Fractured Prep

I know I said last week that paper piecing wastes a lot of fabric, BUT… I’ve decided to make my own “Fractured” quilt using Displacement Activity’s paper piecing tutorial.

Instead of using regular paper, I’ve decided to use tracing paper, it’s transparent so I can see the lines on both sides and thin for easier paper removal, two very huge benefits. It’s not very expensive either, $3 for a pad.

Fractured Paper Piece

I don’t know if all tracing paper is like this (I don’t think so), it has a rough(ish) side and a smooth side. The smooth side will be up and the rough(ish) side will be against the fabric.

I haven’t decided on a colour palette yet– yellows and blues? I think I’ll make it larger than the original which is 36″ x 36″, I may also offset the burst so it’s not in the middle of the quilt but rather one corner.

What are you up to this weekend?


10 thoughts on “Fractured

  1. I am completely intrigued by this! What colors are you using? This is going to be great, I know it. Did you know they make a lightweight, leave-in foundation for paper piecing? In the String Quilt Revival book I just bought, it talks about (and employs) it. I haven’t looked for it in the stores or online yet. Sounds cool though, no paper to remove.

    • I know, I love this pattern, it’s very freeing, you draw your own lines and if you make a mistake, it’s easy to cover up! Red -> Magenta -> Orange -> Yellow -> Vanilla -> Pale Blue -> Medium Blue -> Purple!

  2. This is a pretty quilt (I went and looked at it or them). This could totally be done without paper piecing since the points are not super pointy and exact. I will email you some ideas soon.

  3. To follow up with what P said above, yeah I think you can also use really sheer lightweight non-fusible interfacing, I haven’t tried this yet but am assuming you probably can’t iron from that side.

      • Yeah I agree you wouldn’t want the interfacing to have much presence. Good for you that the experiment with the tracing paper was a success. It is way cheaper and easier to deal with. I will have to try that myself.

  4. oh!!! I am so excited you are making one – I would love to see it finished! Please add it to the Flickr group when you are done (the Pervalong button links to the flickr group). Have fun and let me know if you have any questions!

    • I wish I could have participated in your Pervalong and meant to ask you WHY it’s called a “Pervalong”? LOL! I LOVE this quilt because it’s so freeform, there are no mistakes and every quilt is different not just because of the colour choices but because we draft our own paper pieces. Very cool, how did you come up with it??

      After I finish this one, I’m going to make another for a friend in hospital, I’m sure it’ll stimulate his neurons in such a drab environment.

      Thanks so much for swinging by and especially for commenting!

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