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Monday, January 31, 2011

More Single Girl and Paper Piecing

What a fun sewing weekend!  I spent quite a bit of time working on my single-girl project for my spicing up the kitchen partner. I still haven't decided if this is going to become a wall hanging, table runner, or individual placemats.  Maybe you could weigh in with your opinion. 

First I cut up my squares 3.5" x 4"  (in retrospect, I wish I had cut them larger.  It would have made the paper-piecing less tedious as I tried to make sure I covered each bit of the arch.  I would probably recommend making 5" squares just to make it easy on yourself).

Then I chose a short stitch length and did my paper piecing.  If you are doing this, make sure you double check the positioning of each piece so that your arch is completely covered when you flip the fabric back over.

Then I trimmed each arch to the actual size (my templates included the seam allowances) by cutting along the dark line that shows through the paper.

I made all 16 arches, and started piecing it to my background fabrics.  One block is finished, 3 to go!  Love the way its shaping up! 

What should I make of my SG blocks?


  1. I love the idea of placemats! How cheery and fun for the kitchen.

  2. It looks wonderful! I think a table runner would be great.

  3. Katie - I copied one of you paper pieces last week and noticed they are gone now... Did you have to remove them? Can you describe how you made them? I love this idea and know I wouldn't dare to make the SG quilt without something like this that makes so much more sense!

  4. I got your templates last week too - thank you for them! I will covet them for sure. I like the idea of place mats - but a runner would be fabulous too - I think you can't go wrong with this pattern no matter what.

  5. I saw but didn't copy your template. I have purchased the pattern and was wondering if you could tell me what kind of paper you used, where you got it copied etc. as this is certainly the method I'll be using. Thanks Kate!