Have you all heard that Allegory is hosting a QAL for 318 Patchwork Patterns? She is making 4 mini blocks from the book each week until Dec 1 and posting tips for making the blocks each week.
There are a few of us that chose a block for her to make each week, and the block I chose is the chicken.
The original chicken pattern in the book has a total of 5 y-seams. I made one change to the pattern to cut out two of the y-seams and two sections. It doesn't change the look of the chicken, it just made it easier to piece!
Here's what I did:
The pattern was originally broken into two sections (indicated by the green areas inside the pink lines). Instead, I crossed out the green sections and made the pink lined area all one area, which could be part of the chicken head section. This reduced the pattern by 2 y-seams, indicated by the red arrows.
Because this book is so full of y-seams in the pieced patterns, I hope this helps you all to be creative and make the piecing a bit easier when you can! And make sure and check out Allegory's posts for more tips!
I'm so thankful World Book Media has championed reprinting Patchwork 318. It was originally printed in Japanese way back (not that it contains many words/instruction) and it's the first book that set my heart on fire for paper piecing.
To celebrate the reprint, Lindsay from WBM skillfully organized this blog hop to spread the word and inspire you, giving examples of how to use the blocks in the book through utilizing talented bloggers who are accomplished at paper piecing.
Kerry started the blog hop off on Monday, giving very detailed instruction on how to use the patterns and sew them. Since the book doesn't break the patterns up into sections or have any instruction whatsoever, make sure you check her post out, it is brilliantly written and explained.
For today's post, I chose to utilize these three veggie patterns out of 318 Patchwork Patterns and incorporate them into a gardening apron, which I will be using as a sewing apron. (The apron pattern is available in my book The Paper Pieced Home, which is on pre-order now and will be shipping in November.)
As Kerry metioned in her post, the paper piecing patterns in 318 Patchwork Patterns are chock full of y-seams. Once again, she does a fab job of explaining how to sew a y-seam, so I won't beat that into you, but I do want to give you a tip that helps me when a pattern has a y-seam.
For this pattern (radish? beet?), you'll have to look close, but I have indicated 3 of the bottom sections with a pink line. One section is left of the beet, another is the small top part of the beet, then the beet is the third section. If you evaluate the top line of the beet, you'll notice it isn't a straight line, but contains two angled seams. These would be the Y-seams. To help keep me straight as I'm sewing the sections, I always place a green dot on the pattern where a y-seam comes into play to remind myself not to sew into the seam allowance of the section that has several seams (the small section that is the top part of the beet). Not sewing into the seam allowance will allow me to manipulate that top section when I sew the corner and make the point more crisp.
In Kerry's example, she does the same thing in step "iii". Although I don't use freezer paper and I sew the pattern in sections, this step is the same either way you choose to sew the pattern.
For those of you who made it this far, I have some exciting news! WBM is offering a copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns for one of my readers. Just leave a comment on this post to enter!
And make sure and check out the other posts as they come up!