Not a problem! I'm currently hand piecing "The Farmer's Wife Sampler", which is 140 6" blocks. There is a cd to download the templates but it got broken so now I am drafting each pattern onto freezer paper. Then I cut out each piece and iron it onto the back of my fabric. Cut out with seam allowances (doesn't have to be exact!) and baste the allowance to the back. Whipstitch the basted pieces together.
I must be mad...figured on doing 2 blocks a week on average but am already behind as was ill over christmas - should take about 3 years, including quilting time.
With English paper piecing don't the shapes need to be the same that you are piecing together? For instance, hexagons pieced to hexagons or squares to squares? I enjoy hand piecing and hand applique, so that's the way I'm doing my DJ blocks. Let us know if it works. That's the great thing about quilting--there's more than one way to do just about all of it!
English paper piecing is where you cut the shape you require in paper, then tack the fabric over the paper shape and then oversew the pieces together (typically it was used for hexagons). I wondered if anybody had tried it for tiny blocks? I guess it would be worth experimenting!
Hi -- I do a lot of paper piecing but don't what English is? I have also done the kind where you use freezer paper and sew with no thread with the design on top and the seweing perferates the freezer paper -- then it is iron on each piece and sew next to the perferated line. I'm not sure if I am explaining this, but there is no picking out of paper and very easy.
To answer your question, some of the patterns are definitely easier with paper pieced, some are appliqued and some are just regular piecing, depends on the block. I have over 100 of the little buggers finished, but no boarders yet.
I have been reading about all the people busy making Dear Jane blocks, and wondered whether it is possible to use the English paper piecing method to put these blocks together? Has anybody tried this method?