Early on when I learned to quilt back in the late 80's one of the first quilts I wanted to make was a
Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I tried basting with needle and thread and just couldn't do it well. Over the years I'd try again, and still I didn't like it (and frankly was no good at it!). Then the shortcuts for EPP basting came along and they just were not for me for one reason or another. I went on to enjoy applique' as my favorite quilting technique for many years.
One day I decided to do a Dear Jane quilt and I decided to make it using applique'. (I was not a "piecer" at this time and applique' was my favorite thing!) . When I came upon a sharp point I decided to use starch for basting the applique' and it clicked that I should try starch basting for English Paper Piecing. After all, many of the blocks in Dear Jane should really be pieced. It worked great and has lead to developing all sorts of tips and notions for using while Starch Basting English Paper Piecing.
This leads me to the block Full Circle...symbolizing how I struggled to love English Paper Piecing and now it's my favorite way of piecing! I can now say in all honesty that I am a piecer. I love handwork and it works great for me and many others.
Watch this video to see exactly what got me so excited about EPP~ click HERE. The block Full Circle has an English Paper Pieced center and the rest of the pieces are Applique'd using the same method of Starch Basting. (You will also find this video on my home page in the top right corner if you want to watch it again at TraditionalPrimitives.com )
You can use traditional English Paper Piecing Basting to prep your block, but here's the way I made my block if you want to learn a shortcut for basting: Copy the pattern onto Premium Freezer Paper and then iron two pages together with shiny sides down. Then cut out the shapes right on the lines.
Next prep the triangle pieces by ironing the shiny side of the template to the back of the fabric. Paint two of the seam allowances with starch using the Starch Brush and fold the seam over and dry with the iron. Leave one seam un-prepped and flat.
Next prep the center hexie shape using the starch basting method.
And then move on to prep the petal shapes. Only starch baste one side of each petal.
And lastly prep the background outer circle. Clip the curves so that the seams will turn nicely when you press them dry on the backside.
Follow the directions in the book for using the star shaped template as a guide for placing the petals in the proper position and glue baste them in place.
Use basic English Paper Piecing stitching to sew the center triangles together and then glue baste them in the center of the star shape and stitch in place.
Stitch the petals in place also.
And lastly stitch the outer circle background in place!
The block above is the one pictured in the book on page 78 and the one shown below is the one I've made for my quilt using my 1st fabric line Ginger & Spice from Blank Quilting. My fabrics are a touch traditional and a touch primitive, just like my quilting style and business name, Traditional Primitives. I'm very excited to be using them in this project. You can find Ginger & Spice in your local quilt shops now if you are interested in having them for yourself!
Featured this week with my blocks are my favorite little scissors for clipping threads. These little sheep scissors come in black or silver- a tough decision on which one is cuter! Need a perfect gift for your favorite sewing friend? These scissors would make a wonderful keepsake!
You will find the notions mentioned on the Notions page of my website, TraditionalPrimitives.com and there are more videos beside several of the products. Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you have learned a little something today and enjoy making your Full Circle block. Get it done soon and enter the contest Pat mentioned at SplendidSampler.com- Good Luck in the contest to win 12 spools of Aurifil thread!
If you don't have your book yet it's available in quilt shops now! Join us in the FB Group as well. It will be so much fun to stitch this Splendid Sampler 2 together!
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