I’ve had the idea running around in my head for a while and had fun drawing up the pattern using my QuiltPro software. I do love a good paper piecing pattern!
1. When you print the pattern, there are 5 pages to be printed. The block will be 12.5″ x 12.5″ and then 12″ finished.
2. You need to use scissors to cut out the pieces of the pattern then tape the pieces together with scotch tape. When taping the pieces together, cut on the solid line and tape so they are flush. They lines do NOT overlap.
3. Write the # of each section on the back of the pieces you taped together.
4. This is foundation paper piecing so you need to reduce your stitch length to 1.0″ – 1.5″.
* Pay attention to the design and direction of your fabric. You will want to center it accordingly.
So here is what you do. You sew along the solid line on TOP of the pattern on the printed side of the paper. Your fabric is underneath the paper. You sew right through the paper. Hold the paper up to the light with your fabric beneath it to see how you need to position the fabric. Flip it over the section to make sure it will fully cover the section with enough overhang for the seam allowance.
|This shows fabric ready to be sewn on line 2 in between section 2 and 3.|
5. Now, fold the paper on the solid line in between 1 & 2. Dab a fabric glue stick on the back of #1 and place the fabric wrong side down on the glue, covering the entire section of #1 with at least 1/4″ seam allowance overhang around the edges. At the place where section 1 & 2 meet, trim the fabric but leave 1/4″ seam allowance. Place your section 2 fabric, right sides together lined up with section 1’s 1/4″ seam. That probably all sounds clear as mud but I promise it is much easier to do than to explain!
6. Sew by starting with section 1 and then work in numerical order for each part in the section. Sew on top of the paper through the line with your fabric beneath your paper. When you sew all sections, trim your fabric keeping a 1/4″ seam allowance around the entire pieced section.
7. When sewing the sections together to build the cake, tear the paper off first. Tear gently so you don’t pull out the stitches. Be sure to turn around section 5 first so the background strip is on top. This makes sense when you see it.
There you have it! If you are new to paper piecing, don’t fret! It is really easy once you get the hang of it. It will click. I’ve got a beginner’s friendly paper piecing tutorial coming your way in a few weeks! Hang tight!
I hope you have fun with this pattern. I would love to see your creations and would love for you to add yours to the ELQ Flickr group.
Let’s have cake!