Wednesday, 11 March 2015

IN FLIGHT- Block 5- Peregrin

Hello everyone,

How are you getting on with the In Flight birds?

I'm sorry that I've been a bit absent from In Flight. I had plans to write all kinds of posts but I am also really really trying to find some balance in my life this year. I am determined not to stay up until after midnight every night of the week working on patterns any more (it's just not healthy and leads to stupid mistakes being made). Unfortunately this means that all my sewing, pattern writing and blogging is crammed into a very short amount of time. I'm still working on the best way to make this work. Those blog posts are still coming - I promise!

This week's bird is the peregrin. I think that it is the trickiest pattern of the quilt along so far as this block will test your ability to accurately join papers together. If I'm honest, now that I look at the pattern again, I think I could have designed it slightly better so as not to have given seams under the wings which need to be joined in a straight line. Sorry, its too late for me to change it but with a bit of help I have confidence that you'll be able to create great blocks!

A few weeks ago on instagram I shared some tips on sewing papers together, but I thought I'd expand on them a bit further here.

I know that opinions are divided as to the best way to sew papers together- with paper on? with paper taken off? with the seam allowance papers removed?- everyone has their own technique.

I personally keep the papers on when sewing sections together. I like the way that the paper stabilises the seam and stops the fabric from warping. I will admit that this can lead to bulky seams, but the use of tweezers when removing papers and giving the block a good press with some starch once its finished can work wonders!

If the paper really bothers you, sew the seam then rip the paper off the seam allowance.

I previously wrote a post showing the technique that I use to sew papers together, but I thought that I'd share a few extra tips that I have learnt since I wrote that post.

Something that I have only recently started doing is to use a walking foot when sewing papers together. This is especially useful when sewing large papers together in 24" and 30" blocks, but can be done for all blocks. When using a normal foot to sew papers together, it can often slip on the paper. No matter how hard you try to line things up it can be impossible to ensure that your seams remain lined up as you sew. The walking foot is able to grip the paper better and avoids unnecessary slippage.

Don't forget to sew seams first using large basting stitches. I cannot emphasise enough how much this can save your sanity!  If you make a mistake the stitches are easy to rip out and the paper remains relatively intact so that it is easy to sew again.

If there is only one point on a seam that needs to be joined exactly, then its a good idea to start sewing from the end which is closest to this point. This is another way to minimise the chance of the paper slipping.

I hope some of my techniques help you when you come to sew the peregrin. Here are links to the pattern in my Payhip and my Etsy stores.

I have not yet had a chance to draw the winner of the second linky party yet, but thank you so much to everyone who took part- wow what a lot of beautiful sewing. If you haven't had a chance, I really recommend having a look and seeing all the variations of the pattern that you guys have come up with. I will announce the winner tomorrow when I open the next linky party.


  1. Love the bird and totally agree re the walking foot and starting from the short end. I am sure it has saved a few limbs around this joint in the past ;)

  2. Is this pattern still available for purchase?


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