Today is the day to get the next Aurifil Designer of the Month block! Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson is our designer. And Laurie has taken us "Back to Basics" with a hand pieced block.
I learned to quilt by hand piecing and I tell you it worth every stitch I did on those first 10 quilts. You can hand piece anywhere and hand piecing gives you MAD SEWING SKILLS! it is not hard, just a running stitch.
My block isn't totally done, I was working on it during a July 4th Party (hey.. don't judge.. oh... what..You are a quilter and you SO GET stitching at parties.. good we can be friends!) There are 4 corners and you can see Laurie's block AND read my interview with her HERE AT THE AURIFIL BLOG.
Plus I had a super time interviewing Laurie and Polly on my Radio show on January 23, 2012. We talked about how they got started and how they work together as a team to develop the fabric and wool lines. The 'division of labor' comes in when you get to making things. Laurie only does quilts and Polly only hooks rugs! They are so fun! To Listen to my show CLICK HERE. then scroll down until you see the Green “Disco” ball. Once the shows load.. scroll the radio player and listen!
If you want the FULL Hand Piecing lesson CLICK THE LINK BELOW to go to the rest of this post with a LOT of photos... A LOT
I'm using my Moda fabric line "Eat Your Fruits and Veggies' (in stores now!)
Start with the pattern (from the Aurifil blog), I marked where I wanted colors to go
I'm using Aurifil 28 weight thread for hand piecing. You can use 50 or 40, but I like 28.
28 wt Aurifil is noticeably thicker than 50 and 40. You might be able to tell on my video
Trace all the shapes onto the BACK of the fabric. My block is batiks and cottons
I'm using a pen, you can use a pencil too. This is your sewing line, so be sure you can't see the line on the front side of your fabric
My center. Used 2 different fabrics so the star is seen nicely.
Take 2 star points from the CENTER and put a pin through to connect them
Check to see that you hit the right spot on the back side.
When you first start hand piecing you check more often until you get used to it. You could cut accurate 1/4" seam allowances around your shapes, but I don't so I do need to check.
Now you are just going to do a running stitch! HOW EASY IS THIS?
See I told you.. Hand Piecing MADE SIMPLE! yep #SewWithPat
Every few stitches I do a 'back stitch.
I also do not put the 'knot' at the corner. I start 'in' a stitch, backstitch, then go forward. I don't want a pile of knots in that center area.
I am ONLY stitching to the 'bend' in in the star, NOT point to point
This is how I go about assembling this block.
Let me show you how to turn and go up the next side. There is a nifty little trick that we use in hand piecing. I'm going to insert that triangle
We are going to sew between the two junctions. starting on the RIGHT and sewing towards the 'turn' in the block.
When we get to the turn we want to take the other end of the cream color triangle and pin it's 'tip' into place.
This is the new position we'll work from.
Now we have to make the 'turn'
Take another pin and put it through the front cream color unit, and match the 'turn' on the red unit.
Peek to be sure you are on the line.
This all goes VERY QUICKLY once you start piecing by hand. The first few units seem tedious but then you 'get it' and you can zoom along!
Here is the back side where I laid out the triangles
I'll be piecing like this, then add the 4 corners at the end!
Here is the back of Laurie's block so you can see how she ironed the seams, beautiful right?
Click HERE to the Aurifil Post to pick up the pattern and read my interview with Laurie!
DID YOU ENJOY THIS TUTORIAL? Are you interested in more on Hand Piecing? I'm curious how many are, when you know how to hand piece it gives you a great 'tool' for your skill tool box.
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