As I've been working on these projects, I've been learning more and more about how to paper piece and have the projects turn out the way they should. Number one, of course, is the contrast between the fabrics. Number two is to make sure your fabric pieces are plenty large--you want to make sure they cover their specific section, but also ALL the seam allowances ALL the way around. I'd rather err on having a piece that's a bit too big rather than a bit too small!
When I first learned paper piecing, I was taught to sew my fabric pieces together and then trim the seam allowances, using an add-a-quarter ruler. Then I read Debby Kratovil's book, Paper Piecing Perfect Points. In there, she suggested you trim to the seam allowance of your initial patch and then just line up the next piece with that seam allowance. It works like a charm and you don't need a light box to make your pattern (which is what I was doing before!)
Freshly Pieced who is doing a quilt-along with the Bloom Bloom Pow quilt. Normally I'm not that interested in modern quilts, but I fell in love with this design when I saw it and decided to follow along. Here's the pile of all my cut strips.
Tomorrow will be my day (among others) for the "Shake Your Pompoms" Blog Hop--be sure to come back and see what Laura and I have been up to! Until then, there's still plenty of time to Get More Done...Today