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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Playing With a Prototype

I've been working on a new pattern and decided I was ready to sew a first draft.  When designing a patchwork project, it is imperative that all the pieces fit precisely; the math has to work, as does the piecing that tests this math.  Normally I design on the computer, but this piece has an odd-shaped background that was easier to draw with paper and pencil.  
Once sewn, every individual patch is measured to ensure that the seam allowance is a perfect 1/4". You'd never do this on your own quilt, but the pattern has to be bang on. Because this is just a draft, I didn't want to spend a lot of time on the "how will I quilt this" question, instead opting to use a stencil I picked up this winter at Mrs Pugsley's. It pretty much fit the space without adjustment.  Isn't it elegant?
With black fabric, it is super simple to transfer the design using a chalk pounce.  Simply lay the stencil on the fabric and slide the pounce over it.
The chalk lines are very visible for quilting.
The lines come right off afterwards;  the package says to use a hot iron, which has worked well for me in the past, but I just brushed them off this time. The batting is a scrap of polyester needlepunch and I didn't think a hot iron would do it any favours. The quilting isn't perfect - "quickly done" was my aim - but even so it's passable, I think.

I stitched the binding on last evening.  When all was said and done, my calculations were out 1/8", which is an easy fix.  The adjustments have now been made to the pattern, and I feel confident that I am ready to start cutting my good fabric.  I may even use this stencil again.


  1. Can't wait to se what you're up to now, Karen. Looks like a grand piano... Think I see piano keys....? Whatever it is, it will be lovely!

  2. what a great stencil, and the black against the other fabric??? Do we have to wait and see?

  3. What an interesting stencil! I spy with my little eye a......piano?

  4. That IS a beautiful stencil! I can't wait for this pattern reveal, Karen! I think it's going to be awfully pretty! I've avoided sewing with black of late because it's so difficult to see. Have a wonderful day!

  5. I like seeing your process. I've never tried a pounce. Looks like it works really well. I'll have to keep it in mind.