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A Paper-Piecing Method Alternative
From: Mary C
a tip that may help other spatially challenged users of your patterns.
I have made the Family Tree (twice), one of the borders, and now I am working
on the Bowl of Shells.
As you know, the latter has many small polygons
and small sharp triangles. Butterfly imagery and rough cutting the shape out of
the fabric doesnt work for me. No matter how hard I try, I just cant
see how to sew angled pieces together so they cover the pattern area. Pinning
doesnt help. The following method works for me.
I make a second copy
of the pattern. Working one section at a time, cut out the individual pieces and
lightly glue them to the wrong side of the corresponding fabric using a water
soluble fabric glue stick. On a cutting mat, cut out each piece with a rotary
cutter using an add-a-quarter ruler. Alternatively, draw the ¼ inch seam
allowance with a disappearing ink fabric pen and cut out the pieces with scissors.
Both methods work equally well and help ensure the sewn edge is on the straight
of grain wherever possible. Because of all the small pieces, be careful to keep
each section together I put them in envelopes. Before sewing each piece
to the paper pattern, I remove the glued on piece. This doesnt add any time
to the project. In fact, when I get ready to sew, all the pieces are already cut
from the correct fabric, with the proper angles, and are easy for me to piece
together. The sewing is more efficient and goes more quickly because I dont
have to rummage through the various fabrics used in the project.
the challenge of your patterns and the results as spectacular. But I had a love-hate
relationship with them until I used this method. Thank you for your designs and
a great web site.
From: Dorothy Goodman
I just read
your suggestion for seam ripping' 101, and I would like to tell you how we do
it. My mom and I sew together, and inevitably we do a lot of seam ripping. We
use our rotary cutter to get the job done. We first stabilize one piece of the
fabric to be ripped under the sewing machine foot. Then we pull up the other piece,
exposing the seam, and gently touch the stitches with the blade of the rotary
cutter, keeping pressure to open the seam. This way, there is less chance of cutting
the fabric with the scissors, and the seam is gone lickity split. I hope this
I would love for you to post it - but please give the credit
to my mom, Dorothy Goodman. It was her idea. Thanks!