I love paper piecing! I really do! ♥ So I was very happy that the Just Takes 2 blocks for February 1 were all paper piecing! I was a little sad that there were only two blocks but understand that we had better prepare for many block challenges on February 15.
Here are my purple and white February 1 blocks:
I have some tools that I love to use for paper piecing.
These two products have been invaluable:
- Add-a-Quarter ruler – allows you to use your rotary cutter to trim excess fabric and gives you a straight line to line up your next piece of fabric.
- Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper – print your pattern right on this paper, stitch and then tear it away easily. A thousand times better than regular printer paper!
I setup a small cutting mat just to the left of my sewing machine and my ironing board just to the right (lowered to a level where I can iron sitting down). That way I can move back and forth from cutting to sewing to pressing without getting out of my chair! I don’t get much exercise doing this, but I can fly through paper piecing each block.
The Circle of Friends: Take Two! flickr group is blowing and going with fabulous Just Takes 2 blocks, discussion and encouragement. Be sure to check them out!
Have a SUPER weekend y’all!