Today it is my turn on the Back to School Blog Hop and today I wanted to talk about an under rated paper piecing tool – coloured pencils.
As you can tell my pencil set is well used. Most quilters will pull out colour pencils to colour in pattern sheets or maybe sketch out block ideas, but as a paper piecer I use mine all the time to colour code my patterns.
Not all paper piece patterns need to be colour coded… simple patterns can be easily followed without coding help…but with more complex paper piecing patterns, a splash of color can save on the unpicking and hair pulling when you are sewing a pattern.
For example this block is little complex…
For this pattern I used EQ to play with colour placement, but coloured pencils and paper work just as well, particularly if a colouring sheet has been provided…..
So before I started sewing it I pulled out my coloured pencils and scribbled away, marking the pattern with the predetermined colours I am using.
I choose colours from my pencil box that corresponded to the coloured fabrics I was using for the block….
So that the coding made sense to me as I sewed….
I regularly use this process for my paper piecing blocks… and will use symbols if I am using more than one type of fabric in the same colour range… remember the code just has to make sense to you…
When making my Cross Star quilt colour coding with pencils became an integral part of the quilt making process as I had to work out how each block fitted into the overall quilt pattern.
So next time you are paper piecing, dust off those colour pencils, do a little colouring in and make the paper piecing process a little easier. And if you want to play with this block, I have included a colouring page in the pattern PDF… Cross Plus extra block.docx
But before then, check out the rest of the super awesome Blog Hoppers for their tips:
Sept 1: Peta Minerof-Bartos of PetaQuilts
Sept 2: Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com
Sept 3: Teresa Coates of Crinkle Dreams
Sept 4: Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts
Sept 5: Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio
Sept 6: Melanie McNeil of Catbird Quilt Studio
Sept 7: Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts
Sept 8: Rose Hughes of Rose Hughes
Sept 9: Megan Dougherty of The Bitchy Stitcher
Sept 10: Lynn Krawczyk of Smudged Design Studio
Sept 11: Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty
Sept 12: Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness
Sept 13: Jane Victoria of Jolly and Delilah
Sept 14: Jemelia Hilfiger of Je’s Bend
Sept 15: Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios
Sept 16: Misty Cole of Daily Design Wall
Sept 17: Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams
Sept 18: Christina Cameli of A Few Scraps
Sept 19: Bill Volckening of WonkyWorld
Sept 20: Jessica Darling of Jessica Darling
Sept 21: Debbie Kleve Birkebile of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures
Sept 22: Heather Kinion of Heather K is a Quilter
Sept 23: Michelle Freedman of Design Camp PDX
Sept 24: Kathy Mathews of Chicago Now Quilting Sewing Creation
Sept 25: Jane Shallala Davidson of Quilt Jane
Sept 27: Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies Quilting
Sept 28: Catherine Redford of Catherine Redford
Sept 29: Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz of Fun From A to Z
Sept 30: Victoria Findlay Wolfe of Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
October 1: Tracy Mooney of 3LittleBrds
October 2: Trish Frankland, guest posting on Persimon Dreams
October 3: Flaun Cline of I Plead Quilty
19 thoughts on “Back to School Blog Hop – Paper Piecing edition”
It’s not just me that likes coloured pencils, then! It’s a good tip to remember for when I’m ready for the complicated ones.
You make it all seem so simple – but I know it’s not. Your paper-piecing is phenomenal.
Hello. To start with I want you to know I’m not computer smart enough to post on your blog. But I want to say………..I love all your work! You just amaze me with the things you do! Always so pretty and neat. Good Job! I’m a quilter also but not really into paper piecing. I have done it in the past but not much. Again……..Good Job!
Thanks for sharing. Billie Fox
Terrific idea, it makes me feel like I could do it. I am enjoying all the posts in our blog hop!
No wonder your quilts are so beautiful. You have shared a good idea that would work well for landscape and abstract art quilts as well as for paper piecing. Thanks for sharing.
I like the cross star quilt. I use my pencils all the time, nice set you have.
I married into this set of pencils…and I was very pleased about it too!
That’s a great top tip, especially for paper piecing, it’s so easy to get muddled isn’t it!
Carie I must admit I do it all the time. Wrong but in the wrong place, even with the coding.
I inherited a set of pencils too and really need to try this. I usually just write the colour on, but it’s too easy to miss, especially if it’s upside down or a tiny piece.
Love this pattern! PS, you can borrow my middle nephew to sharpen your pencils if you want, he loooooves sharpening! 😀
Especially with your gorgeous Cross Star quilt, coloring must have saved you from a lot of seam ripping. A great tip Cath!
A simply brilliant idea! Love it!! Somewhere I think I have a box of Prismacolor pencils from RISD Freshman Foundation. 🙂
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This tip is brilliant! In the midst of several paper piecing projects and so happy I found your blog!