I have had more questions once again on how am I hand piecing Joseph’s Coat. If you are new to hand piecing or just thinking of it – I know it can be daunting to begin. But really you basically hand piece the same as you would machine piece – but maybe slower You lay your pieces out and pin in place – then get busy and sew. Here are some step by steps.
1- this is the piece that I already had done last night. It is just finger pressed – I haven’t gotten the iron out yet.
2 – starting a new segment – place them on the felt in the way they will look when done. If you think you will get confused and get things out of order take a photo with your digital camera and you can always go back and look – isn’t technology great
3- Pin one melon at a time to the background pieces. I use quarter inch masking tape to be my seam guide (yes I originally used Inklingo and printed my fabric out on freezer paper but I found it took more time – for squares and such I would use Inklingo though if I felt like it – these curves though work well like this) Some swear by Inklingo for hand piecing and although it does work well I find taking the time to prep takes more time than the way I have always done hand piecing.
4 – stitch along the tape using a running stitch – occasionally take a back stitch to make the seam stronger. For hand piecing I use this stick on thimble to help protect my finger – you can go without or with any kind of thimble that you like.
5- when I get done with a seam I can use this stick on thimble to help finger press my seam – for the melons it is advised on the Inklingo site to press towards the melon so that is what I am doing.
6- I keep finger pressing as I finish each seam – when I get done with all the segments I get the iron out and press with seam and then again when I finish a whole row.
7- this segment is now complete – it took me 30 minutes to hand piece this while I was watching the news and snapping photos as I went.
8- The two segments that I now have done for this row. I just placed them like this so you can see how they fit together. I will just stack them one on top of another in the box and when I get the whole row of segments done I will piece the row together and then join it to the big part of the quilt already done.
I hope this helps you all who are thinking of hand piecing. If you have never hand pieced can I suggest that you try something easier than curves to begin. Try a simple 4 patch block to get the hang of how to hold the pieces while stitching and go from there in your adventure to hand piece a quilt