Paper Panache Workshop:
The "Keep It Vertical" Technique
instructions will teach you how to "keep it vertical" while making the sample
block at right. Select a "Vertical" or a "One-Way" print for the background area,
and another fabric for the hexagon. In this sample I used a One-Way print and,
in my judgment, it looks "right side up" with the triangular motif pointing upward.
I will add arrowheads to the pattern to ensure that my fabric always points up
as I sew.
Print the practice
pattern on a lightweight sheet of blank paper, cut it
out and follow along!
Make a Practice Sample
Turn the pattern over and trace the sewing lines onto the unprinted side of the
In Paper Panache patterns, the unprinted side is the "right side" and always receives the fabric. We are drawing rules on the right side.
After you have practiced this technique, this step is optional.
Note the arrows on the printed side of the pattern, and
turn to the right side again so that you will be drawing the rules in the same direction.
Using a colored pencil, draw vertical rules parallel to the left edge and work
across. These lines were drawn the width of the ruler, but the important part
is to be sure that at least one line runs through each numbered piece of the block.
If you are using a "One-Way" print, draw arrowheads on the
rules to show which direction is up. (You can ignore this step if your print is
When finished, the pattern should look like this. Be sure
you can tell the difference between the pattern lines and the ruled lines.
Pin the hexagon fabric for piece #1 in place (that is, right
side out on ruled side of pattern). We will now proceed to add piece #2--the triangle
at the top of this picture.
On the printed side, with your thumbnails, crease each end of
the first seamline.
Fold on the seam line. This picture shows a bit of the ruled side, the triangle we will be covering, the arrowheads and rules we drew, and the seam
allowance from piece #1.
Turn the pattern slightly so the ruled lines run straight
up and down. Lay the fabric you are using right-side up, with the print also running
in the vertical direction. If it is a One-Way print, check that the fabric points
in the same direction as the arrowheads that are showing.
Keeping rules and fabric vertical, place the pattern on
top of the fabric. The fabric beneath should extend above the fold of the pattern,
creating the seam allowance. There should be enough fabric beneath to cover the
shape (the triangle in this case) plus its seam allowances.
if it's not too much to consider at this point, try to choose a place on the fabric
that allows for the least waste--unlike this example.)
When the pattern is placed where you want it, hold the fabric
and pattern together firmly and move it to the machine.
In this picture
the pattern has unfolded, but it may be easier to move the unit with the pattern
folded like in Step 7.
Holding fabric and paper firmly together, open up the folded
pattern if you haven't already. Do not let paper or fabric move...slide it under the presser
foot and sew on the printed line between pieces 1 & 2.
Remove from machine, fold the pattern back again and trim
the seam allowance.
Turn to the right side, flip open fabric, press,
and trim any excess fabric away, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance around as usual.
Here is the first piece added on the right side of the pattern.
The print is reasonably vertical and it points the right way up. Repeat steps
5-10 to add the five remaining pieces in the same way.
How did you do? If some pieces look a little too skewed,
that's okay...this was your first effort, and it gets easier with practice.
Pssst...Can you find my mistake in this block?!
• Evaluating Prints
It Vertical" Directions
• Practice Pattern