Go Teal it on the Mountain #2

A little light relief from pink, then….

I’m really happy with the photos I’ve seen so far of the Ovarian Cancer team blocks for Go Teal it on the Mountain. (While I’m at it, shall we just shorten that to GTOM?) I’m not planning to show them till the blocks arrive, but I know some are on the way already, so you won’t have long to wait.

It was time to make a start on my own blocks. I like the crispness and accuracy of paper piecing, so that’s what I chose to start with.

A quick sketch of the idea, and then onto quilting graph paper. Designing a paper piecing pattern isn’t hard; the trick lies in deciding where the dividing lines between the sections need to go. One helpful point is that if you don’t make the block symmetrical, you won’t have a thousand seams all meeting in the same place, and your block will lie flatter. Anyway, I drew out the design, put in numbers to show assembly order and marks to ensure good alignment when the pieces are sewn together, and cut them out. Then I photocopied the pieces and added seam allowance around the outside. I always add more than ¼ inch, to allow me to trim out and to ensure the piece isn’t skimpy. You do need to remember that the finished design will be a mirror image of what you’ve drawn, since the fabric is stitched onto the back of your pieces. If you don’t want this, you have to trace all the lines and markings through onto the reverse, and make sure you work on the same side of each piece. It might help if you use a different colour on the reverse.

There are a thousand tutorials for assembling paper pieced blocks, so I won’t go there, except to say I like a dab of washable glue stick to hold the first piece in place rather than a pin, that I use an old, dull needle so I don’t spoil my good ones, and that tweezers are less dangerous than stitch rippers for fishing out those little elusive bits of paper in the corners 🙂

Here it is, assembled. The photo doesn’t give the true colour of the ‘sky’ so the contrast between it and the snow caps isn’t very clear. Three are darker and one is lighter than the sky. It’s the first of several different blocks – I have to wait and see how many I’m getting from the rest of the team, but I imagine I’ll be making at least three or four…

More soon.

39 thoughts on “Go Teal it on the Mountain #2

  1. Emma says:

    I needed this for inspiration, I’ve been thinking about how I want my blocks to be all week, I think I have a couple ideas now 🙂 I’ll probably do some paper piecing myself!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh good! I’m glad I managed to get the ball rolling for you 🙂 I’m so pleased you still have time to do this, despite the impending Happy Event!

      • Emma says:

        I wouldn’t miss it, I think it’s such a great cause and I know too many people who have lost the battle against cancer not to do something, even small, to fight back. I’m amazed that some sewers have already sent their blocks to you, kudos to them!

      • katechiconi says:

        Absolutely. I feel the same way as you, and having survived a bout with cancer myself, I feel a strong need to give back.

  2. nettyg says:

    Nice mountains. Lovely rich teals. I had something similat in mind, and want to do some applique too……I’m just finishing off a small appliqued quilt of Mt Warning for a local art show, so feel like I’m ‘in the zone’.

  3. claire93 says:

    I always love to see how you tackle blocks. This is lovely.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d never have learned so much if other people hadn’t explained how they did things. Maybe I’ll encourage someone else to give making their own paper piecing patterns a go…

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    This is lovely. Thank you for sharing the method.

  5. craftycreeky says:

    How did I miss the last post! Am I too late to join in? I would love to make a block. Love your mountain block.

  6. kathyreeves says:

    I am getting k spired by these first blocks! I want to do one traditional and one different block, but no decisions yet!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m hoping someone will do a flying geese block, they make perfect little mountains! I have another block set to post about tomorrow, so maybe that one will spark something too.

  7. Your GTOM is beautiful ~ the cause is even better ~ Thank you

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m really looking forward to getting everyone’s blocks in and arranging them on my design wall. It’s one of my favourite parts of doing these fundraiser quilts! Glad you like what you’ve seen so far…

  8. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    What a lovely color !! And such a good cause !

  9. dayphoto says:

    My daughter, the quilter loves paper piecing!

  10. Lynda says:

    This is really pretty. I love all your fabrics and the PPPattern you’ve selected.

  11. jeanswenson says:

    Nice, and what a great tutorial! This method would have worked so much better for the block I sent for GTOM. Next time… 😊

  12. tialys says:

    Aargh! You got me into foundation paper piecing and now you’re tempting me into designing the patterns too. I might give it a go- one of these days – when I get a minute.
    The block is great by the way.

    • katechiconi says:

      Look, it’s not hard… Start with something simple and it’ll encourage you. I’d recommend being pretty generous with the seam allowances you add to each section. This was just four simple pieces, and as you can see, it works quite well.

  13. So that’s why those shapes have plain round the edge of the graph – you photocopied them – my very first thought was how? why? how strange – but I understand now!
    thank you

  14. Joanne S says:

    What a beautiful block! I love the color combo.

  15. rutigt says:

    GTOM blocks! I haven´t forget about it, but I haven´t started on one yet! I was thinking of doing a block much similar to your block. What else can you do with a mountain?

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