March 3rd, 2018

Shamrock Picture Piecing w/ Joyce James

​Presented by CQG member, Joyce James. 

Joyce will demonstrate a unique technique, Cynthia England’s “Picture Piecing”, for precise quilting using freezer paper.  Joyce created her own original shamrock pattern for our workshop.  This technique results in a precise paper pieced look but it’s so much better!  No paper to pick out.  No fabric waste - cut out exactly what you need.  The pattern pieces can be reused.  Use a regular stitch length.  If you don't sew it perfectly, don't rip it out! You can either sew closer or move the pattern piece.  You are going to LOVE this technique. 

The freezer paper shamrock pattern for 1 block will be provided for the workshop.  A copy of the pattern will also be provided for your use beyond the workshop.  The shamrock block trims to 8 1/2 inches square.  Then add border(s) of your choice to create a finished piece. 

Materials and supplies needed for one shamrock block, top only:

  • Sewing machine. Open-toe foot is optional but not necessary.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fat quarter of a neutral fabric for background. Or variety of neutral scraps for scrappy look.
  • Fat quarter of a green fabric for shamrock and border. Or variety of green scraps for scrappy look.
  • Travel iron is quite helpful but not necessary.

Please join us to learn this interesting technique. 

Check out Cynthia England’s technique, Parts 1 & 2, on YouTube.     

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