April's quilting blocks have been the most challenging to date. This month via Craftsy's free course, Amy Gibson walks you through English paper piecing and it's quite a process!
First, you cut out your shape based on the templates provided. These quilting blocks featured a series of hexagons in three different sizes. For the paper backing, I used scrap chipboard from cereal boxes and some cheesy postcards. Then, using the chipboard hexagons, the fabric scraps are cut down to match the shape adding a healthy 1/4" seam allowance.
|hexagons w/basting and paper still inside them|
Then you baste the fabric by sewing through both the fabric and the paper. The pieces are then arranged and sewn together if needed. I took Amy's advice and starched them before pressing. Once they were cool and dry, the basting stitches and paper is removed and the pieces are appliqued to the block.
I used a top-stitch to attach them to the base block. I was a bit disappointed in my brown cotton. It's a bit thin, but hopefully the rest of the blocks will make up for it. If not, I may sew it atop another square of scrap cotton.
These were a really portable project which was nice. It's the first time I take my sewing project over to the S'nB group. Overall, challenging and educational blocks!