It has been a while since I blogged about a technique and many of you are new followers, so after viewing this question on the popular “Panama Pyramids” Stitching group on Face Book, I figured it was time to blog about the way I’m stitching this wildly popular piecing phenomena that is sweeping the quilting world by storm this summer.
To start I did stamp out my pieces using the triangle in the Sugar Loaf stamp set and the new Large Pyramid that I made to coordinate with the triangle.
Most of you know that I plan the grain line when I develop my stamps. The lengthwise grain ALWAYS is aligned with the finger holds on the stamps.
You will notice that when the pyramids are cut out, you will have a “flat top” to help you determine the grain line.
Those of you that have taken classes with me, KNOW I love to sequentially piece. That means sewing from piece to piece without stopping, except for back stitches! Here is a close up of the drawing that is included in the Large Sugar Loaf pyramid stamp.
Okay, got your single thickness quilting thread ready on your Richard Hemming sharp? Place a small knot at the end. Grab the first 2 adjacent pieces. (It really doesn’t matter where you start.)
Sew up to the pin taking small stitches. When you reach the pin, take a backstitch and leave the needle “parked”.
Pick up the top triangle and place it right sides together. Drag your needle through to the corner of the top triangle.
Place a pin at the left corner and stitch up to the pin. Take a backstitch and then pick up the last triangle and stitch it in place.
DO NOT PRESS!!!! I KNOW YOU WANT TO, BUT YOU CAN STRETCH OUT THE BIAS EDGES ON 2 SIDES.
Make 2 more pieced pyramids the same way and lay out with your large pyramid.
When you turn them over, you will see I thought of everything! A reference line on the large triangle to make stitching the small triangles easy!
Can you see you can stitch this sequentially, too? The reference mark will help to get perfect points.
Take a backstitch at the seam, pop up the seams, park your needle in the seam. Place a pin at the far left corner. Drag your needle through the seams to the other side, backstitch and continue stitching.
When you are done, your block should look like this…
Pressing instructions are in the pattern with the large Sugar Loaf triangle. I’ve also included the very large setting triangle in the pattern. You will need to make a template for this template as there is no way you can make a stamp 6″ tall. Your hands aren’t large enough to grab the wood.
You’ll be amazed how fast these stitch up! I made 6 of them the other day in less than 3 hours.
When I stamped out my pyramids from my scrap bag, I place all the pieces for one pieced block on a thread, backstitch between the blocks, and add another block. The “string” looks like this…
Pull off one block and you are ready to sew!
Get your Sugar Loaf set and Sugar Loaf pyramid here.
Until next time,
Happy “sequential” stitching!