English Paper Piecing with Jenny Doan & Sue Daley – The Quatro Colour Quilt

Jenny: Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the
MSQC. And I am here today with Sue Daley. Hi Sue, how are you?
Sue: Hi Jenny. Jenny: We are just having way too much fun,
way too much fun. So Sue does English Paper Piecing which is a little, way different than
regular paper piecing which I can’t wrap my brain around. But the English Paper Piecing,
oh my gosh. So I want you to take a look at some of the things we have on our set today
because in my mind English Paper Piecing was kind of this, you know it’s kind of like
a grandma. Sue: Ya like little hexagons
Jenny: Like little grandma flower things and things like that. And look at these projects.
So we’ve got this awesome quilt back here. And you’re going to have to tell the names
of these things. Do they have names? Sue: Yes, this is Quatro Colour
Jenny: Quatra Colour? Sue: Quatro Colour
Jenny: Quatro Colour. I might have to translate for you. She’s Australian and she has a
bit of an accent. I might have to do a little translations so Quatro Colour. And then this
one? Sue: This one over here is from my new line
Sundance and it’s called Butterfly Dance. Jenny: Isn’t that just gorgeous? And over
here we’ve got a couple of things. Sue: This one up here is called Birds of Paradise.
Would you like me to take that down? Jenny: Oh let’s look at it real quick.
Sue: Ya ok. Jenny: They’re just gorgeous. They’re
beautiful, beautiful quilts and we are actually going to show you how to do some of these
things right here. Alright do we have it up and down.
Sue: It’s up and down, ya. Jenny: Look at that. Isn’t that just gorgeous?
Sue: Lots of different paper piecing techniques on this quilt and some applique, ya
Jenny: So much, so pretty. Alright. Jenny: So now that you’ve seen all these
fun projects and all the different things you can do because they’re just based on
a shape, Sue’s going to show us how to make these and it’s just so much easier than
you thought. Sue: It really is, it’s really simple. So
first of all I’m just going to take the template out of the bag. So we have our quatro
petal template . So the template has your built in seam allowance here and then we have
some papers. Jenny: Perfect.
Sue: So the paper you can see is smaller than the template. So the template is used for
cutting your fabric. So you would just place your template onto your fabric and rotary
cut around the outside of your template. Jenny: Perfect.
Sue: And then you would have your shape right here. Take a paper
Jenny: And because it’s clear you can actually what you’re cutting
Sue: You can see through it Jenny: Too yes so if you want to, a certain
little thing. Sue: Ya. We’ll take our glue pen and we’re
just going to pop our paper on top of our fabric. And we’re just going to glue just
inside the edge of the paper. So not right on the very edge, just inside the edge. Fold
it, turn it. Jenny: Look, how cool is that? So you never
have to actually. It’s not needle turn Sue: No
Jenny: It’s just this glue method. It just make it so doable for all of us.
Sue: It probably saves me about 75% of preparation time from how it used to be.
Jenny: Well it actually makes it, for me it makes it look like I really could do it
Sue: Yep, absolutely. Jenny: That’s awesome.
Sue: Ok so then we will take a different shape here and I’ll do this one because this is
one of the other shapes that goes with that particular block.
Jenny: So this is the block we’re making the shapes for
Sue: So we’ve done that one and I’m going to glue this one
Jenny: And this one actually has four shapes so it has this quatro, is it quatro petal,
is that what it’s called? Sue: Yes, quatro petal and a four pointed
star and a one inch square. So not too much glue. You don’t want to be too heavy handed
with that. Just a little bit. And there we have that little shape. So what we have now
is this one and we have this one. And then we have a square that we’ve prepared earlier
which will go in the middle. So to sew that together.
Jenny: Here we have, why don’t we lay this out so we can see. Give them a look
Sue: Ya let’s lay this out Jenny: Because
Sue: Let’s put this like this and turn these in this way.
Jenny: These go out right like this? Now do you worry about those, those little dog tails?
Sue: Those little tails will just sit in and nest in behind, behind the work when you’ve
sewn it up. So we don’t have to worry about those. You don’t want to fold those in nice
and neat. You want those to just stick out just like that. So that’s how that will
look when we sew it together. Jenny: So see this little block here, this
is this little block which is this quilt right here. This is all this is are these pieces
right here. And I love that. To me that made it really doable. You know when you look at
that you’re like, Oh my gosh I could never make that. But all it is is a block at a time.
A block at a time. Sue: Absolutely
Jenny: And so that makes it really cool. So now though we have to sew them together.
Sue: Yep. So what we’ll do is I’ll just take the center piece here, the little square.
And I’m going to take one of my quatro petals and lay it on the top. And I’m going to
come in from behind so I’m using a milliner’s needle so it’s a long needle.
Jenny: So it’s right here, I want to make sure they can see this. So it’s right here,
she goes under that fabric like in and comes out at the fold.
Sue: Between the fabric and the card there just to lose my knot that I have at the end
of my thread so it doesn’t pull away as I try and do my little knicker knot. So I’ve
just lined those in there and I’m going to come in for one stitch at the very beginning.
Jenny: There we go. Sue: And then I’m going to come in for a
second stitch and I’m going to leave my needle in. And there we have the knicker knot.
So we have one thread at the front. We’re going to take it under, to the left and to
the back. And these two will come forward and under to the right and to the back.
Jenny: And what did you call that? Sue: A knicker knot.
Jenny: A knicker knot. Sue: Don’t get your knickers in a knot.
Jenny: I love it. I love it. Sue: I know, it’s cool. And it does a little
figure eight right there. And it locks it off so it doesn’t come undone. And then
we’re just going to continue on and sew along that edge. And we’re going to sew
our stitches maybe ⅛ of an inch apart, perhaps 1/16 of an inch. Not too close though. You
don’t want to be sewing on top of it, you know you don’t want to sew the stitches
right on top of each other. There’s no need to do them so closely. So I’m going to sew
right along to this edge. And you want to sew straight. You want to sew from the back,
this is my back, back to the front this way. And keep your needle straight and so what
happens that’s the shortest distance is straight across. And that stops you from seeing
the stitches on the right side. Jenny: So that helps the stitches not to show.
That’s awesome. Sue: Ya, because when you look at older quilts
that’s all you see is those stitches. And it was something that I didn’t want to do
because I didn’t want to see those stitches all the time.
Jenny: Ya. Sue: So I’m going to get right to that very
end. I’m going to do two stitches right at that point there. Two stitches right there.
And then I’m going to open that up. And then I want to add
Jenny: And honestly wait, let people see this. You, you really, I mean you cannot see the
stitches on there. I mean it’s just beautiful. Sue: Thank you.
Jenny: You’re like, Thank you. Sue: Thank you. So we want to then add this
one in here. But what I’m going to do first of all is I’m going to travel my thread
up in behind because I don’t want to keep cutting my thread off. So I’m just going
to travel my thread up in behind and bring it up to where I want to sew from next which
is this point at the top here. I hold it from that bottom piece. And I want to put this
one in here because then I can sew down here and then I can sew my next piece across the
top. Jenny: Ok that makes sense.
Sue: So I don’t have to keep cutting my thread and restarting, doing knicker knots
and things so. I’m just going to do two stitches at the beginning again right there.
And then I’m just going to travel down the side
Jenny: So that actually really makes sense because you don’t have to cut your thread
Sue: No Jenny: You can slide it in under the fabric.
You go the way out to the end where you start and you’re not re-knotting and knotting
and it will stay Sue: No you’re not.
Jenny: Together. That makes perfect sense Sue: The less time you cut your thread, the
better you are. Jenny: And just when you are, you go to sew
them together you’re just going to fold them
Sue: Yes and then you just Jenny: Just right back
Sue: Just them all over on themselves. So doing Y seams is not a problem anymore. Everybody
shies away from Y seams but with English piecing you can just fold it and bend it and twist
it and get it where you need it. And then sew it. Jenny: Ok so once you get your block all done,
I mean this looks awesome, but how do you get it all together in the quilt?
Sue: Ok so I’ve joined it together, if you look at the quilt you can see we have some
elongated hexagons in there which have joined it together. Those little crosses are four
elongated hexagons and shaded it from black all the way up to white. So elongated hexagons
look like this. And we just piece them together this way. And then we can pop them onto our
block here and here all the way round. And then we can join them until they marry up
to the quilt. Jenny: Oh, so this, how would this
Sue: This one here Jenny: So this would go this way, no
Sue: This would go like this. Sorry let’s turn this here like this. He’s going to
go in here like that. Oop, sorry like this. Jenny: Let’s get this one out of here. She
knows I’m angley challenged. She’s just trying to confuse me.
Sue: Ok Jenny: There we go. Oh, yes. Ok.
Sue: So they come together so you have all these little stars, all these little crosses
happening in between your blocks Jenny: Ya. Oh. So, so cool.
Sue: One block and a cross, one block and a cross.
Jenny: Oh it’s perfect, perfect. That just makes it so easy and doable. I just love it.
Sue: Ya, ya it’s just so portable. I love it too.
Jenny: Well it’s just been wonderful having you here.
Sue: Thank you. Jenny: Thanks for joining us.
Sue: It’s been fun. Jenny: So we hope you enjoyed this tutorial
on the easy way to English paper piece with Sue Daley and the MSQC.