I like scrappy quilts, especially the ones with small pieces and many different prints. But getting organised so that you have a good mixture of prints, well spread out, and still maintain a pattern puts me off.
So when I heard about the idea of using a printed paper to simplify the process, I thought I’d give it a go.
You take two layer cake squares (10″), put them right sides together, add a “cake recipe” paper on the top, and then sew round ne set of lines, and cut on the other. That gave 16 small half square triangles and 1 large half square triangle, with a bit left over, in case you want any plain squares. Or in case you are like me and manage to lose one of the small squares.
I’m very pleased with the result, but sewing the papers and cutting them apart was a very dull task. Normally while you are doing patchwork, there is the pleasure of looking at all the fabrics. I was just looking at the grey paper all that time. But you can’t have everything, and it is certainly an easy way of keeping everything accurate, and keeping track of the numbers.
I used 3 layer cakes, made 42 blocks, and joined the rest together to make the backing. The backing was large enough for me to turn the edge over and use as a binding. The border is a little wobbly, but it is from the automatic patterns on my sewing machine, so I can’t use the walking foot, so it is difficult to control.