This week I am quickly jumping back into my Starry Night quilt, mainly because I think I am close to having all the blocks I want/need…plus I am slightly addicted to the blue-yellow contrast. The result of the weekends playing was this star…
We were snowed in this weekend which allowed me to play a little. I designed this pattern, a copy of which you can find here Starry Night Feathered but instead of printing it out as I usually do, I thought I would give tracing paper a go. So I traced my pattern on the paper, using a good old-fashioned pencil and ruler. This is definitely the down side to tracing paper. I had previously tried to get my inkjet printer to take the extra thin tracing paper but it was not having any of it.
So the advantages of tracing paper are…
(1) it is thin enough that lining up your fabric is easy
(2) the thinness of the paper also means that you get less bulk where seams meet and
(3) my stitches had less give when the paper is remove and the paper was easier to remove.
(1) if you can not get it to print on your printer, tracing the pattern is a laborious task
(2) I missed the extra sturdiness that photocopy paper gives your pattern, particularly when sewing the pattern pieces together. My pattern kept flopping over and moving.
(3) it is more expensive per sheet and not as easy to find as photocopy paper.
Okay the experiment is over and so is the snow. I am going to stick with photocopy paper… and go back to using my sheets of cardboard as a background to my blocks instead of wonderful snow.