Overcoming Paper Piecing

by Nicole

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?

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beth lehman January 25, 2012 - 12:53 am

fun! ironically i was paper piecing today, too! with mixed results… it was a little hard to wrap my brain around exactly which side was which… i'm in a bee group that is making polariods this time around. bree is our leader and here's her tutorial: http://my-crafty-crap.blogspot.com/2011/12/polaroid-quilt-block.html

Michele January 25, 2012 - 1:32 am

Woo hoo, you've got it! Paper piecing was a challenge for me too. But once you get the concept, you wonder why you found it so challenging! It's a really fun technique with killer results. I encourage everyone to try it.

MB in MI January 25, 2012 - 1:51 am

Love paper piecing!! Very nice work you do! 🙂

Maureen Cracknell Handmade January 25, 2012 - 2:11 am

Your work is absolutely beautiful!! Nicely done!

Debbie January 25, 2012 - 5:30 am

Yay! Good for you, Nicole! Paper-piecing is a bit of a mind stretch isn't it? Currently I'm trying some new blocks (the asterisk being my most recent) and also continue to work on my fmq skills.

Sandy August 6, 2014 - 12:26 pm

You will love doing paper piecing. It's my favorite way to put a block together. The patterns are endless, and, the results, spectacular.

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