A little background: This is a Lizzy House swap. All minis should be composed mostly of LH fabrics. The swap organizers, Sarah and Jo, gathered information from participants about their quilty likes and dislikes. My partner likes geese and fussy cutting. (I have more information to go on; I just don’t want her to read this and recognize that I’m sewing for her!)
I spent a lot of time brainstorming different design approaches for my partner’s mini. I was stalking her on Instagram, to see what she herself makes, the kinds of posts she likes, and so on. But, starting to feel like a bride who, after a dozen boutiques, was still looking for the perfect gown, I knew I just had to decide already. My partner would like any number of minis I could make for her.
So I homed in on Better Off Thread’s Right Round pattern, figuring it would both check off a bunch of my partner’s likes and satisfy my own need to get busy with some paper piecing.
I’m really enjoying the process so far. Look at all my perfect little geese! I have zero idea what I’ll use in the center of the Dresden. I’m pretty certain about the fabric for the rows of geese and the corner fabrics, though.
This pattern requires two skills that could scare some sewists away: paper piecing and curved piecing. Honestly, I think the paper piecing is pretty simple (and it results in such fabulous precision!). My problem with paper piecing is the spatial skills needed. Paper piecing requires printing out a design and placing your fabrics on the wrong side of the paper. It can hurt my brain to manipulate fabric that way. I play it safe by using oversized pieces of fabric. There’s more waste but less chance that I have to rip out stitches because a bit of fabric won’t cover the necessary area.
This project entails doing the same element—geese!—in five gradually bigger sizes to make one Dresden wedge. Twelve Dresden wedges later, you’re finished with the geese and you’re really good at paper piecing that design. I think it makes for a good beginner paper-piecing project. Heads up: Easy doesn’t mean fast; each wedge contains 15 pieces of fabric!
|A sneak peek of where all of this is headed|
If you’re considering making this pattern, check out Better Off Thread’s tutorial on paper piecing and tutorial for curved piecing for an idea of what is required. (I’d add to her suggestions for curved piecing by recommending that you use a short stitch length, go slowly, and raise your presser foot as needed to pivot.) I also referred to Pile O’ Fabric’s tutorial on starching fabric to see how using starch could affect my precision with piecing. The jury is still out on that one.
I haven’t finished this mini yet, but I’m already thinking about what extras to include when I ship it. I’d like to do something cool that this quilter might not make for herself. That means, I want to make a bag. Maybe a pouch with fussy-cut LH fabrics? Or a Sew Together Bag? Any other ideas?
Update: You can view the final mini here.
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