I fold the pattern using a metal ruler ( a quilting ruler can work fine) that I place right on my sewing line between A1 and A2. I use my finger to fold the paper along the ruler::
4/ Then you will use the edge of the fold (representing your sewing line) to cut the extra width of fabric in order to get a 1/4″ seam allowance:
5/ Then take your next piece of fabric (that would be A2), put it right side up, and then center your pattern on top of it and allign the two fabrics. They should be right side against right side :
6/ Then off you go to the sewing machine!! You should use a 1.5 stitch lengh and sew right on top of the line between A1 and A 2. As the Pieces go from one side of the pattern to the other, I like to stitch all the way through the outside seam allowances, so to help me, I like to continue the stitching line with a pen before stitching :
7/ Then you can press your fabric open. (we will keep the extra fabric around our bloc during all the process and only trim it at the end):
Now we are going to add A3 and to do so we are going to repeat steps 3 to 7!
Once you have all your strips of fabrics sewn together you can trim the block at 6,5″. Using a rotating cutting mat can be a good idea 😀 :
Then you only need to peal off the paper!!! It’s my favorite part of the process 😀 It reminds me of my childhood when I used to tear off the stamps for my mum and it was such a great pleasure!!!
3 Three other quarters
Now that we have our first quarter, we simply have to do exactly the same for the 3 left quarters! 😀 Actually when piecing this block, I sew the four quarters at a time.
I prepare A1 on each four patterns, then place A2 on each of them and off to the sewing machine I go! And I repeat the process for all 6 stripes. The only thing is to be organised and label everything clearly so you don’t get mixed up and put the wrong fabric in the wrong quarter. (you shouldn’t put the wrong color in the wrong place as you have the color on the pattern it’s easy to check that you are doing it right! 😀
When your 4 quarters are sewn and trimmed, your can sew them 2 by 2. They should line up perfectly since they are paper pieced! (that’s why I looove papaer piecing: precision! 😀 )
Press the seams open, and sew the two halfs together. Press the seam open and you’re done!!! Your final block should be 12,5″.
I’m sorry this was a long post but I tried to make it as clear as possible. I hope this step by step block will be helpful to some people, it took me so much time to do it! 😀 And it makes me want to thank even more all the awesome quilters around the web who provide us with tutorials, paterns…. They rock!
This is what the final layout should look like. I might give it twist, I’m not sure yet.
I wish you a happy sewing!!! Oh! and if you have any comment , good tip to share for paper piecing… feel free to comment! 😀