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« on: September 15, 2018 10:19:10 AM »

Birthday present for a little girl.


I followed this interesting tutorial for paper piecing with freezer paper instead of tissue. You fold it out of the way of the stitch lines instead of sewing through it so at the end you don't have to do any tearing and can use the pattern again and again.

Here's the pattern I drafted based on a photo my daughter liked. There were 3 main sections.


I found it a bit tricky to be honest so I made another the traditional way. I can't recommend either above the other though I do think the tutorial would work better for smaller blocks, this one might have been too large and unwieldy to rely on the stickiness of freezer paper alone to secure things.


It is stitched in the ditch and the backing is this soft, floofy, knobby stuff that's tricky to sew, I used lots of pins and also reinforced the seams with a line of tailor's tape to keep the woven and stretch fabrics even under the machine foot. There's a layer of fusible interfacing on the front too, just in case it's handled roughly I didn't want the piecing to come apart anywhere or it would be a pain to repair.


I will fix the dog ears on the second cushion and in retrospect, perhaps the teal zipper wasn't the best choice for this one or I could have added a fold to cover it. It hardly shows when the form is in the cover though so done on time will be good enough for this project.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2018 11:04:04 AM »

Neat-o horned horsey cushion cover!  I like the blue/green mane and cosmic background.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2018 01:26:10 PM »

Ultra sweet!
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2018 01:31:08 PM »

Thank you Smiley. The report came back, the birthday girl was happy with it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2018 01:58:39 PM »

That's really cool! I'll have to check out that method, sounds like one of those things I can't quite wrap my mind around unless I'm actually doing it!
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2018 02:40:48 PM »

This is super cute, and looks very well done!
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2018 02:55:09 PM »

Thanks gals Smiley. You can do it Mare! It's not harder than paper piecing, you just have to be careful not to stitch past the line so the paper can get folded back for the next piece.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2018 03:19:12 PM »

So, so, so freakin' cute!
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2018 07:11:23 PM »

Cute! That's a great pattern. I'm impatient so I tend to hack and slash that type of quilt square without a pattern. A unicorn might end up looking more like a narwhal though.
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2018 07:23:07 PM »

Thanks friends Smiley. I found this one pretty forgiving actually. The placement doesn't have to be super precise, I changed the second one quite a bit in fact but you can hardly tell. I did leave a generous overlap around the edges so I could trim as needed to centre the design at the end and still fit the cushion form I had.

I'm working on some other designs right now, paper piecing is pretty weird but I think I'm getting the hang of fitting the right size piece of fabric backwardsy and in reverse, haha.
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