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EDIT: For those who’d like to know, this block can be found here, courtesy of Beth from Piece By Number. She has a heap of free blocks, take a look.

I’ve been taking some machine-piecing lessons lately and I’m starting to make friends with my machine. Yesterday we did foundation paper piecing. I can’t tell you how many times I had to undo it and redo it and then cut the wrong piece etc.,etc. I managed to finish two quadrants of the block at the lesson.

Today I finished the other two at home and wonder of wonders, I didn’t make a single mistake.  The thing that made it easy for me was trimming the excess to the next to be sewn seam line so I could easily line up the next piece. I used a tailor’s awl to score the paper so that I could fold it back before sewing to trim and suddenly everything just flowed.

So here’s my foundation pieced “newspaper cuttings” block.