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This week we are doing a paper pieced pattern for a Camel!
There is a link to the pattern from this webpage:
The cover sheet for the pattern - with an example block:
The pattern uses two colors and is divided into several sections.
I hadn't planned on suggesting this block, but after doing the patchy heart I had a bunch of scraps and I thought doing a paper pieced block would help me make use of those bits of fabric.
I haven't really done paper piecing before - looking at these videos helped me out:
Leah Day - For the beginner
TimbleArt - Adds a few more tips
Crafty Gemini - Adds much more detail
- Print the pattern the size you would like - I suggest at least two copies! I printed mine so it was 10 inches - so I had to bring it into an editing program so I could divide it and print on two sheets of paper (so I would get the exact size that I wanted.) Note: For my 10.5 unfinished block I should have set it to print to be 9.75 or maybe even 9.5 - when I sew my block to the next block the seam will intersect with the tail, rear leg, and be really near the face.....
- Notice there are several groups in the pattern (head, neck, body, and legs) - cut the pattern apart at these lines - remember you will need to extend the lines by .25 inch so when you join them together they will fit! Along the outside of the entire block I added additional fabric to be sure to have enough fabric.
- There are just two colors to use in this pattern. So that part is easy. I marked the pieces where the camel would be to help me keep track of things though. I used Kona Cotton solids so I did not have to worry about front and back side of fabric.
- I goofed when I was making the tail and had to do it twice. Because I had used the tighter stitches I couldn't pick it out and reuse the fabric, so the second time I basted things, checked to be sure it was correct, then when back and sewed with the tight stitches. Still there were a couple of places that that I didn't have the fabric placed correctly. I just added extra fabric where needed (so I have additional seams).
To take some of the mystery of paper piecing patterns
How to Draw a Paper Pieced Pattern in PhotoShop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m28FWEd8pNw&feature=related Video 1 of 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qmnfpMvoPQ&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Video 2 of 2