Here are the cut fabric pieces and sections 1 & 2 of the foundation paper. I marked this paper-light and dark as well, so I could make sure I was not mixing them onto the same section.
I chose to start with the lights first. Here I am placing the first light piece onto the back of the foundation paper to make sure it lines up correctly.
I used a paper clip to keep the 1st piece in place. Some people prefer glue sticks, others pins. In the above photo, I am trying to make sure that I have the angles for piece #2 place correctly. That is why you see the right side of the paper in the photo.
A word about the background pieces. I used the same pattern piece for both of my background pieces. The pieces are the same, however in one section you will use the wrong side and on the next section you will use the right side of the white fabric because these two pieces are mirror images of each other. If you find this confusing, you could just use the 2 pattern pieces that I discarded in the cutting post and make your section background pieces separately.
I check to make sure the second piece lines up well and then pin it to the paper and piece #1
Eventually, I began using my silk pins for piecing was easier than quilting pins because the quilting pins have lage heads that interfer with the stitching.
I know that some people find it easier to just use large pieces of fabric and cut later, but I really prefer this method. As with all quilting, you should do what works for you.
I have checked to be sure the piece will fold over to where I need it and now I am ready to sew. In the following photos, you will see that I did not sew in the seam allowance, I began at the tip of any triangle when I could, and I followed the line to the end. Your best results will come from not sewing in the seam allowances. I sew, press first to be sure that the background fabric covers the entire triangle. I then trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.
I repeat the process with the piece # 3. Remember that we allowed an additional 1/4″ to the seam on the right side, so as you place pieces 2, 3 and 4, you might have a larger seam allowance on the previous piece. The following pictures from the next section (darks) demonstrates this.
One way to check this is to hold the foundation paper up to the light and see how much fabric is extending beyond the sewing line. I suppose you could line both fabrics up together, but the reason I added the extra 1/4″ was for insurance. So it makes more sense to save the additional seam allowance for the right side. I found that one of my repeated mistakes was that I was often short on the right side, which did not leave me with enough of a seam allowance.
My machine let off a little steam which caused the paper to curl.
The final piece of background fabric is added. This background piece is easy to place because the shape is so elongated you can easily see where it should be placed.
Here you can see how the first 25% of the block will look. Next I trim both pieces, sew the seam and then press. On this block I have been pressing all joining seams open. This helps alleviate the bulk.
Done : )
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