You might remember me saying I’d got just a little bit ‘into’ paper piecing’ and it’s still true. I like the designs you can achieve and it gives me a better shot at accuracy. In last year’s F2F quilt block swap, Avis sent me a gorgeous block featuring a dog – perhaps she thinks I’m a doggy person, can’t think why😉 I thought I’d give it a go myself and ordered the PDF pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts. Anyway, because Avis is very clever, she managed to adapt the rectangular block into a 12.5 inch square in order for it to be suitable for the F2F quilt. I am not very clever, so mine remains a rectangle.
Before I go any further I will tell you that the pattern is not a paper piecing one but a stitch and flip one. What is ‘stitch and flip’ ? I hear you ask. I daresay nobody is asking but I’m going to tell you anyway and so, when I started making the above block, I started to take step by step photos for your delight and edification.
Everything in stitch and flip is made with squares and rectangles which you join together to make other shapes.
Here follows a (very) short tutorial which you are advised to take absolutely no notice of at all.
Step One: Take a rectangle and a square, place right sides together, draw a diagonal line.
Step Two: Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance cut along the diagonal line.
Step Three: Do the same thing on the other short edge of the rectangle. Then flip the triangles open.
Step Four: Realise you have made a hideous mistake – do those look like ears? – abandon any thoughts of enlightening anybody on stitch and flip and concentrate on what you are doing.
Then you might get it right.
Anyway I got there in the end in my own befuddled manner and made it into a cushion for a raffle prize at the annual fund raising event my friend hosts for Dog Rescue Carcassonne (we made over 2000 euros in total which will be used to install proper fences around the pens where the dogs can have a proper play and spend some time outside of their concrete kennels.)
I don’t know what I was thinking of when I bought this strokeable fabric – Tarzan’s loin cloth? – but I knew it would come in handy one day.
Mr. Tialys made this mini leather satchel for the raffle. I didn’t really want to part with it but a woman can only have so many bags (he says) and there is a limit to the amount of times I’ll be able to get away with saying ‘I’ll test run it for you’ before he realises he never actually sees the bag again – apart from over my shoulder.
I really like the stitch and flip method – it’s easier than paper piecing though not quite as intriguing – and I made another dog for myself. This time I think I will put a border round it as I was a bit worried the face didn’t stand out enough on the first one.
Talking of pillows (or cushions as we say in the old country), you might recall my Dr. Who’s Tardis which was a paper piecing project. It is now completed as a cushion and lives in London with Mlle. Tialys the Elder who is a big Dr. Who fan.
I thought the spots could be little planets (albeit unbelievably evenly spaced ones).
Avoiding zips wherever I can – hence my current mission to make all clothing using knit fabrics – I made an envelope back edged with more of the Police Box ribbon.
The only problem with stitch and flip – as with paper piecing – is you do end up with quite a few small scraps and, bizarrely, as I’m not at all mean with money, I am very parsimonious with fabric and this sort of thing upsets me.
I know I could use them to make something even scrappier but, what can I tell you? – I won’t.
I did make the first cushion (the top anyway) with scraps so can, finally, join in with Gun and Kate’s monthly Scraphappy project and you can see the other participants’ work here:
Usually has a scrappy post:
Kate at https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/ (in English only)
Titti at http://tittisquiltlek.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Heléne at http://quiltochsom.blogspot.se (in Swedish only)
Eva at bambisyr-evaj.blogspot.com (in Swedish only)
Sometimes has a scrappy post:
Sue at sewingmagpie.blogspot.com (in English only)
Nanette at http://stitchandsow-homeandgarden.blogspot.com.au (in English only)
Norma at https://shesewsyouknow.wordpress.com (in English only)
Lynda at: https://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com (in English only)
Birthe: http://birthesrom.blogspot.no (in Norwegian only)
Turid: http://densyendehimmel.blogspot.se (in English and Norwegian)
Cathy: http://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com (in English only)
Jodie Zollinger: https://homesweetdreaming.com (in English only)
Susan: https://desertskyquilts.wordpress.com (in English only)
Helena: http://www.helenaåhman.se/ (på svenska)
Debbierose: https://sewrosey.wordpress.com/ (in English only)