This week I have been paper foundation piecing boats. They are from a free PDF pattern on the RJR website by Cotton and Steel. I found the background fabric on sale a few months ago and came across it recently while looking for something else. It promptly went to the top of the “To-Do” pile. Each boat is made from two mirror image parts. Simple paper foundation piecing, with large pieces and simple straight lines.
When I first started paper foundation piecing, I took a class with Judy Mathieson on mariners compass piecing. The method she taught was a bit different than the traditional way. Instead of using plain paper she used freezer paper, and instead of sewing through the paper she had us fold the pattern on the sewing lines and then sew the two pieces of fabric together next to the fold. The first piece of fabric was held to to the freezer paper by a quick press of a hot iron. Then after each fabric was sewn on it was cut with 1/4 added and pressed to “glue” it steady to the foundation. Once all the piecing is done, all you do is peel off the freezer paper. The tedious picking and tearing of the paper foundation is gone, and you can reuse your foundation many times.
My last two quilts have been paper pieced through the paper, Storm at Sea tops. I don’t think the fold and sew method would have worked for them, as there were just too many pieces and blocks. This Paper Boat pattern lends itself nicely to this technique. Instead of freezer paper, I used plain printer paper and a bit of washable school glue stick.
I took some phone pictures while sewing yesterday, kind of a tutorial, hope you can see and understand the methodology better.
I have also been working on my PIQF entry and I have almost finished the Maytham shawl from Shawl society III. Sadly, or rather happily, I don’t have a design wall up as my house is in a minor state of chaos while we are remodeling. My sewing room is intact, however I have to run my machine and iron with an extension cord to the next room. I’m just happy not to have to move my thing from that room again. It’s been a little more than two years since the last time I did that, post from May 2016 Still here .
Linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts today for Design Wall Monday