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EASY paper piecing with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets

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.

My recent block made with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond.
My recent block made with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond.

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.

Needed is a quilt block design (hard copy or on your computer) and the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.
Needed is a quilt block design (hard copy or on your computer) and the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.

Numbered paper piecing design printed onto StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block sheets. You can see that it looks a bit opaque.
Numbered paper piecing design printed onto StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block sheets. You can see that it looks a bit opaque.

You can see the lines and numbers on both sides of the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets and this is fantastic! So easy to sew because you can see on both sides.
You can see the lines and numbers on both sides of the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets and this is fantastic! So easy to sew because you can see on both sides.

  •      Select the fabric.

Feature fabric (Blue with Dots) is from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D by Linda Ludovico & personal stash fabrics.
Feature fabric (Blue with Dots) is from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D by Linda Ludovico & personal stash fabrics.

  • 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.

Glue showing on #1 piece of StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.
Glue showing on #1 piece of StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.

  • 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.

First piece of fabric laid down covering #2 seam
First piece of fabric laid down covering #2 seam

  • Lay #2 feature fabric Northcott Stonehenge Undersea 3D by Linda Ludovico right side down on top of #1 fabric

#2 feature fabric Northcott Kids Undersea 3D by Linda Ludvico right side down on top of #1 fabric
#2 feature fabric Northcott Kids Undersea 3D by Linda Ludvico 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.

Feature fabric #2 pressed towards the flying geese point.
Feature fabric #2 pressed towards the flying geese point.

  • 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.

Lay #3 fabric (white) on top of #2 fabric (blue dot) in the direction of the line for #3
Lay #3 fabric (white) on top of #2 fabric (blue dot) in the direction of the line for #3

  • 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.

Excess fabric trimmed at #3
Excess fabric trimmed at #3

  • 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.

Half way there!
Halfway there!

  • 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!

Block squaring.
Block squaring.

Tear away the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets
Tear away the StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets

The block completed. Foundation paper piecing made easy with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets. Fabric is from Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D by Linda Ludovico, Northcott and personal stash fabrics.
The block completed. Foundation paper piecing made easy with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets. The fabric is from Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D by Linda Ludovico, Northcott and personal stash fabrics.

Just imagine the design possibilities with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond:

Quilt design concept using paper pieced block and StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets. An excellent tutorial on HeatnBond products
Quilt design concept using paper pieced block and StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets. An excellent tutorial on HeatnBond products

Quilt design concept using paper pieced block & StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.
Quilt design concept using paper pieced block & StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets.

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

Robin Bogaert is a long arm quilter, creator and blogger at quiltingintheloft.com and has many years of quilting experience. Robin was the past owner of a quilt shop in Windsor, Ontario and now resides in Waterloo. Robin's roots in quilting are traditional, however she appreciates modern quilt design as well and considers the focus of work to be designing, teaching, trunk shows, free motion quilting, ruler work and thread painting. In addition to her passion for sharing all things quilting, Robin is busy with pattern design and sells her patterns on her website and with Craftsy.com. Robin was featured in the Summer 2016 and 2017 (Canada 150th) edition of Quilters’ Connection Magazine and is a new guest contributor at QUILTsocial.com.

1 Comment

  1. Rebecca

    Thank you. In one evening i have happily made half a star with my scraps and your help.

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