Thursday, 31 July 2014

Some Paper Piecing Design Basics


I've been thinking...

Maybe I was being a bit mean suggesting that you alter the butterfly pattern without giving you any hints as to how to go about it. So today I thought I'd give you a few wee pointers regarding the logic of paper piecing, to get you started with your designs.

I'm going to stay away from the Butterfly pattern for my examples as I want you guys to use your own creativity and not just borrow mine.

There are just a couple of golden rules to bear in mind when you are designing paper piecing patterns.

Firstly you need to remember that you can't start and stop one one line without changing papers. Take these simple grid pattern. The ONLY way to paper piece this (not that you'd want to!) is to use two papers.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the order that you sew things matters. Sometimes you can make a block work just by changing the order of the numbers. Take this pattern. It doesn't work.

 But change the order of the numbers and it works just fine.

If you want to design a log cabin block, start drawing your lines from the outside.

But number from the inside of the design.
Clear as mud?

I'm sure that there's lots more that I could tell you but hopefully this will be enough to get you started on your paper piecing design journey. 

I can't wait to see what you come up with in the Butterfly Challenge.

As I said before, ask if you have any questions.
Next week I'll cover piecing those awkward diagonal pieces.


1 comment:

  1. Good to know! Though i can see ill be leaving you to it for the foreseeable future ;)

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