1) TRACE all the lines of each of three patterns on to separate papers.
2) CUT out each individual section for every little piece of three different houses.
3) ADD 1/4" to each and every side of each and every little template for all 27 pieces.
4) TRACE around each piece on your fabric, then CUT out each individual section for all eight houses, labeling each of the 72 pieces so as not to get them mixed up...
5) STITCH the blocks together.
Haha, yeah, right.
Instead, I gave her my basic paper-piecing lesson:
1) COPY patterns by running them through the printer.
2) SLAP your fabric on the back side of the paper
3) STITCH on the lines of the paper.
OK, there is a little more to it than that, but man, if there is an easier way, you know? You can check out my practically perfect paper-piecing lesson here >> "FooTStePS" (Fold, Trim, Stitch, Press, Smile!). And just look at the result: Big Smiles!
Then put a bird on it.
And... here's what I did. Made an owl pincushion and put a faux-piped binding on a mug-rug. Then I made one measly, teensy little paper-pieced mini. I used the "Add-an-Eighth" ruler for this one.
She'll be 3/4" square when she's finished.
lanyard done that I've been meaning to get to.
All in all, it was a productive, fun day, "Sewing with Nancy"! And a bonus? Chocolate Oreo cookie shakes at our local hangout, the Dairy Keen. A great reward for a perfectly productive day. Looking forward to the next Sew Day (Wednesdays, my house)!