Recently it was suggested that I write a tutorial on how to convert a traditional standard piecing template for a quilt block into a paper-pieced template. You might want to do this if the quilt block in question has lots of weird shapes or Y-seams (aka set-in seams). The block we’re going to work with […]
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Tutorial: How to Paper Piece (the lazy way)
I’ve been meaning to write this paper-piecing tutorial for aaaaaages. I love to paper piece (or foundation piece, depending on your side of the pond). No, not little paper hexies sewn painstakingly by hand, but rather sewing fabric to paper to achieve a level of accuracy very difficult to achieve in traditional piecing. Most often I […]
Conversion Project: Apple Pie Block (free pattern!)
So yesterday I saw this spectacular Apple Pie block by @heyporkchop and I knew I must have it. After a little conversation, googling, and otherwise exploring I’ve found this to be a traditional pattern, but I don’t have any info on the background of it. I’ve ordered Block Base (!!) so hopefully I’ll have more […]
Conversion Project: X Plus FREE PATTERN
The X Plus block made its rounds last year. I really liked the quilts I saw but never got around to making any blocks. I finally sat down with Badskirt’s tutorial earlier this week, looked at the instructions, and promptly said huh uh. No way. Not happening. I have a couple of issues here: first, […]
Conversion Project: Spider Web
The conversion block this week is called Spider Web. It’s not what we think of now as a spider web block actually, but that’s what it was named when it was published originally in 1938. I’ve decided that in order to move ahead with the conversion project and finish it before the end of the […]
Conversion Project: Castle Wall Pattern PDF Now Available!
Man, I’m really cranking out the patterns in 2014! My goal is to make 12 total conversion patterns, and this one is #6, technically. (I don’t count fire star, it’s just a variation of ice star.) So a few weeks ago on Sew, Mama, Sew Amy from Badskirt shared how to make some glorious Castle Wall […]
Conversion Project: Caesar’s Crown PDF Pattern Now Available!
I LOVE THIS PATTERN. That is all. I did my mockup with Catnap, obviously because one must. Mom made the tester for me, and she used a bit of Indian Summer and Les Amis. They turned out to go really well together! The original Caesar’s Crown pattern is technically curved around the star in the […]
Bethlehem Star/Dutch Rose PDF Pattern available!
Just a quick but fun-fulled update this morning. I’ve been doing some research, and I feel that I can safely release my Bethlehem Star/Dutch Rose paper pieced conversion pattern for you all to download. 😀 This is a traditional pattern that was first published in the 1930’s, recently made popular again under another name. Here’s […]
Free Pattern! Sew What Sherlock’s Cheat’s Dresden
Well, after a week of life’s distractions I’m back at it. (And by the way, my car is in the shop getting fixed up as I type this. Insurance covered all damages.) This is technically the next entry in the Conversion Project, but I sized this version of the pattern at 16″ for ease of […]