Friday, July 03, 2009

Prize Ribbons



I'm again making the center medallion for prize ribbons to be given at our guild show. This year I'm paper piecing a block to be formed around the cardboard circle, and then surrounded by a rosette of the fabric shown with fabric and ribbon streamers. There will be eighteen medallions in all, three for each of the five categories and three special ribbons. Given my feeling about paper piecing, this qualifies as chore sewing. My goal is to get this done early next week and turn to something else. I'm still tweaking the fabric choices and the best way to make a smooth edge. Neither one of these is quite ready for prime time.

I tried Dritz Wash Away foundation paper for this project. It washes away beautifully, but causes some puckering. That might be less of a problem in a larger block where the seams make up a smaller percentage of the total area. Puckering or not, it sure beats tearing away little bits of paper! I'd recommend it.

Happy Fourth, everybody. If I had a sample of the white ribbon done, wouldn't that be patriotic?

7 comments:

Libby Fife said...

I bet those are small little pieces! Thanks for the tip on the wash away foundation. I will store that little factoid away for future use:)

Deb Geyer said...

I do like to paper piece so I'll have to try the wash away foundation. I usually use a thin tracing paper which is nice because I can run it through the printer. But it is a chore tearing away all of that paper.

How do you get the pattern marked on the foundation?

Serena said...

Happy 4th to you too! What a great prize to win! I've never tried paper piecing but can guarantee I would not take to it easily. I struggle with anything where after it's pieced I have to spend tons more time on it.

Joyce said...

I've tried paper piecing and didn't like it either. Yours is looking good.

Rian said...

I have never heard of this washaway foundation. I'll have to try it! I use paper piecing all the time and I hate--loathe--removing the paper.

The ribbons are cool! Kudos to you for making them.

The Calico Cat said...

I think "we" like paper piecing equally...

Candace said...

Neat ribbons, Kay! I've not heard of the Dritz product...will have to investigate!
Cheers!