Yesterday I finished the forty little (7″) paper-pieced string blocks for the second commission top. I pulled the paper off during the Men’s Downhill and team Figure Skating last night.
A question was raised about me pulling the paper off before they were sewn together, and without stay-stitching them around the edges. I usually do string and log cabin blocks this way, unless I have a lot of bias or some other reason to think there will be a problem. Stitching around all the edges is probably a good step for newer quilters, but it really adds a lot of time to the process, and I am far too impatient. Again, sewing the blocks together with the paper still on is another option for fool-proof results, but I have real sensory issues with all that crinkliness, and then there’s paper in the seams to pick out. I find that I can get good, accurate results by handling the blocks gently and using the occasional pin (radical, I know! Not really a pinner, either). I use thin paper (this was phone book pages) or sometimes no paper at all, if I’m doing vertical strips. I press them well all along the way, trim carefully, and remove the paper gently, and I don’t have any trouble. How do you deal with these kind of blocks?
Here they are with the coordinating quilt top. There will be Snow sashing between all these string blocks, so the result will be much lighter and will match the first quilt better.
I’m linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.