My Grandmother's flower garden lap quilt has been buried for over a year. There isn't much of the piecing left to do and I was looking for some hand sewing that I could pick up. I worked on it a little the last couple nights. This morning I was reading blogs and Joan at Keeping you in Stitches was showing how she was hand sewing her apple core quilt to the border. It was just what I needed because that is what I will be doing soon to finish this lap quilt.
I don't consider myself a real experienced quilter, but wanted to show how I pieced this together. At one of the first quilt shows I ever went to, I saw someone selling these paper pieces and I bought a package. I don't know if this was the same company or not, but she was sitting in her booth piecing these together and she showed me the easy way to do it.
She said to cut squares of fabric just a little bigger than the piece.
Then fold the edge of the fabric over the paper (it is similar in thickness to a 3x5 index card) and stitch the fabric at the fold. Do NOT stitch through the paper. I think some of the instructions I have seen tell you to stitch through the paper, but it isn't necessary.
See how the fabric is folded around the paper?
To sew them together, just take tiny stitches along the edge catching both sides and being sure you don't catch the paper (if you catch a little paper along the edge, that is OK).
When you have them all sewn together you can take the paper pieces out and re-use them. I will keep all the paper pieces around the edges in until ready to sew onto the border.
Also, I cut the excess points that are there because I was folding a square of fabric instead of carefully cutting out hexagons.
I'm sure there are other ways to do these, but this is the way I do it and it seems to work for me. Be sure to visit Joan's blog to see her gorgeous quilts!
BTW, APQ bloggers, I mailed my blocks today.