21 March, 2012

Paper piecing

I've been playing with paper piecing properly for the first time and I think I like it!

I'm still having the occasional problem with getting the pieces to stay put when I flip the paper over to sew, but its getting easier and I'm screwing up less and less. It's so extremely satisfying producing perfect lines and points, even with very thin strips. Plus you get to tear off the paper afterwards and that's kind of fun too!


  1. I don't know how you paper piece this kind of block, but I, too, am doing my first paper pieced quilt -- a string quilt. It's pretty cool making a raggedy block and then trimming it to perfection!

  2. I must admit I don't know about paper piecing string blocks, but I imagine the principle for both kinds are pretty much the same, except with this one you have to sew the strips on in a particular order. Do you have a pattern when you paper piece a string block or do you just wing it with random strips? And yes, the trimming is also very enjoyable!

  3. Robyn Vines SmithMarch 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    The way I learned to do it (from Film in the Fridge blog) is to glue-stick the center strip diagonally to the paper and then sew the strips willy-nilly one to the next. So, no, no particular order except the white one in the center of all of them.

  4. Loving the look or your paper pieced block! It's so satisfying getting those nice perfect point isn't it. The string blocks that Robyn is talking about are fun to do to. I used a tutorial on Sewtakeahike's blog.

  5. Ooh, that pic makes me want to see the whole thing! Paper piecing has always been a mystery to me, but with results like that I'd better look into it!

  6. Jolie @ tropicalsoupMarch 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    Forgive me - it's been way too long since I've been here! (I've been studiously avoiding my Reader since I'm so behind!)
    I know some paper piecers who put a tiny dab of glue (just regular old glue stick) onto the paper to hold the fabric in place - apparently it doesn't interfere with removing the paper at the end, just helps with the placement issues.



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