My oldest loves airplanes.
I never knew how often I tune out the sound of an airplane passing by. I never knew how long a little person could be entertained by sitting around watching for airplanes. I never knew that our airport had an observation deck with a playground. We’ve never actually played at that playground because my son can spend the better part of an hour dashing around the observation deck shouting, “THERE’S AN AIRPLANE!” each time they take off or land. I doubt even Santa can elicit that much excitement. I now know these things.
So, naturally, I feel like I should make him a quilt with an airplane.
I started by making a paper piecing template for a 9″ x 17″ airplane. (It’s in my Craftsy shop.)
Those passenger windows are pretty small, but because of the 90 degree angles of the windows, they sewed up very quickly.
To minimize waste, I used strips of fabric and trimmed the strip away after each seam. By alternating strips, I was able to move quickly and didn’t need to think about fabric size and placement.
If you’re new to paper piecing, you might not realize it, but many patterns have registration marks. Those marks help with accuracy when joining various sections of your paper pieced block. When joining two pieces, you align the registration marks and pin through them. If your two sections aren’t lined up properly, the pin won’t catch both registration marks. You’ll see that the pin lands to the right or the left of the mark and can unpin and adjust – which is much faster than unpicking and resewing a seam.
There’s one long seam in my airplane template that requires exact accuracy else the airplane’s two halves won’t come together. The first time I sewed this, I was just the tiniest bit off, and it bothered me. I knew I’d pinned perfectly through the registration marks, so I unpicked the seam and used my walking foot to resew it with much better results.
I’d like to give away two copies of this paper piecing template. If you’re interested, leave a comment telling me where you’d go if you could drop everything and go get on a plane. I can’t figure out how to close comments on this blog, but I’ll pick two and announce them on Monday, November 10!
If you haven’t been over to Sew Mama Sew today, I invite you to check their Handmade Holiday series. Every day in November, a different Sew Mama Sew reader curates tutorials, printables, and recipes to help you create handmade gifts. Today is my day, and I picked a few tutorials perfect for gift giving to the frequent flyer in your life!