Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My Three Projects

Now that Phebe no longer takes up all of my time, I've been working on my version of Love Entwined in the evenings. I had put it aside so I could work exclusively on Phebe and I'm seriously behind! Here you see most of Part 2 finished and a start on Part 3. Its looking a little pink at the moment which I hope to tone down with the addition of the flower vases in parts 4 through 7.

I've made the same mistake on the Selvage Star that I made on the Parlour's Tin Ceiling quilt - too narrow seam allowances. When I tore out the foundation paper, some of the seams let loose. I have quite a bit of resewing to do and quite simply, I don't like resewing. When I'm done, I'm done except in this case. Remember I said this would be a large wallhanging? Its going to be a really large wallhanging. Without the borders, it already measures 62 inches wide. 

On the subject of foundation paper, I have had several people tell me they use regular printer paper when they paper piece. I tried it - disaster. I've also tried pages from old telephone books but I caused a major printer paper jam and now our printer squeaks. So now I use purchased foundation paper, sew with a large needle, a small stitch length, press the paper with a hot iron before removing it, crease it before tearing and I still occasionally have problems. I won't give up paper piecing because it gives me more accurate piecing so if you have any tips for removing foundation paper, send them on!    

Guess who's home and ready to be bound?
Check back early next week to see Phebe in all her glory!

Until next time, Mayleen


  1. Ooh, I am so excited to see your finished Phebe. So happy for you. Great start on LE. I have found it amazing how each part presents its own color challenges. Now I am stalled at the borders. Once again I can't figure out my color direction!

  2. For paper piecing I like to use newsprint that I buy at stationary stores. It is usually in the children's section and the sheets often have to be trimmed down to the standard size (8 1/2" by 11"). I've not had a problem with my printer but I generally only print one page at a time since it is not as thick and sometimes two sheets get grabbed at once.

    I can't wait to see your Phebe bound! What I can see looks gorgeous!

  3. I cannot wait to see Miss Phebe herself!! I know you are thrilled. And your LE colors are beautiful, really beautiful.

  4. I use really cheap tracing paper for paper piecing. It seems to pull out fairly well. Your LE is looking great. I'm still working on the zigzags on mine, so a little behind you.

  5. Oh I can't wait to see the finished Phebe! Her borders look fabulous. I use the freezer paper technique where it is folded back and forth as you go and so you don't actually sew through the paper. You just pull it all of in one piece when finished.

  6. I enjoy using regular paper for my paper piecing. I use a little larger machine needle and a close stitch length.
    Love your quilts!