Welcome to my tiny contribution to this fantastic Paper Pieced Block of the Month/Sew Along @ Quiet Play called 'And Sew On'. If you are new to Foundation paper piecing never fear...this block is a gentle introduction.The pattern is super simple and comes from a conceptual photo that I sent Kristy back in November.
That's my daughter's cute tiger measuring tape.
Rather than use A4 copy paper, I trace all of my paper pieced patterns onto freezer paper. That makes piecing easier to see as you sew and less messy when tearing it away at the end.
This block is so easy to do this with. Gather the fabrics that you plan to choose and then fold them over and fan them to re-create the design. It supposed to look like a few fat quarters from your stash. Photograph your ideas and then compare them.
Think about the rest of the fabric blocks that will come later - especially the gorgeous final 'Sewing Room' block that becomes the focal point of the 7 designs. I tried to find similar colours and fabrics to match Kristy's block and Marieka's 'Seam Ripper' block. See photos of these two blocks at my previous post here.
These fabulous fabrics are just awesome for paper piecing and add a distinctive look to a block. I will point you to a couple of talented folks on Flickr to highlight what I mean. Check out ElnoraC and PaulaPatchwork. I love their work.
You might want to beg, borrow or buy some kind of ruler/measuring fabric to use for the ruler otherwise you could find something that symbolically represents it instead. I had some very quirky Japanese ruler fabric that was just perfect for my version but in order to get the text placed properly, I had to reverse the pattern to be a mirror image.
I hope that you have fun with this block. I certainly did.
I felt it important to sponsor my block by offering some fabric as a give-away. Check Quiet Play's post today for how to enter and to qualify you to win this Flower Fairy tote and Autumn Flower Fairy panel.
There are two other fabric give-aways for the January linky so, all the best.