Showing posts with label Directional Prints. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Directional Prints. Show all posts

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Up the Ante #2 - Paper Foundation Piecing and Directional Prints


Had I known how easy Paper Foundation Piecing is, I might have started earlier exploring it. As mentioned in a previous post, I recently started a Craftsy class with Elizabeth Dackson called Start Foundation Paper Piecing  and am really enjoying the process so far. Let me show you some of the blocks that were provided with the class materials. 


Puppilalla Paper Foundation Piecing Sampler Quilt Blocks

For the ‘Vortex’ block  (a) and the ‘Starbust’ block (b) I stuck to the instructions but once I felt comfortable, I altered the 'Starflower' (c) and 'Monarch Block' (d) a bit. I started by scaling the templates down as I did not want them all to be the same size. The 'Starflower' is therefore now only a quarter of the size of the ‘Vortex’ or ‘Starbust’ block. 

Puppilalla Paper Foundation Piecing Sampler Quilt Blocks template

















I also added a few more lines to the template, which changes the design somewhat but I like it better this way. 

Puppilalla Paper Foundation Piecing Sampler Quilt Blocks Starflower



The ‘Monarch’ block too was scaled down and I had a hard time to decide the colour placement. I am content with outcome though the hot neon pink pushed me a bit out of my comfort zone. I am counting on it to blend in with the blues and low volume fabrics in the finished sampler quilt.

Puppilalla Paper Foundation Piecing Sampler Quilt Monarch Block

I also found it challenging to work with directional prints trying to make sure they remain aligned rather than going all over the place. With having to flip the templates over for sewing, I had to think sideways at times to try to keep count of where individual fabric pieces would end up in the finished block. =)

Puppilalla Finished Paper Foundation Piecing Sampler Quilt Blocks






















Also have a look at these lovely star themed paper foundation templates Cath Hall so generously provides free of charge on her blog Wombat Quilts. I am thinking about making one or two to go with the ‘Starflower’ block.