I found a pattern that I thought would work for the autumn leaf blocks from the QCA retreats in Iowa and Washington. The pattern is from Quiltmania #79 (fall 2010, pg 59). In the picture where you see the bowtie blocks, that's where I'd use the leaf blocks we're all making. The pattern included paper templates which I have made copies of and am currently cutting out of my connecting fabric. (I'm using orange where you see the plain brown.) I noticed as I'm cutting that the points are very long and thin, and I'm starting to believe that these are going to be difficult to sew onto the blocks. Do you think this should be paper pieced??? I've never done paper piecing, but I remember hearing people say that it produces nice sharp points. Is it possible that this pattern would make no mention of paper piecing because it assumes anyone who knows anything would know that it has to be paper pieced??? I've already cut up about a yard of fabric, but I've stopped now and thought I should ask for some advice. In the photo, you should see three different pattern pieces I've started cutting, 2 white paper-side w/pins, 1 orange fabric-side, and the photo of how the blocks go together. It's pattern pieces G & H in the diagram around the perimeter of the quilt that I'm most concerned about.
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
paper piecing would definitely make this easier but It can be done just with templates if you are very careful when sewing them together. Hand piecing will also be a good choice for this (at least that's what I would do) since it is also very accurate.
I'm sure you'll get lots of good advice here and lots of help on each retreat.
From what I can see of the pattern and directions it is not paper pieced. It really won't be as difficult as it looks It is somewhat like sewing inset pleats into a skirt. You will add your triangles onto your block set and then sew everything together. I would keep cutting those triangles just like you have been doing.
nancy, as long as your 1/4 inch seam is precise, you should be fine. i'm with kris here, though, i would hand piece this for accuracy. but that's just me. some folks would do this just fine on a machine.
can you cut some pieces out of cheap material and do a mock up.
gini in north idaho
Nancy, I love the pattern you picked. I think that with scant 1/4 inch seam, you will be successful. I don't think it is paper pieced, but if you have some scraps that you can practice on, I agree that would be the best way to go.
Can't wait to see a picture of this one.
Angèle from NWO
Ooo, two of you are suggesting the task I am the worst at...hand sewing! Shudder! I'm willing to give it a try under your tutelage at the retreat. Thanks for the responses and the advice. A mock up is probably a good idea.
nancy, you can do it with your machine, go for it.
Gini, you mean with your machine. LOL This is the project I'll be working on at the retreat. Can't put it together until I get everyone's leaves.
You will do fine with the machine. You just start sewing the triangle at the bigger end. It really isn't hard. And I am with you....I am not hand piecing unless something drastic happens.
MNnancy:Gini, you mean with your machine
oh, right, with my machine. you'll get lots of help