My Little House Coaster 1 | Paperless Piecing

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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!

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

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 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!

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

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.

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. 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.

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 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.

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. 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 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, 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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