Sunday, February 16, 2014

S'more Rows.6 Paper Pieced Tents

Paper Pieced Tents
(rows 3 & 7)
I am thrilled to have you back again this month.  I was a little afraid that last months blocks may have pushed you over the edge. 
This month we have another paper pieced block.  The principle is the same as last month - if you need a refresher in how to do it go back and read my tutorial on paper piecing.  This works the same way.
Fabric Requirements:
  • Background - 13" x wof (a generous 1/3 of a yard) - I used Aqua Star bursts (SKU#37075-17)
  • Brown - 1/4 yard - I used various scraps
  • Inside Tent - 1/4 yard - I used various scraps.
  • Paper - 12 sheets - I used regular printer paper
Cutting Directions:
  • Background
    • A4 & B4
      • cut 2, 6 1/4" x width of fabric (wof) strip
      • sub cut each strip into 14, 3" x 6 1/4" rectangles
      • you will have 4 extra
  • Brown
    • A2 & B2
      • cut 1, 2 3/4" x wof strip
      • cut 24, 1 1/2" x 2 3/4" rectangles from it
      • set remnant, 2 3/4" x 6 ish" aside
    • A3 & B3
      • cut 1, 4" x wof strip
      • cut 24, 1 1/2 ' x 4" rectangles from it.
      • set remnant, 4" x 6 ish" aside
  • Inside Tent - This is a great place to use some fussy cut pieces.  Imagine someone looking out from the tent!
    • A1 & B1
      • cut 2, 4" x wof strips
      • sub cut 21, 4" x 2" rectangles from 1st strip
      • cut 3, 4" x 2" rectangles from 2nd strip
      • set remnant, 4" x 36 ish" aside
  • Paper
    • When you print the pattern be sure that your settings are as follows
      • Fit to printable area - NO!!! 
    • Print one page and measure the pattern pieces
      • The largest solid line rectangles should measure 2 1/2" x 5"
    • Once you are sure the pieces print out correctly, print the remaining 11 pages.
    • Print 12 copies of this
    • Cut into rectangles, A and B
Break time!!
Before you scrunch your nose up and say "Ewwwwww", let me tell you that I wasn't so thrilled with this idea at first either.  But then I drew it and I have to say it brought back some very sweet memories.
Once upon a time I lived and worked in a place affectionately referred to as "Tent City."  It was a beastly place to live during the day.  Good thing no one was there while the sun was up.
If you have a friend or relation that spent time working at a summer camp, they might have lived in one of these places too.  Wouldn't this make a cute throw pillow?  The fabric requirements are the same as for the row you are working on....just add a couple of fat quarters for the borders and Bob's your uncle. 
now back to the regularly scheduled directions....

Sewing Directions:
  • Assemble blocks - just like you did last month only you are making tents now instead of trees.
  • Assemble rows -
    • Gather
      • 12 tree blocks
      • 12 tent blocks
    • Arrange 24 blocks into 2 rows of 12 each.  Scatter the tents and trees so that your campers have some privacy.
    • Sew blocks together.
  • Remove papers
    • Ya, it is a pain.
    • It is okay to tug on your fabric while you are gathering the tiny bits of paper.  In fact I recommend it.  Pull the fabric perpendicularly from the seams.  It will help to pop the perforations of the paper.
    • Papers come of easiest when you gently abuse the blocks.
  • Finished rows should measure 5 1/2" x 60 1/2"


Highland Monkey's said...

wow, that looks like a complicated pattern! It is going to look really nice when it's finished.

Celtic Thistle said...

Tent city doesn't sound so good, but your block looks great!