Friday, 9 January 2015

Top tip: organising large paper-pieced patterns

I'm working on quite a large patchwork design using English paper piecing. I'm usually much less organised, and cut as I go, but this time I've cut and tacked all the parts before starting to stitch them together. I'm enjoying the apparent speed; even if it's not stitching up faster than usual, it feels like it is.

Anyway, I tried starting with 3 pieces that I was sure went together, but when I was done I realised they were very similar to, but not exactly the pieces I thought they were. I needed to lay the whole thing out with each piece in its correct position. But I don't have the room to store them laid out like that, and I certainly don't want to re-position them all every time I sit down to work on it. One of the joys of English paper piecing is that you can pick it up for five minutes and get a bit done.

I came up with a brilliant trick for keeping them in their relative positions: Blu-Tack *

I stuck all the pieces to A4 sheets in sections

which I could then stack and store in my craft box.

It's been working really well. I've had to consult my map a few times, but it's not nearly as much hassle and worry as sifting through a jumbled pile of patches would have been.

* known in Denmark as Elefantsnot ("elephant's snot")

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