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My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing

My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing

by Olesya Lebedenko

I’m delighted to be back and share the knowledge gained from my recent exploration with the PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine. After months of dedicated research and experimentation, I’ve curated a series of four distinct techniques that aptly demonstrate the machine’s exceptional capabilities, seamlessly bringing your creative ideas to life.

A purple model of PFAFF creative Icon 2 sewing and embroidery machine; the Sewing Stitch Guide top panel is open on PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing and embroidery machine; welcome screen of PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine first switch on

Today is the start of our journey, and our inaugural project is nothing short of captivating — a meticulously designed coaster featuring an enchanting house design. However, we’re embarking on a challenge: mastering the art of stitching small pieces exclusively by machine. This endeavor holds particular significance for me, given that most of my projects and designs measure 6″ x 6″ or 9″ x 9″. I’m thrilled that the machine’s performance exceeded expectations, effortlessly managing intricate stitching with remarkable precision. So, let’s switch on our machine and set everything for a perfect piecing project!

Coaster with house block piecing project; rotary cutter; PFAFF 6A Embroidery/Sensormatic Free-Motion Foot; PFAFF 6D Dynamic Spring Foot

Sew this small house coaster with the PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine.

Let’s begin by preparing our supplies for the coaster, ensuring everything is primed and ready for pure stitching fun.

Printed pattern with the actual size templates, fabrics and batting for one coaster size 9” by 9”, temporary adhesive spray and batting for quilting sandwich, two spools of threads and quilting clips, two PFAFF presser feet: ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System and 2A Fancy Stitch Foot; Odif temporary adhesive

Fabric, threads, notions, and PFAFF machine needles and feet for our coaster with house piecing project

materials

fabric

  • 8½” x 11” warm ombre green fabric for quilt top block background
  • 5½” x 9” warm yellow (orange-yellow/ brown-yellow) with tiny print fabric for house roof
  • 5½” x 10” ombre off-white fabric for house wall
  • 4½” x 4” warm brown with tiny print or ombre fabric for door, chimney and under-roof details
  • 2” x 2” blue fabric for the window
  • 4” x 3” warm dark brown or black fabric for mosaic flower elements
  • 2½” x 2½” burgundy red fabric for mosaic flower elements
  • 2” x 33” burgundy red fabric for the bias strip
  • 11½” x 11½” of backing fabric
  • 11½” x 11½” of batting

thread

  • 1 spool of Mettler 40wt polyester thread to match your main fabric
  • bobbin wound with main fabric matching thread
  • 1 spool of Mettler 40wt polyester thread to match the backing fabric
  • bobbin wound with backing matching thread

notions

feet/machine accessories suggestions

We’ve gathered all the materials and are almost ready to start. On the welcome screen, touch Sewing option. Load the bobbin. Thread the machine. Attach the PFAFF ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System.

A purple model of the PFAFF creative icon 2 welcome screen and options: Sewing, Embroidery or mySewnet

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen

To attach the presser foot line up the pins on the foot with the gap underneath the presser foot holder. Press upwards until the foot snaps into place.

PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine how to attach the ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System

Download and print the Paperless Piecing House pattern and cut out the templates. Click and download the pattern. Check the printer settings to print the actual size. Cut and glue pages 7 and 8 to create a 9” x 9” square block template.

Note: The templates don’t include a seam allowance.

The printed PDF with the assembly of pieces and actual size templates how to make the templates for the top block 9” x 9” square design with the house

The printed PDF with the assembly of pieces and actual size templates how to make the templates for the top block 9” x 9” square design with the house
To create your templates cut and glue together pages 7 and 8.

Cut the paper templates according to the assembly scheme on page 2 of the PDF pattern.

The pattern of the small house is separated in 5 rows, A, B, C, D, E

Page 2 from the PDF file with the assembly scheme of the block

Flip and transfer all template pieces to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance. Mark the exterior sides. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance for all inner sides and ½” for the exterior sides.

Cut the templates into pieces. Flip and trace it to the wrong side of the fabric. Mark the exterior sides. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance for all inner sides and ½” for exterior sides

The printed PDF with actual size pattern of how to cut the templates for the top block 9” x 9” square design with the house and trace it to the fabric

I love to start with a section where there are a lot of small pieces! And in this pattern, it’s section D!

Section D of the pattern has a lot of small pieces.

Page 4 from PDF file with the assembly scheme of the block’s section D. Steps D1 to D10

Transfer on the wrong side of the fabric all template pieces. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance. Place pieces right sides together. Pin using the drawn line as a guide.

The traced and precut pieces for section D of the house block

The traced and precut pieces for section D of the house block

Traced and precut pieces of the pattern and a hand holding a piece with a pin through it

Trace and cut all the pieces with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance according to the scheme on page 4. Put pieces with the right sides. Pin using the drawn line as a guide.

Traced and precut pieces of the pattern and a hand holding a piece with a pin through it

Traced templates on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance. All pieces are pinned together according to the assembly scheme.

And now it’s time for a miracle! When stitching such tiny pieces, the advantage of working with the PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine is that as soon as you stop pressing the pedal, the presser foot goes half a step up! This gives you total control and maneuver for stitching correction if needed and removing the pins with no harm to the machine!

The ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System maintains a precise distance of ¼” inch (6mm) from the needle to the outer edge of the foot and 1/8” (3mm) from the needle to the inner edge. A half step up presser foot position provides a maneuver for stitching correction if needed and removing the pins with no harm to the machine.

PFAFF creative icon 2 machine ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System

 ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System maintains a precise distance of ¼” (6mm) from the needle to the outer edge of the foot and 1/8” (3mm) from the needle to the inner edge. A half step up presser foot position provides a maneuver for stitching correction if needed and removing the pins with no harm to the machine.

The PFAFF creative icon 2 machine ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System

Continue putting together section D according to the assembly method on pages 4 and 5.

Finished steps D1 to D15 with patchwork flower. Trace and cut all the rest pieces for finishing section D with pinking shears with ¼” seam allowance according to the scheme on pages 4 and 5.

The traced and precut pieces for section D of the house block

Our steps D1 – D15 are finished. Press the finished block to have crisp seams.

Finished steps D1 to D15 with patchwork flower. Hands flipping the piece to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Finished steps D1 to D15 with patchwork flower. Showing the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Precut and place in order the pieces to finish section D and a piece for section E.

Precut pieces for steps D16 to D27.

The traced and precut pieces for sections D and E of the house block

Pin and stitch pieces together according to steps D16-D27 on pages 5 and 6. Pin and stitch section pieces D and E. Press the finished block.

Finished steps D16 to D27 + section E. Hands flipping the piece to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Finished steps D16 to D27 + section E showing the wrong and right sides after pressing

Precut and put in order pieces for sections A, B, and C. Follow the stitching order on page 3.

Precut pieces for steps A1 to A4; B1 and C1 to C2.

The traced and precut pieces for sections A, B and C with the chimney and roof of the house

Pin and stitch pieces together according to the steps for sections A, B and C on page 3. Pin and stitch ready sections A, B, and C. Press the finished block.

Finished steps for sections A, B and C. Hands flipping the block to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Finished steps for sections A, B and C. Showing the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Pin and stitch sections A, B, and C with sections D and E. One more time to mention one of my favorite functions! Stop stitching with a presser foot half step up position to place the seam allowance and remove the pins.

The ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System maintains a precise seam allowance of a ¼”. A half-step-up presser foot position provides a maneuver for folding the seam allowance at a proper positioning or correction if needed and removing the pins with no harm to the machine.

The PFAFF creative icon 2 machine ¼” Quilting Foot for the IDT System in use

Press the finished block.

Here is the finished block for the top of the coaster with a house design; hands are flipping the block to show the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Here is the finished block for the top of the coaster, showing the wrong and right sides after pressing.

Make a quilt sandwich using lining fabric then a piece of batting, and the house quilt block on top facing right side up. Baste sandwich layers using Odif Temporary Adhesive spray.

Ready block with the house for the coaster top. Cotton batting and backing fabric pieces size 11½” by 11½” each. Odif temporary adhesive bottle spray.

Put the quilt sandwich with the house block, layer of batting and a piece of backing fabric. For basting use a temporary adhesive spray.

Attach the PFAFF 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System and adjust the IDT System for smooth stitching.

PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine attaching 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System.

How to attach the 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System on the PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine

Quilt the basted quilt sandwich in your favorite manner. For such patchwork designs, I prefer to quilt with simple straight lines.

Close-up of quilting with a straight line on the PFAFF creative icon 2

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System

Close-up of quilting with a straight line on the PFAFF creative icon 2

The PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System

Trimming the coaster with a house design with a quilting ruler and rotary cutter on a cutting mat

Trimming the quilted sandwich to size 9” x 9” square with a rotary cutter and a ruler

Fold and press the bias strip. Place and clip the binding on the right side. Don’t forget to adjust the IDT System for smooth stitching before you start.

Quilted and trimmed to size 9” x 9” sandwich square with clipped binding on a cutting mat

Using clips on the right side of the trimmed and quilted coaster.

Stitch with a ¼” seam allowance and stop when the front edge of the coaster reaches the notch a ¼” in front of the needle.

Sink the needle into the fabric, and raise the presser foot. Pivot the coaster 45 degrees and lower the presser foot. Continue stitching to the edge of the corner. To ensure the stitch is secure, use backstitching. Next, take the binding and flip it upwards over the edge while using your fingers to create a biased corner. Then, flip the binding back over itself while maintaining the bias crease you made. The binding should be aligned perfectly with the edge of the bias crease and the raw edge of the coaster when you line it back up; pin it if necessary. Afterward, bring the binding under the presser foot and sew a ¼” seam allowance, ensuring to backstitch at the start. Make all corners in the same manner.

Placed and clipped binding on the right side of the trimmed and quilted coaster. Stitching with 2A Fancy Stitch Foot with adjusted IDT System

Adjusting the binding and forming the corners of the coaster with 2A Fancy Stitch Foot for the IDT System

Cut the extra bias if needed. Press the seam open. Finish the binding attachment.

Sewing the binding on the coaster block using the 2A Fancy Stitch Foot on the PFAFF creative icon 2

Finishing the binding attachment with the 2A Fancy Stitch Foot with adjusted IDT System

Fold the bias to the back and press. Form the corners and clip. Blind stitch or machine stitch along the coaster shape.

Press the binding to the back side of the coaster; fold and form the corners; pin or clip folded corners; finish the binding with blind stitching or machine stitching; use quilting clips

Form the corners and clip. Blind stitch or machine stitch along the coaster shape.

The My Little House Coaster 1 is now complete. The paperless piecing technique was quick and stitching it on the marvellous PFAFF creative icon 2 Sewing and Embroidery Machine made it easy!

Coaster with house block piecing project; rotary cutter; PFAFF 6A Embroidery/Sensormatic Free-Motion Foot; PFAFF 6D Dynamic Spring Foot

The finished patchwork coaster is fully stitched using the PFAFF creative icon 2 sewing machine

Let’s delve into a captivating blend of embroidery and piecing for our next coaster. I’m heading off to prepare my fabric, gather threads, and set up the hoops, ensuring we’re fully prepared for tomorrow’s adventure!

This is part 1 of 4 in this series

Go to part 2: My Little House Coaster 2 | Machine Embroidery

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