Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And it is time for block four from the free pattern from Coats Thread Company. The pattern is paper-pieced and it’s all these stars. They’re calling it The Milky Way Wall-Hanging and it is a great great pattern. It is paper- pieced and so far we have block one done, block two done, block three done, and today let’s get block four done. I’ll put a link in the description to the free patterns and you can print them out and follow along. So the pattern has been using this fabric from Free Spirits. It’s their Essential line and all of the colors are very vibrant and very very pretty. A bonus with using solid colors: Both sides of the fabric look the same, so there’s no wrong or right side.That’s a bonus with using this type of fabric so I’m going to continue using these colors. Now what I’ve done is I have labeled all of the colors with little pins. They’re little flat-head pins that I have put letters on, and those letters correspond with the list so that I will always know what colors I’m using. There’s a couple of things that I would not paper-piece without. Number one is flat-head pins. The reason is, when you fold the paper over it keeps the paper very flat, unlike the ball-head pins. It’s just easier with it being flat. I do like to use good strong paper-piecing thread. When you get paper-piecing thread it’s very very thin but it’s also very strong because you need to rip the paper off. So you need the thread to be strong and Coats does make a paper-piecing thread in many many different colors. Now I know you can use any paper to print it on, but I do like the foundation paper. It is softer to rip off and it’s very easy to sew on. The next would be Add-A-Quarter rulers. I would be totally lost without these. I love them. They have a little lip on the edge that I’m able to measure that quarter inch exactly. And to go along with that I use a piece of template plastic with a very straight edge on it. Changing my needle is also very important. I do use a microtex needle, 80/12. Those are my important tools. There are many other great tools, but let’s get started on making the block. I’ve pulled out the colors that I need and, again, I can identify them with the marks on the pins. And I put the identifying marks also on my pattern page. When you turn it over they give you this great color diagram that you’re going to be able to follow. You will have a page that you’re going to need to print out four times, and this is what the block is going to be made out of. You will need four of these to make one block so you have four corners. I find it a lot easier if you just print right from the PDF of this pattern because you need that 1″ square to be an exact 1″ square, and please test it before you start. I have found that sometimes if I photocopy this, it doesn’t come exactly right. When you know that you have your 1″ right you’re going to be able to start and make your blocks. I do four with my foundation paper and I do an extra one. On that extra one I label them, then I will take those and cut them out so each piece will be individual. I’m not going to sew with them; I use them as a guide. When the pieces are cut out I then will be able to match up fabric to that size and a little bit bigger. So I’ll take all of these pieces and I cut them out in all of the corresponding colors. Then I’m able to have them in little stacks in front of me, so I’m just going to be able to pull from each stack as I go along. So I’m going to start with my #1 pattern piece corresponding and take my #1 piece. Now with the first number I do like to start with a nice big piece. It’s just kind of easier to hold onto. And make sure that that fabric is covering the entire pattern piece. I pin into #1 and I can do all the surrounding areas but I must leave #2 free . I’m going to use that stitching line as a fold line. I take the template plastic and right along the line that I’m going to be stitching on, I fold the paper back. When I fold it back you see how those pins keep it nice and flat. This is where the Add-A-Quarter comes in. I can take and put it right up against that pattern piece and trim off the extra. What this has done now is given me a perfect quarter-inch seam allowance. Well, I’ve already done #1. Next is going to be #2. I take my #1 piece so I know this is going to be big enough and I need to stitch it onto the back. I need the right side of the fabric touching because I’m going to do a seam allowance. So take the fabric and fold it back. You can match up that edge just like you would normally for quilting at a quarter inch. And because I know I’m going to stitch along this line, I’m going to be able to take my pins and pin the paper and the fabric together. That way, when I pick this up and bring it to the machine, the paper is not falling off. Now I’m not going to stitch on this side; I will be stitching on the side where all the printing is done. I like to start into the seam about two stitches, stitch following that line and coming right off. So here’s #1 and here’s #2. This is going to be the stitching line. I’m going to start a couple of stitches here, stitch following that line, coming right off. And you can see in the back that I will have a quarter‑inch seam allowance. And making sure my pins are out of the way, the needle is down just a couple of stitches past that line and I’m going to stitch following that line. And I go right off. All of that is going to be trimmed off after. And when I turn it over I have that perfect quarter‑inch seam allowance. #2 is now going to be pressed down flat. The next piece needed is going to be #3. My stitching line is going to be between #2 and #3, and because #3 is all ready to go, I can just grab it out of the pile. Template plastic right along #2/#3 stitching line. Fold that paper right against that edge. Those few stitches that you did will just pull out of the paper so they’re going to be fine. I’ll be able to take that Add-A- Quarter and trim off that extra. Now I have my quarter-inch seam allowance. Take the piece that you’ve had set up for that, match up your edges. Now when I pick up this paper and turn it over I’m going to be able to stitch line #2/#3, that line in‑between. So I’ve started about two stitches off the line and I’m going to sew following that line all the way, and when I get to the end I’m going to stitch right off of that fabric. And press that fabric back over top. And you’re just going to continue doing all of the stages #1, #2, #3, #4 and if you follow the line they’ll match up perfectly. When all the pieces are done, the very last piece is going to want to flip-flop a little bit. Well we can anchor that down. Stitch in the seam allowance right close to that tip. And by sewing along that point, you’ve anchored it down. When all the pieces are stitched on, it really doesn’t look much like the block that you think it’s going to look like, because you have all of this scrap hanging out on the outside. What you need to do is now trim the quarter-inch seam allowance. Now it looks like the corner of that block. When I sew them together it’s going to give me that block. Now we can sew the four blocks together. I like to take off the paper from the center seams first. Then I can work from the inside going out. Just put your finger in, lift the paper up, fold the paper right on that seam that you stitched, and the paper will rip right off. And that’s why it’s important to have good strong thread so that the thread does not rip. You might end up with a couple of little pieces of paper that just want to stay in the seam but I wouldn’t worry too much about that. You can see that all of your seams are beautiful quarter inch. And when all the paper has been removed and it’s been pressed, block four is done. It’s a cute little block and all of those points turn out perfect with the paper-piecing. I’ll put a link in the description so you can get the free pattern and you can follow along and as always Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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