storm at sea block l ESSENTIAL GUIDE MAKING THE BLOCK WITH PAPER PIECING using the same four fabrics as the block made with normal piecing. This will allow you to try both methods to see which you prefer. The foundation paper piecing process will be described in detail using a corner square unit ( Unit C). The other units use the same basic process. The fabric pieces are pre- cut, with the sizes given in For really accurate results, the Storm at Sea block can be made with foundation paper piecing ( FPP). For the block described here, three paper piecing templates are needed, A, B and C, as shown in These have been supplied in the Templates section for 12in and also 9in finished blocks. These instructions will describe a 12in block, Fig 11. Fig 11. Fig 11 Foundation templates needed for the block Unit C (4 needed) Unit B (4 needed) Unit A (1 needed) One Unit C One Unit A Pre-cut pieces for a 12in block: 2 4 Pre-cut pieces for a 12in block: 4 2 6 One Unit B 8 2 Pre-cut pieces for a 12in block: 1 Piece 1 – 3in square Q Piece 1 – 3¾in square Q 5 3 Pieces 2, 3, 4, & 5 – two (2) 4in squares, each cut into two (2) triangles Q Piece 1 – 4in x 7in Q 1 1 4 5 Piece 2, 3, 4 & 5 – two (2) 3¼in squares, each cut into two (2) triangles Q Pieces 2, 3, 4 &5– 2½in x 5in Q 7 3 5 3 9 Pieces 6, 7, 8 & 9 – two 5in squares, each cut into two (2) triangles Q 1 1 and 3. Check the piece will have at least a ¼in seam and fully cover shape 3. Turn to the printed side, remove the pins and sew along the line, as in Trim excess fabric as before (folding the template out of the way) and press the paper and fabric into place ( Repeat this process to add piece 4 and finally piece 5, this time sewing to the edge of the paper ( Trim the unit to the outer line on the template ( Place the Unit C template right side up ( printed side showing). Put a 3in square of Fabric 1 beneath it, wrong side up and pin in place ( Fold the work along the sewing line between piece 1 and 2 and make a crease. Turn the work over. Take a triangle of Fabric 3 and position it, wrong side up as in Holding it in place, turn the work over and place two pins along the proposed sewing line, pinning the triangle to the template. Turn the work back to the fabric side to check the triangle has at least a ¼in seam allowance and will cover the whole of shape 2 when flipped over. Put the triangle back into place, turn the work to the paper side, remove the pins and, using a short stitch length, sew along the line between shapes 1 and 2, starting and stopping exactly on the line ( Fold the paper out of the way and trim the seam allowance to ¼in. Press the paper and fabric into place ( Fig 12A). Fig 12F. Fig 12C). Fig 12G). Fig 12B. Fig 12D). 2 Fig 12H). For shape 3, make a crease, as before, along the sewing line between piece 1 and 3. Position a triangle of Fabric 3 right side down as in Place two pins along the proposed sewing line between pieces Fig 12I). 3 Use the same principles to make Units A and B. When all are made and trimmed, remove the papers. Fig 12E. Fig 12 Foundation piecing a Unit C A B C D Cr ea se 2 4 2 2 4 4 2 4 1 1 1 1 RS WS Right side of template 5 3 5 3 5 3 5 3 Pins on sewing line, to check seam allowance Wrong side of fabric E F G H I 2 2 4 2 4 34 2 3 1 1 1 1 5 3 4 5 5 5 3 3 Unit trimmed to the outer line on the template 65 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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