Recently I’ve been participating in the #mysmallworldqal over on instagram. The original pattern is by Jen Kingwell (I worship at her quilty feet) and it’s found in the Spring 2015 issue of Quiltmania. I’ve just finished part 2 and expect to dive into part 3 today.
The pattern is written in a fairly inefficient way, with all the individual pieces being cut out using templates or measurements then sewn together to make one quilting unit. There are a couple of problems with this: 1) It’s incredibly inefficient with all that time cutting from templates, inaccurate seam allowances cause major problems even if only slightly off, and I KNOW several sections could benefit from paper-pieced patterns. 2) There are quite a few mistakes in the pattern. I know that it is very complicated and some mistakes are bound to slip through, but I have to wonder if Jen Kingwell really intended for her pattern to be distributed in this way. I wonder how she feels about all the trouble people are having? But then maybe she didn’t expect it to be this popular. Who knows.
So I have converted the blocks that lend themselves to paper piecing into a printable PDF. It’s not pretty. The templates aren’t numbered and I too have made mistakes. I’m only through part 2, as I said, so while I did include templates for all the sections, I’m still editing and adding to the templates as I go. When I add or change something major I re-email them to everyone.
Anyway, for those of you who stumble across this post looking for my free paper-piecing templates for the My Small World pattern, here’s how it works. You’ve got to send me a “ransom” photo. Meaning a photo of you holding your copy of the Spring 2015 issue of Quiltmania magazine and a piece of paper showing your Instagram handle or full name, and the date. Send your ransom photo to me at sewwhatsherlock at gmail dot com and I’ll send you my copy of the paper piecing templates. Easy peasy. Oh, and my templates are only in US measurements, so if you’ve already started with centimeters they probably won’t work for you.
Want my #mysmallworldqal #printables for #epp and #paperpiecing ? Email a ransom photo as proof of ownership to sewwhatsherlock at gmail.com. Photo should include your face, the magazine, your Instagram handle, and the date. I’ll email the printable back to you. I want to provide my stuff to be helpful but I don’t want to cause copyright problems, so I think this is fair. Note it’s only in U.S. Measurements (I think the pieces are slightly different)
Disclaimer: 1) I am trusting that if you have access to a copy of Quiltmania you also have access to make the pattern from said copy. 2) I really am looking at your photos. I’m keeping them too, so many bright smiling faces 🙂 3) I trust that if I send you the templates, you will not share them with anyone else. Instead, tell your friends to buy the magazine and email me their ransom photo, it’s quite simple.
Finally, I’ve had a couple of people ask about donating money to thank me for my time. So here’s a paypal button for that purpose. I absolutely do not request or require donations, but they are certainly appreciated. I am not accepting money in exchange for the templates, they are free for anyone who proves ownership of the pattern. Thank you!