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Summer project with 6 Boats: the third

Today Boat nr. 3: download the tree Paper Piecing pattern HERE. Print it out, 100%/actual size.

Make paper templates again, like you did with the previous boats. I have placed them in the same order as with the paper piecing pattern, to make sure I’ve got them all. 

Finding fabrics: again, I have used the Fossil Ferns: this time a very light blue for the water…

Place the paper templates on the wrong side of the fabrics and cut them. As you can see, I always cut fabrics overly large, because I want to be sure they cover the sections well. 

Glueing fabric 1 onto section 1, again using the Bohin Glue Pen glue.

Working with the Add-a-Quarter liniaal, place the folding template on the solid line, and fold the paper back. Push the Add-a-Quarter ruler against this, and cut the extra fabric, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  When working with a regular quilting ruler, use 1/4 inch of 0,5cm for seam allowance.

Before bringing the pattern and fabrics to my sewing machine, I have used Bohin Glue Pen to glue both fabrics together: this works great. No pins involved!

Fabric 2 is placed under fabric 1, sewing on the solid line between 1 and 2. Remember to begin a few stitches before the line, and end a few stitches beyond the line. Also reduce the stitch length: more perforations in the paper makes it much easier, tearing the paper away in the end.

The first sail is covered, and a piece of sky…

At this point, preparing sewing line 5, the seam allowance of 1/2/3 has to be cut back. 

My BERNINA 770QE is on a fast track!

Again, fabrics along the edges need to protrude: this way you will be sure that these fabrics are covering the entire paper piecing pattern, seam allowances included. 

It goes on and on, all fabrics sewn, ironed, cut back (seam allowance) and on again.

Don’t forget to iron each fabric that is folded to the right side, before sewing another. 

And my block is ready: the back is showing all stitches and the extra fabrics over the edges. 

This is my block after cutting it back to the right size, seam allowances included. Boat 3 is quite different but also fun to make.


Next time Boat 4: enjoy and see you then!  


Sylvia Kaptein


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: Add-a-Quarter ruler, Bohin Glue Pen, cutting mat, Fossil Fern fabrics, quilt fabrics, quilting ruler, rotary cutter, scissors, white paper

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