Block n.29 for The Splendid Sampler™ is called “Scrappy Happy Heart”, by Christa Watson (Christa Quilts). After the (not so easy at all) piecing on block n.28, this was an easy and fun paper-pieced block, for which I used scraps from previous blocks. I’m not quite sure about the colour scheme of this one, but I must audit it with all the blocks, and perhaps it doesn’t disturb me at all… I just noticed, when I laid all the blocks together, that I was a little short on the use of black prints. Perhaps it’s just that, that suddenly so much black strikes me.
A couple things about paper-piecing this block:
– I set the stitch length to 1.5. I was able to remove the paper in a breeze.
– Backstitching at the beginning and at the end of every seam: this helped a lot removing the paper and folding paper to trim the next-to-be-sewn seam, see below:
– Once one strip was sewn into place, I trimmed the next-to-be-sewn seam with the ¼” seam allowance, so the next strip had a clear reference of where to go. It worked beautifully. Normally, I would sew, trim only the already sewn seam to ¼” to give a neat finish, add a larger strip of fabric eye-balling its position with the crease method, sew, trim already sewn seam… (does it make any sense?)
The pattern and link party for this particular block are here.