|Drawing out diamonds onto freezer paper|
I'm using freezer paper for my patches. Personally I've found it far and away the best thing to use for paper piecing because it sticks to the back of the fabric when ironed on and so stays neatly in place while you're tacking the patch down.
|First trial of pieces|
I ironed a few paper pieces on to my fabrics making sure they were at least half an inch apart, then cut them out giving myself at least a quarter of an inch all round to turn over. Once I'd tacked a few I laid them out to get an idea of how many I was going to need, and then I worked out all the fiddly half hexagons and half and quarter diamonds I was going to need for the edges.
I broke out the isometric paper and drew out what I had already (coloured in shapes, left). To keep the pattern right I worked it out beyond the edges of the quilt (unfilled shapes, left) and could then just count how many setting edge pieces I was going to need of each colour. I had to make the white patches black because my brain just couldn't cope with remembering which ones should be white!
Paper piecing is the ultimate take along sewing, the tacking was done on the train to and from Stirling, and even kept me occupied on a cold Perth station platform as the snow came down. Piecing is now taking place in front of the tv under a duvet as the Scottish 'spring' flexes its claws, and it's growing fast. All I have to figure out now is how to bind the quilt and back it. I'm thinking knife edge binding, it will be a new thing for me, I've always done continuous binding before. And I might just do tied / knotted quilting rather than continuous. No more babies please!