Yesterday I showed you how you can get a helping hand with your sewing needs by using HeatnBond Basting Adhesives.
I’m using StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block sheets by HeatnBond today to do some foundation paper piecing. I love paper piecing, it makes a perfect block because you are basically sewing by numbers onto a stabilized foundation. There’s no fusible with this product, it is simply a great paper sheet to guide quilters’ to sew through it and fabric accurately.
Some advantages to this method of paper piecing:
- It results in a supremely accurate block.
- It allows you to make challenging blocks with precise points with ease because of the accuracy of sewing on perfect lines.
- Paper piecing, in general, is more time consuming than regular piecing (I believe the accurate block is the reward for patience though).
- Using this product you’ll need to use small stitches so that when you pull away the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets, you’ll not distort the fabric or pull out stitches, as this product is strong and stable.
- It doesn’t slip under the machine foot like other foundation papers as it has a texture that grips well.
- It’s translucent so it’s easier to see the lines where sewing (unlike other foundation papers).
- You can also use this product to cut out durable pattern pieces and use SpraynBond Basting Adhesive to temporarily bond these pieces to fabric to be cut out.
- You can also use these sheets as an embroidery stabilizer and they tear away easily.
- These sheets glide perfectly through a printer, making it easy to use copied designs or digital designs printed directly onto them.
How to work with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets:
- Select a design online.
- Number the design in paper piecing order and print it out on StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.
- Select the fabric.
- Start the paper piecing, by laying the fabric on the non-printed side of the fabric and sewing on the printed side. Start with piece #1 and ending with the last number. There are many basic lessons on foundation paper piecing available online and at your local quilt shop. Refer to the basic picture tutorial below.
- Glue #1 piece on the wrong side of the glue #1 piece on the wrong side of the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets as the first piece is always just laid down to start. Use fabric glue.
- First piece of fabric laid down covering #2 seam and all of #1 piece area on the wrong side of the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheet.
- Lay #2 feature fabric Northcott Stonehenge Undersea 3D by Linda Ludovico right side down on top of #1 fabric
- Flip the sheet over carefully holding onto the feature fabric, flip to the numbered side and sew on line #2 to attach the feature fabric #2.
- Turn the block over again and press #2 fabric towards the flying geese point. Don’t worry about excess fabric, you’ll be trimming it.
- Lay # 3 fabric (white) on top of #2 fabric (blue dot) in the direction of the line for #3, Right sides of the fabric are together, flip to the wrong side once you know the fabric is covering the seam line for #3
TIP Use pins from the right side of the StitchnSew sheet to pin the fabric in place-refer to picture below.
- Flip the block over once again and sew on #3 line to sew the white fabric to the feature fabric.
- Turn back to the right side and trim away the excess fabric.
- Repeat the above 3 steps until the block is completed to #16. Lots of steps, yes, but the accurate block is worth it. Hang in there!
- Repeat all steps shown above until all 16 pieced areas are complete.
- Square up the block when it’s complete.
- Tear away the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheet, it’s very easy to tear away and see how transparent it is. It’s an amazing product!
Just imagine the design possibilities with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond:
There you have it, now to decide on which beautiful design to choose? I do know I really like this block and really loved using StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond to make the paper piecing so much easier.
Join me tomorrow when I talk about my last HeatnBond product for the week. HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl a fantastic product with great creative potential. I just may have saved the best for last!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: HeatnBond always lends a hand in your sewing needs
Go to part 5: How to sew with HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl – a tutorial
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Thank you. In one evening i have happily made half a star with my scraps and your help.