Have you ever wanted to try a new technique, but were a bit intimidated by it?
That was me with paper piecing. But thanks to Carla over at Lollyquiltz, I have overcome! Carla wanted to purge a stack of her quilting books and I was one of the lucky ducks that received some of her bounty. This was one of the books. It has patterns of paper-pieced quilt labels. They are like mini blocks.
I figured now was a good time to give it a try. What did I have to lose, but a bit of fabric?
Here is my first attempt. It was a complete disaster. I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to turn back and what I was supposed to trim.
I was about to give up paper piecing forever when I remembered all the knowledge that is out there in cyberspace. Some kind soul must have done a tutorial on this, I thought. After a quick search on YouTube, I found this video.
Even though I didn’t have the tools she recommends in the video, I was able to follow her technique. I used a regular acrylic ruler and gave it a shot with some scraps and voila! I made a crazy rose!
After that, I was completely smitten. I went searching the internet for free patterns. I found one by Ula Lenz and I made this.
And then I made it into this.
Ooh-wee! There’s no stopping me now! I’m so glad that I gave paper piecing a try. Who knows what I’ll stitch up next?!?
What technique have you been itching to try?