Reasons to try paper piecing right now

Quilting 101: Reasons to try paper piecing right now

From A Paper-Pieced GardenIn a recent post about the new book of paper-pieced quilt patterns, Little Gems by Connie Kauffman, we asked Stitch This! readers to describe your level of paper-piecing prowess. More than 1000 of you enthusiastically responded (thank you!), and your comments told us that while many of you are paper-piecing fans, others haven’t yet caught the bug.

Maybe you’re new to quilting, or you’ve been playing with other techniques and haven’t yet tried paper piecing, or perhaps you’re just a wee bit intimidated by what appears to be an upside-down-and-backwards process. We’re here to help you overcome your hesitation and discover how fun paper piecing can be.

Being a confident paper piecer can open the floodgates to becoming a more creative quilter. It means having another tool in your toolbox to help you achieve the quilts you dream about. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Read on to see just a few of the reasons your fellow quilters gave for loving this technique.

> “Paper piecing is like painting by number, or coloring inside the lines. You just cannot go wrong with paper piecing.”

> “You can design your own blocks or use the technique to overcome construction challenges.”

> “The smallest quilts and most intricate blocks come out so perfect. AND your friends are just amazed at your skill.”

Need more reasons? How about these: you can achieve absolutely accurate points, it’s a great way to use scraps, it’s perfect for creating a picture, you don’t have to worry about grainline, it’s the best way to do miniatures, and you can enlarge or reduce blocks to suit your needs.

When it comes to choosing fabrics for paper piecing, anything goes…almost. Here’s a tip about fabric selection that’ll help you avoid frustration.

Quick tip: choosing fabrics for paper piecing

Are you ready to give paper piecing a try? You’ll find a wealth of paper-pieced quilt block patterns in these popular books to get you started.

Quilts from A Quilter's Ark
Clockwise from bottom left: “North American Animals Quilt,” “Farm Quilt,” and “Ark Quilt” from
A Quilter’s Ark.

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From 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks
These are just a handful of the amazing variety of blocks in 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks, which includes a CD of patterns to print out so you can get to the sewing faster.

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Projects from A Paper-Pieced Garden
From bottom left: “A Winter’s Tale,” “Dutch Tulips,” and “Four Seasons Sampler” from
A Paper-Pieced Garden.

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From Needles and Notions
Needles and Notions, you can showcase your favorite quilting and sewing notions in a quilt for your sewing space.

Papers for Foundation PiecingDon’t forget the paper!
Paper piecing is always more successful when you have the proper tools. Our Papers for Foundation Piecing work on almost any home printer or photocopier and tear easily when the time comes to remove the paper from your project.

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What pictorial image would you like to paper piece into a quilt? Tell us in the comments.

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