For January, Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs is the Queen Bee. You can read about the colors and paper pieced block, Split Hatchet, she chose here.
I can't remember the last time I did paper piecing, but I think it turned out OK considering.
|Split Hatchet paper pieced quilt block|
Not wanting to come up short on any of the fabric piece sizes, I roughly measured the fabric piece required and decided I needed a square at least 5 1/2" to 6" inches. I was a little too generous and cut them around 7", but better be safe than sorry.
|Measuring to determine the fabric piece size needed|
Sharon wanted bright colors with creme backgrounds. Here is the grouping of colored fabrics and I chose some charm squares of Modern Background Paper for the background fabrics.
|Fabrics chosen for Sharon's block|
When paper piecing, I usually try to keep the grain relatively straight (especially on the outside edges) and cut the colored fabrics using the segment as a guide with a generous seam allowance added.
|Colored fabrics cut on grain using the segment as a guide|
Once I started paper piecing, it became easier as I went along. And once I trimmed the quadrants, removed the paper, sewed the sections together, the block actually measured 12 1/2".
|Paper pieced Split Hatchet 12 1/2" block|
If you'd like to make your own Split Hatchet, you can find the pattern here on 627Handworks. We used the 6" Split Hatchet version to make Sharon's blocks.
Since I included a couple of tips for cutting your fabric segments the correct size and on the grain, I'm linking to Tips and Tutorials with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl.
Also linking to Let's Bee Social with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.