Tuesday, January 31, 2012

First House of the Year

I just had to get one sewn. I am participating in the 365 Scrap Houses in 365 Days Challenge. I have prepared (cut and pinned together) sets for about 80 houses. I just had to get at least one sewn in January. I am keeping track of my progress on this (and all my other) project/s on a chart on the wall next to my machine. I can't stand to see the empty square next to January.

I am working with scraps entirely. I might have to buy more light blue for my sky sections. I don't have very much in that color. I might have been too frugal in cutting my pieces. The door section doesn't have much of a seam allowance. I am reconsidering whether I will recut all of the door sections or just go with what I have.

I am not used to making such small blocks. This will be a real challenge for me. I also have to get better at removing the paper backing. This takes a long time and is tedious. I have made my stitch 1.5 but perhaps I should make it even smaller. If anyone has a good way to do this, please share.

Thanks for stopping by.

5 comments:

  1. I use the same stitch (1.5) and just regular printer paper - don't have any problem removing paper - it's just part of the process. And if you are just doing it one house at a time, it really isn't bad. I usually do 4 to 8 houses at a sitting.

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  2. I use very thin paper - a short stitch - and a large needle - Jeans/Denim #14. The combination seems to perforate the paper very well - but doesn't help much with the tedium of actually removing the paper, sorry. ;))

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    1. Do you have extra thin paper that can go through your printer? I am using regular printer paper. That is probably my problem, but I don't know what else to use.

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    2. Try "Carol Doak's Foundation Paper" (available at Nancy's Notions) or "Fun-Dation" (Jo-Ann's) - both go through my printer with no problem. As a side note - I also do Foundation Paper Piecing backwards from most people. You can check my LHQ page for the tutorial if you're curious.

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  3. I've also read that the pages from telephone books are the perfect weight for foundation printing. I've never tried running it through my printer, though.

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