Friday, August 26, 2016

Paper Pieced Tulip Blocks


These are the two Tulip Blocks I made for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. They both measure 12 1/2 inches square. I ended up paper piecing these blocks. The directions included too many y-seams so I decided to take matters into my own hands!


I took out my trusty graph paper and drafted the unit that's repeated 4 times for each block. I added extra seams to get rid of the y-seams. You can see them in this picture between the sections labelled B.


I made a master sheet that made up the subunits that I would be paper piecing to make the block. I made 4 copies and cut them out and sewed my fabrics onto them. 



Here are my 4 units ready to be sewn together. 


Here's my tulip!


My 4 units are all ready to be made into a block! So much easier than those pesky y-seams. And so accurate! Graph paper and paper piecing is a great alternative when confronted with y-seams. 

6 comments:

  1. Those are so very lovely......almost (and I say "almost"!) makes me want to do some paper piecing again.....LOL!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Doreen!I actually think paper piecing this block was the easier alternative! I don't mind a gentle y-seam once in awhile but these would have been so hard!

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  2. Good choice to paper piece--I can't deal with too many seams either--your tulips came out beautifully hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Juierose! Paper piecing sure comes in handy when you need it!

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  3. Good idea, the blocks have turned out beautifully!

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    1. Thanks, Raewyn! So much easier for me. I enjoyed making these blocks without the added anxiety I would have with Y-seams!

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