2 tricks for how to paper piece quilt blocks: video

From Learn to Paper PieceEver tried paper piecing? If you have, you know there’s no better technique for getting accuracy in your blocks. If you haven’t tried paper piecing, give it a shot! The benefit of pinpoint precision is worth a try.

There are a few tricks that make paper piecing easier and more enjoyable. We caught up with Oh Glory! author Kathy Flowers at Quilt Market, and she’s a big paper-piecing fan. She shares her two favorite tips for how to paper piece quilt blocks in the video below:


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Kathy’s tips are must-haves when paper piecing for the first time or the 100th time! You can find the Add-A-Quarter ruler at your local quilt shop or online.

So, what wonderfully precise patchwork can you create with paper piecing? Take a peek:

Projects from Oh Glory!
Pretty and patriotic paper-pieced projects from Kathy’s book
Oh Glory!

Lobster Stew quilt
Nancy Mahoney’s colorful Lobster Stew quilt from her book
Learn to Paper Piece (can you imagine trying to sew these blocks without the magic of paper piecing?)

Garden Path quilt
This stunning Garden Path quilt from
A Paper-Pieced Garden by Maaike Bakker and Francoise Maarse

Serenity quilt
This small-and-scrappy Serenity quilt from
Little Gems by Connie Kauffman

Mariner's Compass quilt
This jaw-dropping Mariner’s Compass quilt from Showstopping Quilts to Foundation Piece by Tricia Lund and Judy Pollard

Do you consider yourself a paper piecer?

  • Yes, I love those perfect points, stick-straight angles—and fewer pins!
  • I’ve paper pieced before, but I’m still a beginner.
  • Never tried it—but I do like the sound of precise patchwork!

Tell us about your paper-piecing proficiency in the comments!

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