Paper piece a tribute to your passion: sewing! (+ giveaway)

Karens office

I feel I have a special relationship with the book I’m going to tell you about today. You see, an original quilt from the book, Needles and Notions, is hanging on the wall right outside my office. I see it anytime I look up.  Here’s the view I have (left).

Needles and NotionsNot only do I see it many times every day, but twice a week our offices are open for tours, and this quilt is one of the tour stops. I’ve heard our tour guide tell visitors how popular this quilt is, but that sadly, the book is out of print. Not anymore! Jaynette Huff’s Needles and Notions originally came out in 2000, but we get so many requests for it that it’s back in print this month!

Every quilter will love these perfectly suited sewing-themed blocks. Take a look. Tell me you don’t want to start making these blocks right now!

paper pieced quilt block--button jar paper pieced quilt block--cup paper pieced quilt block--iron paper pieced quilt block--needle
paper pieced quilt block--pin cushion paper pieced quilt block--rotary cutter paper pieced quilt block--scissors paper pieced quilt block--seam ripper
paper pieced quilt block--sewing machine paper pieced quilt block--spools paper pieced quilt block--tape measure paper pieced quilt block--thimble

Paper-pieced sampler quilt from Needles and NotionsThe featured quilt (right) is a sampler that uses 12 of the 13 blocks from the book. It’s just so dang cute. Who can resist?

I was reluctant to try paper-pieced quilt patterns. Am I the only quilter that always has to rip out the first seam every time I begin paper piecing quilts? I love the precise results, and once I get going I’m fine, but…

Well, rip no more! After reading Jaynette’s detailed lessons on how to paper piece, I’ve already learned new tricks I didn’t know before, like making a swatch chart to keep track of all of my fabrics and adding reference marks so I know which pieces to attach where.  She also provides excellent diagrams for every step in completing a block. Speaking as someone who has pulled her hair out trying to learn this technique, I wish I’d had these instructions when I first attempted to learn. I wouldn’t have had those bald spots!

Every block in the book comes in two sizes, 6″ and 4″. The 6″ size would make an adorable one-block wall hanging for a quilty friend’s birthday. The 4″ size could become a pincushion, a mug rug, or a sampler quilt in any size you like. Just pick your favorite blocks and arrange them however you want. My problem? I like them all! I think I see a new wall hanging in my not-so-distant future. I’d better stock up on foundation paper-piecing paper.

If you’ve never tried paper piecing and want to, Needles and Notions is a wonderful place to start. You can make a project as small or as large as you like—but I’m guessing that, like me, you’ll quickly be addicted and want to make every block!

Have you tried foundation paper piecing? Do you love it? Are you afraid of it? Tell me about your FPP experiences in the comments and you could win a copy of the Needles and Notions eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Jaynette’s book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win the Needles and Notions eBook. The randomly chosen winner is Pat, who said:

“I really like paper piecing. The first time I did it was with a BOM project at the quilt guild.  It was a block with MANY pieces in it….and it formed a lily pad when it was done.  I didn’t know paper-piecing was supposed to be scary and I happily tackled it with some guidance from a more experienced quilting friend and did a very nice job on it.  After that, I just dove in and was never afraid of doing that technique…even taught a few people to do it (some loved it…others hated it…seems there is no "middle ground" with this technique).  Anyway……I’d love to win this book and make myself a wall-hanging with all those sewing-related blocks and would hang it in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win it!”

Pat, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


  • I have only done a few FPP projects, self taught, but I really do enjoy it. When working on them I have found that I like to set up my sewing table and ironing board at the same height and stand in the middle of the two to sew and then turn around to press, then back again to sew. It works out nicely. These little patterns are adorable! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

    —Colleen Taylor on May 31, 2012
  • My first attempt with paper piecing was a small quilt of airplane blocks. By precutting the pieces I thought I would be away to the races. But often I would find I hadn’t left enough for seam allowances. By the last block, I finally caught on but it seemed I was learning with each and every one. Loved the quilt though and having the proper teaching, I would love to try these blocks.

    —Colleen Gander on May 31, 2012
  • I have a FPP–tea cups and tea pots–I have been working on for four or five years but Monday I start a class with Delores Knight. I am pretty excited about that. She says even beginners will be able to do her design.

    Michelle Harrison on May 31, 2012
  • My first experience at FPP was a disaster. I am spatially challenged and I could not figure it out. With a bit of practice and a better teacher, I came to enjoy the process but each time I start, it’s a new learning experience. Maybe a new book will keep my brain lined up.

    —Audrey on May 31, 2012
  • I have a mostly love experience with paper piecing and have even created a few of my own blocks/patterns using the EQ software. I have done tea cups, tea pots, mariner’s compass, trees, flowers, bulldozers, trains, motorcycles, etc. Then there have been those days when… oops, forgot to flip the fabric, or… oops, didn’t have a large enough piece cut out. I, find if I start out right my day of paper piecing goes great, if I don’t… well time to take a break, get a cup of tea and some great chocolate (of course) and then start in again.
    I had not seen this book before – it is a definite MUST own, so if my name isn’t the one drawn you can bet I’ll be ordering it soon!

    BJ on May 31, 2012
  • No, I have not tried it but I want to. The quilts I’ve seen made using this technique are just so neat and lovely. Thanks for chance to win!

    —Rhonda H. on May 31, 2012
  • I spent lots of time researching FPP, and just couldn’t "get it". It was one of those things I had a mental roadblock about. Then one day a friend asked me to help him make Christmas cards for the troops. I’m not a paper crafter, but I wanted to do something special. So I grabbed some foundation paper, printed off designs and just did it. I was so excited that by just doing it, I got over my mental roadblock. As a result, folks got original FPP Christmas cards last year!

    I find FPP relaxing and fun. It is like putting a puzzle together. I haven’t gotten to the point of designing my own projects. I need more practice. This book will be perfect practice. I can’t wait until it comes out!

    Jean on May 31, 2012
  • I have never tried FPP but I would like to, just afraid!! I always think the finished pieces are so beautiful and perfect on quilts and wallhanging using this process.

    —Gloria on May 31, 2012
  • Really fun and I have taught it too. This is really great!

    —Pat Hersl on May 31, 2012
  • I haven’t tried foundation paper piecing yet, but I have planned to try a practice block either today or tomorrow. I have been interested in it for some time and think I will like it because of the level of accuracy that one can achieve. I would love to win! This would help me get started for sure.

    —Yolanda Robinson on May 31, 2012
  • I have tried foundation paper piecing on three different quilts now. The first was so frustrating that I left most of the paper in it. (It was a wallhanging). The second quilt I started 9 years ago and just "revisited" it this year. I put it away as I got out of sequence on one block and had to unsew it. I found that it was much easier this time 🙂 I am enjoying it more since I found there are no short cuts 🙂 You must follow the "trail" put before you in the right sequence 🙂
    Thank you for the Give~away!

    —Sharon Scott on May 31, 2012
  • Have tried it & sometimes it works & sometimes it doesn’t & I have a devil of a time trying to figure out why not – since I pin & fold the fabric to make sure its big enough. Would love to win this book – the blocks are sew cute! May have to put on my wish list if I don’t win.

    —Susan Clark on May 31, 2012
  • trying to learn and apply the concepts to in the hoop piecing! I am sure this book would be of great help.. thanks!

    —nancyB! on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing and have been fortunate enough to have taken some classes from some of the earliest proponents of paperpiecing and their techniques were so helpful. This book looks amazing and it will be on my "must buy" list!

    —Kathi Polz on May 31, 2012
  • Love the results of paper piecing, but not always the process. I keep trying to find the method that suits me best. Great quilt!

    —Beth B on May 31, 2012
  • I want to try all kinds of piecing, but I am afraid. I don’t really want to do foundation piecing with fabric. I hate all that waste. Paper would be better, but I’m still scared to try that.

    —Jennie P. on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing. I use Carol Doak’s method. It is fast, easy and accurate. This book looks like fun – and that wall hanging would look great in my sewing corner!!

    —G Britten on May 31, 2012
  • Eu costumo dizer que sou viciada em hexágonos e tudo que é PP,mas nunca vi tão bonito assim.Comecei um trabalho a máquina já faz tempo…achei muito difícil e joguei fora,era um casario com uma ladeira íngrime,com tantos pedaços de tecido,que tinham que ser muito precisos e complicados.A minha máquina também não gostou do papel,embolava a linha,um horror. Joguei no lixo e continuo com os meus hexágonos que são tão carinhosos

    —Maria do Carmo Pezzuto on May 31, 2012
  • Maria, we’ve translated your comment to read: "I usually say I’m addicted to everything hexagons and PP, but I never saw so pretty well. I started work the machine a long time ago … I found it very difficult and threw away, was a hamlet with a steep slope, with many pieces of fabric, which had to be very precise and complicated. My machine did not like the paper, a horror. I tossed in the trash and continue with my hexagons that are so tender." Thanks for your comment!

    —Jenny on May 31, 2012
  • I’m a new quilter so I’ve never tried paper piecing, but frankly, I’m a little scared of it! However, I love the results – such detailed blocks – so I may have to give it a try. Thanks for the book recommendation and the chance to win it!

    —Ellen M. on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing — it’s so very accurate! And I’d love to win your amazing book.

    —Judy on May 31, 2012
  • I love to do paper piecing as a break from an ongoing project. It’s so easy to do one or two squares at a sitting.

    —Susan F on May 31, 2012
  • I have quite a few paper piecing patterns, but get frustrated after doing just a few blocks. I really love the patterns and the books, but need some guidance on the proper way to do it. That book sounds like just what I need. Cute quilt, too. I hope I win it.

    Sandi Makowski on May 31, 2012
  • I really like paper-piecing. The first time I did it was with a BOM project at the quilt guild. It was a block with MANY pieces in it….and it formed a lily pad when it was done. I didn’t know paper-piecing was supposed to be scary and I happily tackled it with some guidance from a more experienced quilting friend and did a very nice job on it. After that, I just dove in and was never afraid of doing that technique…even taught a few people to do it (some loved it…others hated it…seems there is no "middle ground" with this technique). Anyway……I’d love to win this book and make myself a wall-hanging with all those sewing-related blocks and would hang it in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win it!

    Pat on May 31, 2012
  • I usually use Carol Doak’s patterns for paper piecing but I’d love to try something new. This book would just fit the bill!

    —KarenW on May 31, 2012
  • I absolutely love PP on foundation or paper! i love the preciseness of this process. it’s not hard to do — after all, I read "Miniature Quilts" magazine how to PP and did it! The instructions were great. Sorry the mag is no longer published! however, i would love to see all of the sewing notions in this book to make my very own sampler. I taught myself how to PP and have made many quilts using this technique.
    I’m fearless!

    —judy on May 31, 2012
  • Ok, this book, is a must. Wow. great P.P.’s….I love P.P. and have done quite a few in fact just today, I am doing the flying geese…had a bit of hiccup as my geese were really ganders and with no sense of direction, they were flying all over the place…It would have helped had I read the pattern……..

    this sounds like a fabulous resource….the method btw that I prefer is the 1/4 inch ruler and freeze paper, I fold and cut no sewing on paper….I find it a snap…well almost always except for today…

    great blog btw….terrific ?’s

    mdm samm on May 31, 2012
  • I have to say I’m just too scared of trying paper piecing; I’ve looked up instructions countless times, and even have a few patterns put away to try, but I’m just not comfortable trying it yet. Just maybe this sounds like the book I should have been looking at! such a gorgeous wall hanging!

    —Judy S on May 31, 2012
  • Paper Piecing always seems so daunting at the outset. It really is just a matter of getting you head wrapped around doing things a little differently at the beginning. Then it’s so easy to just follow the numbers! Remember to be generous in cutting the fabric bits you are adding so there will be no reason to rip anything out! That’s the "looking at it backwardly" part that trips me up when I first get started or if I am trying to be too skimpy with the fabric pieces I’m adding. Get your rhythm going and be assured of a perfect result!

    —Chris on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve done some paper piecing before and find it challenging. I’m self-taught and really need some good tips on how to size and place the next piece so that it covers the whole section correctly!! I’m working on paper pieced palm trees right now and have ripped out at least one seam on each one done so far (4 done out of 12)

    Tammy on May 31, 2012
  • I have only tried one foundation-pieced project…and failed miserably. Maybe the book would make it easier on me?

    —Kathleen G on May 31, 2012
  • I have been quilting for only a few years now and started with paper Piecing the Carol Doak way and have never looked back. I am a PP fan, I do try various other methods of quilting but always come back to my PP. So much more accurate and fun especially with making stars/animals,etc and so many different designs available.

    —Birgit on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve just started doing paper piecing in the last couple of months and I love it. I have "met" so many great people on the Internet who are accomplished at it and are so willing to share their knowledge. I’m hooked.

    —Pam on May 31, 2012
  • I haven’t tried FPP, but a dear friend is a wonder at it, and has encouraged me to try it. This books definitely is the inspiration I need! Would love to win it.

    —Michele Van Epps on May 31, 2012
  • What fun patterns in this book! I have tried a paper product for paper piecing and found it easier to remove.
    Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

    Loris Mills on May 31, 2012
  • I have not tried paper piecing – I am new to quilting and it just looks "SCARY"! This book would make me want to try it though – I love anything sewing related!

    —Sharon Buford on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing, and prefer it to just piecing a block. These blocks are great.

    Tonya on May 31, 2012
  • My first paper piecing was a small wall quilt of a lizard for my brother’s family. I match the fabrics perfectly to his actual live lizard and had a blast doing it. I thought I would never get all the pieces together though and was so happy I had a history with jigsaw puzzles. This looks like a really cute book full of great patterns for my sewing sisters.

    —Jennifer P on May 31, 2012
  • I love the complex blocks that can be made with paper pieceing and the precision. Thanks for the give-away!

    —Marilyn Snow on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing! My first project was a light house wall hanging.

    —Cheryl on May 31, 2012
  • I have a love-hate relationship with foundation paper piecing!
    On one hand, I love the precise results paper piecing gives you. I have even drawn out my own patterns for things. I did a BOM last year where the center of every block was the same. The regular pieced construction was complicated and rendered not very satisfactory blocks. I drew it up on paper and just copied it every month on the FFp paper.
    On the other hand,the hate part comes when the paper needs removing!lol That being said, I do love Carol Doak’s paper (and methods!)
    That book looks fabulous!

    —Marie on May 31, 2012
  • I enjoy the precise results from foundation piecing. There are times when applique just doesn’t lend itself to a project. I have used books and have also designed my own depending on the subject. I enjoy the math involved in breaking down the design to individual pieces that fit together like a puzzle. It is very rewarding when it all come together and you love the finished project.

    —Cheryl on May 31, 2012
  • I love pp! I don’t do it all the time, so kind of have to have my own little refresher course when I do another project, but I do love it, & the end results you get with this method! This book looks so neat, & even if I don’t win a copy, I will plan on adding it to my own quilt library! Thanks for doing this for us!


    —Nancy on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing! I have paper pieced a quilt with Carol Doak, Eileen Sullivan, and Gail Garber on a cruise this spring. What a fabulous experience! All have a different approach to paper piecing, and I learned something from each of them. I’d love to play with these patterns for my quilt room!

    —Jaci E on May 31, 2012
  • By chance I was able to take a class from. Carol Doak, the queen of paper piecing. I was hooked at first piece. Since then I’ve made at least a dozen or more small paper pieced hangings. I love the look of this hanging, and think it would go along well with my "Just Spools".

    —Ann Troutman on May 31, 2012
  • Love Paper Piecing. I am "POINT" challenged and all of the paper piecing I have done ALWAYS TURNS OUT PERFECTLY. A very big thanks to those who came up with this wonderful method of piecing. You have made my life so much better.

    —Judy on May 31, 2012
  • I have done one quilt with paper-pieced blocks…just couldn’t get excited about it. Maybe this book will be my inspiration!!

    —Cynthia on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing. One of my favorite projects was a pin I made for Halloween of a black cat. I would never have even attempted to make such a small project if it wasn’t for paper piecing. I love how you can make very complex designs that turn out perfectly. I would love to own this book – I can see many new projects in my future.

    —Barbara Young on May 31, 2012
  • I enjoy the accuracy I can get with paper piecing. I would love to win this book of adorable sewing-themed blocks.

    —Julie in GA on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing. I did a "silk tie" queen sized quilt that was pieced on muslin that was very challenging. Never realized you could cut a 6×4 piece out of a tie, sew 1 side (with a 1/4″ seam) and when you flip it over it shrinks to 6×2. Took a while to figure that one out but the quilt turned out beautiful. Now I am making a paper pieced snowflake quilt top. You can combine the snowflake patterns in different ways to make each one look different. Love the blocks, they would look great in any sewing room.

    —Connie on May 31, 2012
  • I love how accurate paper-piecing is – but I hate pulling out the paper. Once, I paper pieced a mini-mariner’s compass block using coffee filters, and that was okay because the coffee filters came out easily… the mariners compass was supposed to be an accent on a wall quilt, by the time I made the compass, I didn’t feel like making the rest of the quilt, so I have the compass as a decoration in my sewing room

    —Cathy on May 31, 2012
  • I’m a big fan of fpp, having learned from Carol Doak herself. I love the precision, especially for small blocks, and I find I get into a zone when I’m making those little blocks. I’d love to have this book — the notions are perfect for quilty gifts!

    —Jay on May 31, 2012
  • I love the idea of FPP, and even have been collecting FPP designs and instructions, but haven’t been brave enough to give it a try! This book might do the trick and get me through that intimidating doorway! A piece here, a piece there…pretty soon it’s a quilt block!

    —Lynda L on May 31, 2012
  • I have done a fair bit of paper piecing and really like it because the points are so sharp. These are REALLY cute patterns, so I’d love to have the book.

    —Linda E in AZ on May 31, 2012
  • I fell in love with paper piecing, bought myself a pattern, and taught myself how to do it LONG before i did any other kind of quilting. Since then, i have taught many other ladies how to do it. I do other kinds, but it is still my first love.

    —Mary Fredrichs on May 31, 2012
  • I have yet to try paper piecing. Yes, it scares me … it just looks so complicated!

    —Verna on May 31, 2012
  • I took one short class on paper piecing and enjoyed it, but like many things I need to do something more than once to learn it and everything from the class seemed to flee my brain once I got home!

    —Beth on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing but on my first attempt my brain didn’t understand the concept. I took a class and instead of trimming off a quarter of an inch in the back I repeatedly cut off the whole swatch of fabric. Not until I took a class from Judy Martin did I wrap my head around it. Now I’m hooked on paper piecing! Wow and to see all our tools of the trade offered in paper piecing patterns thrills me to no end. 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on May 31, 2012
  • Paper piecing has it’s merits–you end up with beautiful accurate blocks. A while back I made a quilt with heart blocks, where there was one piece of muslin in it to sign one’s name. I sold these blocks for a $10 donation that was helping a disabled child get some physical therapy that insurance would not pay for. What started out as a lap quilt ended up a large twin-size quilt with a $2700 donation going for the therapy. It was made with mostly scraps that had been sitting in my sewing room, waiting for the opportunity to be used.

    helen freese on May 31, 2012
  • Seven years ago when my son and his future bride desided to get married on New Year’s Eve, she chose snowflakes as her theme. I had seen a snowflake quilt in McCalls magazine and thought it would be appropriate. Oh my gosh!! Have you ever done a queen size quilt all in paper pieced blocks. I told her that I hoped she would take care of it, because there would never be another one like it. So many pieces and so much wasted paper.

    Now after all these years, I think I am ready to tackel another paper pieced project…like a pillow or small wall hanging. 🙂

    —Karen Fox on May 31, 2012
  • Paper piecing saved me from quitting quilting. I had all sort of problems with triangles and was ready to give up. Someone suggested paperpiecing and I fell in love.
    I got the hang of triangles, but My first choice still is paper piecing.

    Greeting Helma

    Helma on May 31, 2012
  • 30 years ago I used Foundation Paper Piecing to make a folded pineapple wall hanging. It turned out beautifully and I gave it to my sister for Christmas. Whenever I visit (which isn’t very often) and see it hanging on her wall I think I should make another for myself…but it keeps moving down the list of projects! I do want to do the technique again, and soon!

    —Ann Tascone on May 31, 2012
  • I like the look of paper piecing but yes, I am darned afraid of it. Some of the more experienced quilters in my group have discouraged me from trying. But one of these days….

    —Janine on May 31, 2012
  • I joined Carol Doak’s yahoo group about 6 months ago. Had only done 1 practice block before doing one of her mysteries. Now am doing her BoM. So guess you can say that I am hooked.

    Sandra on May 31, 2012
  • I have never tried FPP, but would love to. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Kathrynn on May 31, 2012
  • I have done one small pp project and loved it!
    It is a great way to use up scraps!…which I have way too much of! LOL

    —helenmarie on May 31, 2012
  • My Passion! I love it and not afraid of it. Always looking for new patterns. I save every snip of material from "other" quilting projects so I have a great stash for paper piecing. I love how everything turns out perfect!

    Dustyroads on May 31, 2012
  • I hate pulling out the paper when I am done. All those little bitty scraps. Oy!

    3LittleBrds on May 31, 2012
  • I have done a few paper pieced blocks……mostly from our WA state shop hop……I otherwise have avoided them, thinking my brain can’t wrap around the flip and turn and such. I’m just a little ‘distract-able!!! But I really want to learn and now want it even more after I seeing these blocks!

    —Jane on May 31, 2012
  • I’m scared to death of foundation paper piecing. I’m such a new quilter that I don’t even really understand what the term means or what the process is. But I hear people talk about it a lot and most seem to either love it (probably because they have already gotten the hang of it) or don’t (probably like me, because they don’t understand the process or haven’t tried it yet). It sounds very involved and complicated. It’s something on my list of things to learn about and hopefully try…. on a small, small quilt to begin with for sure. This book might be just what I need to get started.

    —Carol on May 31, 2012
  • i’m working a dear jane … foundation paper piecing at it’s finest! but i should have taken a class first! i’m learning as i go, but enjoying it all the same.

    ritainalaska on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper piecing! It’s so functional for those hard to otherwise piece projects, and I LOVE Needles and Notiions! What a wonderful addition to any quilter’s library!

    —Nancy on May 31, 2012
  • I took one class from Carol Doak and am a convert! Each time I do a project I still have to get the book out and read again, a bit dyslexic, but as someone whos peicing never comes out the right size or with perfect seam matching no matter what I do, I love paper peicing! This is darling and would love to win, thanks for the chance!

    —Kate on May 31, 2012
  • My first paper piecing was with a ‘fox’ pattern from and I really enjoyed it. I’m up for more paper piecing and these sewing themed patterns look very inviting. Thanks for the question!

    Carli on May 31, 2012
  • paper piecing is so much fun, and a book on paper piecing sewing notions is eve better!!!!

    —TERRIE TOWNSEND on May 31, 2012
  • ive never tried the paper piecing yet…. but i have it in mind for my next project!
    Id love to win the book! thanks

    —marci on May 31, 2012
  • Thanks for a chance to win this book. I love paper piecing. Have done a number of Linda Hibbert’s designs. I am always looking for new ideas.
    Thank you.

    —Jan on May 31, 2012
  • I love PP…I am so picky about matching points, that I will "suffer" through the paper tearing! The final outcome is just what I look for. I would love those Needles and Notions blocks!

    —Kate on May 31, 2012
  • My desire to foundation paper piece comes and goes. I have made some smaller items with it, and had started a full sized quilt, but that has become a UFO at the moment. These blocks and cute, and I could see them quickly becoming a wall hanging in my sewing area.

    —Nancy (Cat Lady) on May 31, 2012
  • I haven’t tried it yet, but would like to.

    Rachelle on May 31, 2012
  • I have only done one little paper piece and it was fun but I just haven’t gotten back to it I’ve had so many other quilting projects to work on. I did buy a pack of foundation paper by Carol Doak so I intend to do more. I would like to do the "Needles and Notions" wall hanging though. It is really cute! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

    —Duane Wiley on May 31, 2012
  • Hi, my first experience paper piecing was to make a wall hanging for the mother of a japanese exchange student. She had already given me Shashiko towels and a hand loomed silk scarf. The theme was teacups and a tea pot. I wanted it to be perfect since the gifts i received were! You can imagine how nervous I was. It came out wonderful and I sent it to her with confidence — not that I didn’t rip out just a few stitches in the process.

    —Betty Foley on May 31, 2012
  • I must be the worst student in paper piecing because I just can’t seem to get how to do it, but I love the blocks I see that are made with this method. I’d love to have this book. And I love, love sewing images. Thanks.

    Joanna on May 31, 2012
  • Foundation papeR piecing makes easy and possible to have blocks using shapeS too difficult to attempt. I prefer using paper piecing instead of tiny templates as I get much more accurate blocks. My first paper pieced quilt was a mystery quilt. I am hooked!

    —Judii Reiss on May 31, 2012
  • My first paper piece wall hanging was of variations of the log cabin block in 3 inch blocks. 12 different blocks. I had bought a scrap bag of strips and thought I would just use them. My thought was to not look in the bag and just pull out a scrap. I wasn’t thinking of light and dark sides of the block and what they should look like. How thoughtless of me. I still hang the quilt up and think if only I really looked at each block before I just pulled out the scraps of fabric and sewed them any which way. As they say lessons learned. Sometime I planned on remaking the wall hanging being a little more controlled.

    —Rita Scott on May 31, 2012
  • yes, I’ve done some paper piecing. I was asked for suggestions for an online swap so I jumped in and suggested paper piecing. The other potential swappers had various reactions but even those who didn’t like pping joined. I chose what I thought would be straightforward turned out to be very messy and involved lots of unsewing. I got my blocks done and I’m persevering to try my hand at a new pp project. Maybe this cute book will be mine to play with. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Susaninfl on May 31, 2012
  • I love the precision you get with FP and PP, but I often get one of the first pieces wrong as it feels a bit backwards. But after that first oops is done, I have no issues with the rest. These blocks looks wonderful and I really hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Susan on May 31, 2012
  • I have heard that it easier than just piecing but I am scared to death. Most books don’t explain enough and have diagrams to help so I guess I am gun shy or foundation piecing shy. HELP ! HELP !

    Linda Janovitz on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve never tried foundation paper piecing, but thought it sounded interesting. I’d love to read the tips in this book!

    —Carmen on May 31, 2012

    —Linda on May 31, 2012
  • I absolutely love paper-piecing. The precision is so worth the extra time it took me to "get it." This book looks like a keeper. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    —Deborah on May 31, 2012
  • I love, love, love, paperpiecing. Your couners are perfect and every thing turns out so perfect. I would love to have this book. Julie Hallquist, in Hector, MN.

    —Julie Hallquist on May 31, 2012
  • I have sewn some flying geese and a flower in FPP but I would love to win the book to learn more.

    Wivi on May 31, 2012
  • I find paper piecing frustrating. I sure there are easy ways, maybe this book would help me.

    —donna pierce on May 31, 2012
  • Love the notions squares and I love to paper piece. A small wall hanging would make a perfect gift for a quilting friend.

    —Barbara Forslnd on May 31, 2012
  • I tried paper piecing for the first time in September and at first I hated it! Now I am designing paper pieced quilts – guess I have turned the corner 🙂

    Melissa on May 31, 2012
  • I don’t think you would be too proud of me if you saw my failures compared to my successes. The stacks are way out of proportions. lol I have still got to learn how to make the block come out the size it is suppose to be, maybe, this book would help me out in that area. I would love to win it so I wouldn’t have to buy one to learn by. Gayle

    —Lynda L. on May 31, 2012
  • I have only attempted 2 foundation paper piece. Both times were epic failures! The first time,I managed to get part of the fabric backward so that there was not enough fabric and I covered it up with some"creative" embellishing (decorative stitch from my machine) The next time I got my confidence up to try ,I cut my fabric smaller then the area I needed to cover and ended up piecing more fabric to what I cut short to make it fit! I see so many darling foundation paper pieced patterns I really would liked to matter this technique……after 2 miserable attempts I worry whether our not I will ever be able to matter this.

    —Machelle on May 31, 2012
  • I tried one wall hanging and it turned out well. Would like to try more. These look so interesting.

    —Joanne on May 31, 2012
  • I love all those sewing blocks. Yes, I’d definitely like to make those. I have made my three sons an animal quilt each for their beds. One is Noah’s Ark animals (lions, giraffes, donkeys, etc). The second one is Australian animals and the third quilt is covered in farm animals. I’ve also made a Japanese Kimono wall hanging. Once you get the hang of FPP, it’s easy. Thanks for the chance.

    Christine M on May 31, 2012
  • Well, I just finished a paper pieced 2 part block (then 4 block sewn together). I had a little trouble making sure my fabric was the right size for the angles and since it was a two part block I had to make sure the 1/4 inch allowance was in the middle. I could sure use some tips!

    —Barbara on May 31, 2012
  • Hi! Took a class in the mid nighties that piqued my interest but never seemed to have the time to persue my newfound knowledge of PP. My first class years ago allowed me to draw our own random patterns and use scraps to fill in. Made mistakes but with random pattern lines, who could tell. When I retired, took another class and made a miniature log cabin block. I was hooked. Found a pattern I liked and now have purchased material to try a PP quilt. I love the precision it affords but also the versatility that using different colors allows. I use recycled paper and make my stitches smaller and this seems to help in removing the paper. I would love to have a book that gave distinct patterns such as those you show. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Margaret Schenck on May 31, 2012
  • I really enjoy paper piecing. I’ve made three Project Linus quilts and they were all really cute. I love these blocks thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cecilia on May 31, 2012
  • OMG!!! Can’t believe it! I’m working on a "Round Robin" and my theme is sewing with a large spool appliqued in the center 12″ block! The group of gals I’m doing this with has been together 3-4 years and we, "The Divas", meet on Monday’s at a shop called "The Scarlet Thread". I named my quilt "The Scarlet Divas". It’s mainly reds. I’ve searched high and low for exactly this look of pp patterns with sewing motifs! HOORAY! This will no longer be a UFO, and will move to the top of my "git-r-done" pile!!
    My 1st pp was a 12″ American Beauty block in BRIGHT batiks! Had a love-hate relationship with it- then suddenly- it all made sense!
    Thanks for reprinting what looks like will be a fabulous addition to my collection of "Favorites"!!

    —Doris on May 31, 2012
  • I have done a bit of paperpiecing and yes, i usually have to rip out the first seam, too….. The book and the blocks look like such fun. here’s hoping I would love to win it…

    —Bonnie L on May 31, 2012
  • I don’t remember my first foundation piecing experience, but I have learned lots from some of the masters – Jane Hall, Dixie Haywood, Carol Doak, Judy Mathieson, Eileen Sullivan, Sally Collins, etc., etc. I love Karen Stone’s and Judy Niemeyer’s patterns, too. There are so many ways to foundation piece, and even different ways to use paper for foundation piecing. It does waste some fabric, but it is so precise. I do have another of Jaynette Huff’s books, and would love to have this one.

    —Sharon on May 31, 2012
  • I took a class at a local quilt shop and learned to do foundation paper piecing. I fell in love with the process and found it so easy to produce such perfectly pointed blocks. We each made a quilt based on the patterns in the book "The Civil War Love Letters Quilt". I enjoyed it so much that I ended up making two queen-size quilts, one for me and one for my son. They were made with Civil War reproduction fabrics and turned out beautifully! I absolutely love FPP! This book looks very interesting and the patterns are adorable!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kathy Biciocchi on May 31, 2012
  • I have loved FPP for years and years! I’m always looking for new patterns to try, and just wish I had more time to devote to it! I’d love to win a copy of your book…so thanks for giving me a chance.

    —Vivian Oaks on May 31, 2012
  • I enjoy paper piecing and have made 2 wall hangings this spring, that were paper pieced. Our last guild meeting was a demonstration on paper piecing. I find I have to concentrate very hard and it does take longer for me to paper piece a top. I would love to win the book. The blocks are darling.
    I have a lot of respect for the designers of paper pieced blocks. They are extremely talented.

    —Marie D on May 31, 2012
  • I have done a little paper piecing and love it!

    —Lee on May 31, 2012
  • Well I do enjoy paper piecing so much. I find it so calming and the results are always so precise. I made a log cabin wreath to incorporate in a quilt I was making for my Mom shortly before she moved on to heaven. It came out so beautiful, I wish she would of had a chance to enjoy it. I would really like to win this book and make a sampler to hang in my soon to be new sewing room. Thank-you for a chance to win.

    —Grace Capuano on May 31, 2012
  • I took a class in paper piecing back in 1997 to make a queen-size New York Beauty quilt…talk about setting the bar high!! The class was wonderful and I kept at it and loved the accuracy gained with paper piecing. The frosting on the cake was when I entered the quilt in the Hillsborough County Fair and won a first place blue ribbon. WOW! I love all kinds of quilting and paper piecing is right up there on the top of my list. Adding this book to my "library" would be another bonus. Thanks!

    Linda Horton on May 31, 2012
  • Funny, earlier today I was trying to imagine how paper piecing works, it’s just not something I can visualize, so I might need to do it hands on. I was actually going to look up a DIY online. I am not very precise in my blocks and I was thinking this would be my shortcut for precision.

    —kimberlee on May 31, 2012
  • One year I painted a picture for one of my boys for Christmas and when he opened it the other son said why didn’t you make me something. So I ask him what he wanted me to make him. His request was a quilt. I said a "quilt" I have never quilted, I am not that precise, I don’t know if I can do it. I got on the computer and started to search and I found fondation paper piecing. The next Christmas not only did he get a king size quilt, but so did his brother and my grandaughter. I love to paper piece. I am now working on my 27th quilt. Not all king size. I love the needles and notions quilt. I would love to make that.

    —Sheila Hoak on May 31, 2012
  • Paper piece quilting is what started my love for quilting. I did not have anyone to teach me quilting and found that I just could not get my squares perfect. Paper piece quilting helped me understand how to make a block with perfection. Love it!

    Kay Meadors on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve been afraid to try paper piecing. I guess I’ve never had a good book with instructions in it before. I’d love to try it sometime and this looks like a great book to try it from.

    —Brenda Hulsey on May 31, 2012
  • I just love the sharp look of paper piecing but I am afraid to try it. Once , In a block exchange, I had to paper piece a large lady bug that only had about five pieces to it. Well, I used a ton of yardage because I’d sew down a piece of fabric and it wouldn’t it wouldn’t fit the space when I turned it over. So I gave upper piecing as a lost cause. Sigh.

    —Melody DeGraziano on May 31, 2012
  • PP is so precise that it really makes me look like a professional piecer!! Love PP!

    —Shirley in Canada on May 31, 2012
  • I fell in love with FPP when I found out that I could do the very best points. One of my favorite patterns for a gift is a FPP flying Geese bookmark. It’s about two by six inches and uses tiny scraps. Impressive if I say so myself. I’m very modest, you know.
    Love the needles and notions. What a cute idea.

    —Phyllis Miles on May 31, 2012
  • My first FPP experience was "Cartwheeling Claus" by Sue Cook. There are four Santa blocks, and our "homework" was to finish one block before the next class. Sue got the idea that I sew quickly because I had all four blocks done. The truth of the matter is that I was so fascinated by the whole process that I stayed up all night adding "just one more piece" to see how it was going to look next. I am hooked and Sue has let me do some test sewing for her (probably because I start to whine whenever I see a new idea she has for a design LOL).

    —Chrys Morris on May 31, 2012
  • I am dying to try it I just have no idea where to start! I love all the things I see made using PP and wish Icould do it too.

    Kate Brown on May 31, 2012
  • I have tried it and I do like it. I would love to win this book! thanks!

    —Debbie H on May 31, 2012
  • I’m on my 3rd BIG paper piece project Captain’s Table with well over 500 pieces. My first was a 611 piece, 30×32 garden of flowers, next a 28×32 water lily picture with over 350 pieces. I dearly love paper piecing and enjoy making "pictures" rather than "things". I have my works framed and hanging where I can enjoy them while I sip my coffee and plot my next big project. The book with the sewing notions looks positively delightful and I already know where THAT one will hang! I’d love to win a free copy of the book. Pick me Pick me !!

    —Sonja on May 31, 2012
  • I have not tried paper piecing yet, I’m pretty new to quilting and slightly scared of it! I want to try and I know that a good book will make it easier to learn!

    —Serina Kelley on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve only done FPP twice. The first time was a block in a sampler quilt that I did as part of an online QAL. The second was a block that I found online and made it and sent it off as part of a mystery round robin.
    I would love to do more.
    Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    —Lisa Cox on May 31, 2012
  • I’m not a lover of paper piecing but I don’t hate it either. My first encounter with paper piecing, I took a class for the New York Beauty and loved the precision no margin for error mistakes, PP gives us. I have the Judy Niemeyer pattern Total Eclipse, which I fell in love with, and one of my friends is an avid lover of PP and JN quilts and she will walk me through making it in case I falter.
    One of the neatest tricks I learned was to mark my patterns on both sides of the paper so I don’t have to forever hold my design to the light to find where my fabrics should lay and where to stitch or to use a lightbox to do the same. Another trick is to pre-stitch through the design sew lines, where others might fold them, for easy paper removal and to use a smaller needle, so all stitches are precise.

    Keep smiling, and happy stitching to everyone.

    Lynnita Shipman on May 31, 2012
  • I have tried paper piecing and I don’t love it, but, I don’t hate it either. I just have to be well rested and without grand kids running around distracting me to enjoy it. I LOVE THESE PATTERNS !!!!!!!!!! I will need to do these for my Secret Quilting Sister for Christmas!

    —Maralyn on May 31, 2012
  • I have been paper piecing for a number of years. My friends are amazed at some of the small things I have tried. Most turn out well, but I did an apple once and ???? I named it my "modern art apple". Ha

    —venita on May 31, 2012
  • My first paper piecing was a block for the Guild I belong to. We did a quilt using Carol Doaks patterns. Each block was a different state, using any batik I wanted and solid black for background. The black was provided by the guild. I was scared to ruin the fabric or the pattern so I bought a pattern of a lighthouse and did it first. After many attempts, I got the hang of it. My guild block came out perfect and my name was on the label as a contributor to the quilt. A person plus for me.

    Laurie Duffey on May 31, 2012
  • I have done several FPP projects and I enjoy the process.

    —Jamie on May 31, 2012
  • I LOVE paper piecing. I will try any pattern none to small none too big. My friends laugh at me all the time, if a pattern has paper piecing i will try it. I even try to create my own some are very funny some strange and some bizarre. I would love to have this book, it just does it for me. I love the patterns. PICK ME!!! Please and thank you. Happy quilting to all.

    —Sharon Meyer on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve been trying to paper piece a hexagon flower pattern. I was successful at attaching the "petal" pieces to the middle piece but when it came to joining the "petals" I’m hopeless. I really need help with the talent of a detailed book to help this hopeless hand quilter. With help I may be able to "bloom" & correctly paper piece so your free gift would be greatly appreciated by myself.
    Marion BP

    —Marion Bryant-Parsons on May 31, 2012
  • Years ago, I was told that I would either love or hate paper piecing. Fortunately, I fell in love with it and quickly found I could create smaller versions of the patterns I love.

    Your patterns are very adorable and am already imaging different ways to use them.

    —Ann B on May 31, 2012
  • I have never tried Paper Piecing, it is on my to do list and one day I hope to get brave enough to give it a try… I love the patterns in the book and it might be just the one to get me started… since all the females in my family sewed, stitched and quilted I think the quilt might be a great one to do to pass the legacy of our family’s ladies to future generations…

    —bonnie on May 31, 2012
  • Love paper piecing. These patterns are really cute. Just have to pull out my 1/4″ ruler and cut away. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Beth Hammergren on May 31, 2012
  • Like PP, but don’t do it often, so each time I have to get my head around the fabrics being face down!

    —Ginger H on May 31, 2012
  • I have MS and as most of us, I have some vision and hand problems. Paper piecing seems to eliminate those problems and since I discovered paper piecing, all my quilts look great! I can’t seem to get enough of them!


    —Marilyn Menzies on May 31, 2012
  • I have only done 2 small pp items,it still makes me feeel clumsey and i have not yet learned to love it.I hope that will soon change as it facinates me.

    —Patsy Pearl on May 31, 2012
  • FPP is my favorite way to make a quilt. A friend talked me (a non-quilter) into taking a class with her, she wanted to learn. That was 6 years ago. I try to FPP all my quilts, she never wanted to do one. I would love to win this book and make a wall hanging for the sewing room. Thanks, Nancy

    —Nancy Bennett on May 31, 2012
  • Thank you for this giveaway. I have done only 2 projects using paper piecing method, one is a baby quilt using one of Carol Doak’s Heart shaped pattern and another is a block by Charise Creates,
    I love pp for its accuracy. I can piece very small pieces and still get the points to meet nicely. However I also find pp difficult in a sense. I have to ensure that I cut my pieces in the correct size. For the odd shaped pieces, I tend to cut them too small and after I sewed and flipped that piece over in order to add another piece, i’d realised it was too small and did not cover the area it was supposed to.


    —Sandra on May 31, 2012
  • I really love paper piecing. I love the intricate & accurate designs that can be made. Would love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance
    to win!!

    —Rhonda Desgranges on May 31, 2012
  • I just love Foundation Piecing. I have done both Paper Piecing and muslin foundations and love them both. It is easy and my points always turn out great. I highly recommend Foundation Piecing.

    Sheila W. on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve never tried paper piecing, and am kind of afraid to try it. Sometime I will TACKLE it.

    —robin on May 31, 2012
  • I love the look of paper piecing but have yet to master the process. I have to rethink each time and it soon gets tossed to the bottom of the pile. I truly need a refresher course.

    —Cher Hutchinson on May 31, 2012
  • I took a class once on how to do it and had reasonable success but it was a few years ago and I guess I’ve forgotten about using this technique. My sewing room is pretty new and the walls are mostly blank and this pattern really caught my eye.

    —Nancy on May 31, 2012
  • I first paper pieced a first place ribbon for our quilt guild’s challenge in the 1990’s, a mariner’s compass that I drafted before I knew about paper piecing as a technique. Using adding machine tape as the foundation…what a challenge! Since then I have made three queen size quilts, one being a New York Beauty. I am on to the next one, a free form. which again I am designing. I really love the sharp points and easy curves I can achieve.

    —Dianne Deaver on May 31, 2012
  • I have tried FPP twice and still fine myself making the pieces to small. I do like the accuracy of FPP so will try again. Would love to win a book of instructions as I am self taught.

    —Dorothy Reitsma on May 31, 2012
  • My first quilting project that I actually gave to someone was a sawtooth cat pillow for my niece, paper pieced. I didn’t know it when I bought the pattern, just thought it was cute. Then went to the pattern and went "uh-oh". but I limped through, with a little guidance from my sister. And a lot of trial and error. Now, I LOVE to paper piece, and try to get others to try it. People are sometimes a little intimidated and fearful of it. Kind of like me and applique.

    —Alisa Hake on May 31, 2012
  • Paper-piecing, a very accurate method I love to hate! I’ve done one queen-sized bed-quilt (Hosanna Palm) and I’m working on 2 wallhangings/lap quilts–Harry Potter Project of Doom and There and Back Again (Lord of the Rings), both from Sewhooked blog (free). If I could only train myself to cut pieces bigger or pay more attention, I wouldn’t have to rip out when they don’t fit! LOL
    Of course you can’t do Mariner’s Compass without this (and I’ve done lots of individual blocks….even Sue and Sam!) The sewing theme is darling and I’d LOVE to get the book!

    Sally on May 31, 2012
  • An excellent example is the sewing machine block in this book. Paper piecing is simply the only way to get picture blocks like that!

    No fussy 1/4 inch seams, and so much more than can be done with simple squares and triangles. I absolutely LOVE paper piecing, and except for very simple rectangles, everything I do is paper pieced.

    —Lynne on May 31, 2012
  • I absolutely love paper piecing and am excited about this new book "Needles and Notions"!!! I think my favorite paper piecing project that I have done is a Santa for Christmas. Paper piecing is fun, easy,and relaxing to do!! The blocks turn out perfect and points are sharp and everything just matches perfectly.

    —Kathy M Boice on May 31, 2012
  • I have been drawn to fpp for years. Each time i see a quilt or block with fpp I have to make a copy of the example for may folder of ideas. This book is so cool! Wow, fpp and all the tools of our trade. Looks like the best! Thanks!

    —donna on May 31, 2012
  • I love to paper piece! I have done a couple of ties for my husband and several wall hangings. I really like how the details can come out when using paper piecing. Plus it’s a great way to use up scraps.

    —Kim on May 31, 2012
  • It took me 2 classes to finally understand paper piecing. I love the accuracy and precision of the final product. these blocks are fantastic…I would enjoy the new copy of the book to make them

    —Onita Oles on May 31, 2012
  • I have done many paper piecing blocks, some of which I have drawn. I like that I can use my scraps and can create such nice pictures.

    —Nancy Myers on May 31, 2012
  • It took me forever to figure out what paper piecing is and how you do it, and I’m still apprehensive about it. Seems like it would be good for applique, but I need something to explain, with lots of pictures, and examples I can make that are simple and give me a sense of how to do the technique…

    —Karen Isaacson on May 31, 2012
  • I have never tried FPP, and am a little intimidated by the process. It does bring a beautiful result, though. I would love the opportunity to own this e-book and learn it! Thank you for the opportunity!

    —Marie P on May 31, 2012
  • I love paper-pieced results, but do have trouble with directional fabrics and sometimes getting my pieces big enough to cover without wasting fabric. I love the notion blocks in this book.

    —Jane Vines on May 31, 2012
  • Yes, I love paper pieceing or foundation piecing. I have made 4 quilts 2 girl and 2 boy quilts for great nieces. All four have some of the same blocks, but also different blocks as I discovered more and more blocks. Love the precise points and less than precise seam allowances! Am now working on a queen size with some of the blocks paper pieced. Would not be doing this quilt without paperpiecing. Am amazed at the illusion of curves you can creative with straight lines! Love it, Love it!!!

    —Barbara DeMir on May 31, 2012
  • I was always afraid of paper peicing until last winter when I paper peiced alternate blocks for a quilt I was making for my Mom for Dialysis. It took me longer than I thought it would bu the results were stunning. It givs me joy that I was able to make something so neautiful for my Mom. She recently passed away and I have the quilt. I will treasure it always. Now I am trying to do paper peicing for a swap I am in and like it more and more.

    —Denise S. on May 31, 2012
  • I’ve actually never tried paper piecing. There are many patterns I’d love to try, and I printed out a star pattern, but so far I’ve been too worried about messing it up. I would still love the chance to win this though 🙂

    —Shawna on May 31, 2012
  • I have been quilting for about 3 years and I watched how to do it from sites on my computer. I jumped right in and LOVE doing paperpiecing. I just finished up a Carol doaks pattern quilt. I enlarged the center block and the quilt came out looking very nice.

    —Donna McGraw on May 31, 2012
  • The first time I tried paper piecing I thought there is no way I can do this. You have to think backwards, and thinking normally can be a challenge in its own self. Then I attended a 1 day workshop with Carol Doak and while I still struggled she made me realize that there is nothing to fear and to believe in myself and just relax and have fun.

    —Leigh Knox on May 31, 2012
  • My first FPP was a Dragonfly I designed myself. The finished size is 2″x2″. There are 4- 1 1/2″ blocks that each create a different part of the Dragonfly. I learned a lot from that first FPP and I have designed a couple more special blocks since then.

    —Julie on May 31, 2012
  • Oh Foundation Piecing!!! Every time I get the opportunity to take a class I fall in love with the process. "This is easy. Why have I been so afraid of doing this?" Then I go home and turn into a scaredy-cat who can’t even bear to look at the lovely block (because the class is never long enough to make more than one and a bit blocks!) that I completed in class. Why is that so??

    I think that it’s just one of those things that are best done in a group situation. Like eating cheesecake or drinking cosmopolitans. You just never know what kind of a mess you’ll get into if you do it on your own!

    —Kayt on May 31, 2012
  • I tried fpp when it first started back when but then was done by hand…:-} Have given a try with the sewing machine and useally chop off some piece or the other so this book might be a good help for me.

    —Shirley on May 31, 2012
  • I don’t usually have to tear out the FIRST seam, but once in a while I’ll get a piece too skewed to save. One of my favorite wall hangings is from the first FPP workshop I took thru’ my quilt guild – miniature bird houses. It’s bright & cheerful & fun. 😀

    quiltzyx/sue on May 31, 2012
  • New to this whole world I have carefuully avoided any form of triangles. A star just forget about that one – how can anybody do that? With Foundation Paper Piecing-just follow the lines. The first quarter machined the triangles then the rest. OK so I could do triangles-how aout it making a star…..holding breath, not believing what I saw..A Star was born..A Carpenter’s Star which became a cushion still staring in disbelief at all the month’s of worrying. Foundation Piecing rocks.

    —Susan Sampson on May 31, 2012
  • Hi, I have done a little paper piecing. It is something I am really interested in doing more of.
    Thanks for the chance to win this amazing book.

    Raelene on June 1, 2012
  • I’ve never tried paper piecing and I really don’t know why as I love learning differnt techniques! These sewing themed blocks are gorgeoua and certainly make me want to try them! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely book.

    —Lynne on June 1, 2012
  • I was lucky enough to be given a copy of Carol Doak’s book "Show Me How to Paper Piece" when I first started quilting. She is so clear in her instructions that paper piecing is the way I go if I need total accuracy and really sharp points.

    I would love to win this book.

    —Gloria B on June 1, 2012
  • I love foundation paper piecing!! I’ve made mugrugs and name badges and flowers and all sorts of things. The most recent thing I made is an paper pieced sewing machine for a quilters gathering I’m going to. It’s blogged here:

    Hilary on June 1, 2012
  • I have never tried foundation paper piecing but would sure give it a try!

    —Connie on June 1, 2012
  • Dear Karen:

    After taking a 9 week 25 Block Sampler Class, you might guess that the last block would be foundation paper piecing. Oh my word! Half way through the class, the instructor screamed for everyone to stop because calculations where wrong. Long story short, I finished the block, with her help, but have absolutely no idea how to do the technique. It’s like I never sat through the class. I have recently completed my Sampler Quilt and my next goal is to conquer foundation paper piecing, so it would be great to win such a well known book to help me out.

    —Jackson Watkins on June 1, 2012
  • I would LOVE to win this because I just re-did my sewing room!! My first exp. with paper piecing was at a guild quilt show that offered classes. It was a challenging concept and I’m glad that I saw it first hand and didn’t try it all on my own. It is definitely do-able, though! Thanks for the chance to win! Mary Ann @

    Mary Ann @ RocknQuilts on June 1, 2012
  • I had to rack my brain to remember how I learned about FPP. I knew it wasn’t from a class or a friend, and then I remembered it was a very detailed article in "Quiltmaker" somewhere around 2007. I followed the simple "star" instructions and with a few holes and a little improvising, I was able to actually complete a quilt top using the FPP method that summer. I was hooked! Once you get it figured out it’s quite addicting!!! I would have to say about 1 in 3 of my quilts are FPP quilts and I’m always looking for that very special pattern to enter into next years fair. This delightful book would assist in designing and submitting my 2013 selection (entries have already been submitted for this year). How exciting!!!

    —Colette DeGroot on June 1, 2012
  • My first experience was to do the arcs on a double wedding ring quilt as a wedding gift for our youngest son. It turned out beautifully, but then it was rather easy. All the wedges were basically the sam. Next I would like to try something a little more challenging, step #2, so to speak. This book would be the answer!

    Donna Purchase on June 1, 2012
  • I have loved paper piecing for about 20 yrs. My very first project was a king size Mariner’s Compass quilt. I’ve always been a "jump right in" type quilt person. It was 12″ blocks that were inset circles… also something new to my comfort zone. Of all the quilts I have made, this is the one both my grown sons want!
    I love these sewing related blocks!! I can see this sampler in my studio! Whether I win or not. Thanks for the chance!

    —Janet Frank on June 1, 2012
  • When I first tried paper piecing,I HATED it. I was always coming up short on fabric or cutting the piece backwards or something! I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Then a friend showed me the "tricks" she used to paper piece in a class. What a difference! I LOVE it now. I have even gone on to win first place in piecing at a quilt show!

    —Linda Pyke on June 1, 2012
  • I love FPP, would love to win this book !!

    —Alice Troxel on June 1, 2012
  • I have done one or two small pieces but its been awhile and I`ve been really thinking of doing it again, but the right way. I found since checking out this technique that I did it backwards. It didn`t matter to the finished items, but now it does to me. So I`d really like to win so I can learn the right way. (just like everyone else). If I am so blessed, THANK YOU for the chance!

    —Sharon H of Tenn on June 1, 2012
  • We had a challenge at a retreat several years ago and it was the New York Beauty (paper pieced). When I saw it, I said "no way can I do that". But, we were told about the paper piecing and how easy it was — I did it!! My New York Beauty came out just perfect. I would love to have the book with all the great patterns. Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

    —Mary Burn on June 1, 2012
  • PP is not my favorite technique, but it’s perfect for "fiddly" blocks with tiny pieces, or for New York Beauty-type arcs. I’d love to win this book!

    Jeanne in Ohio on June 1, 2012
  • I have done a lot of paper piecing and enjoy it. I’m not sure why some people find it intimidating. You just have to be careful and take your time.

    —Diann Cornell on June 1, 2012
  • I love foundation piecing! I have made several small pieces, mostly wall hangings. My favorite wall hanging is a tribute to my Dutch heritage and a recent visit to relatives in Holland. I even created my own pattern for a dutchman’s cap. Would love to win this book!

    —Candy Soehren on June 1, 2012
  • I love paper piecing and I’ve done lots of it. I decided to teach my Sister. Needless to say, I had trouble with mine and hers came out perfectly. Go figure…

    —Jo on June 1, 2012
  • These are delightful little blocks! I would love to give them a try this summer. Happy Quilting!

    —Bobbi Palagi on June 1, 2012
  • My first FPP project was from a book of musical instruments. Needless to say, there was much trial & error, sewing, unsewing and more sewing before I truly understood the instructions and concept of FPP. I made the quilt to donate to the Band Boosters — musical instruments, high school band, loving parents ;-D The quilt was such a success that I, being a glutton for punishment, made a second one the next year. It took me half the time to make, and it was also a success. My greatest regret is that I did not take pictures of either of these quilts. Since then, I have done many small (wall hanging size) FPP projects, including an American Beauty and a Mariner’s Compass. The smallest is 12″ square and the largest is 36″ square. I am currently working on a FPP BOM which will be a king-sized quilt top. I would love to win this book, as each block is an individual project in and of itself, just as my musical instruments were.

    —Elizabeth McKnight on June 1, 2012
  • I signed up for a class on paper-piecing hearts, but it was cancelled. I had the book, but kept putting off trying to sew the hearts. When a friend’s son had premature twin girls that died at birth, I made 2 rainbow paper -pieced hearts and sent them a picture of the hearts in a sympathy card. I told them when they would have a baby I would incorporate the hearts into a quilt which I did a year later. Sewing the hearts helped me…giving the quilt helped them.

    —Marty A on June 1, 2012
  • I love paper piecing! When I first tried it I thought I was the dumbest quilter on the planet and then one day it all clicked. It has been pure delight ever since. I’m making a queen size quilt as a wedding gift for my great-niece, the pattern was in Quiltmaker and is called "Prism." A strange situation has come up in the last three days that I am at a loss to explain. My seams are puckering. Stitch length set at 1.5 and bobbin at 2 has always been the magic combination. My stitch is beautiful on cloth, but when I PP it is puckering. I’ll figure it out, but it sure is ruining my love of paper piecing. That said, Martingale is one of my all time favorites and I do believe I have just shy of 100 books. The new one, Needles and Notions, looks like one I won’t be able to pass up. Thank you for the terrific products and service.

    —Elizabeth Grove on June 1, 2012
  • I have done a tiny bit of paper piecing with some Harry potter theme blocks. The blocks in this book look like fun! I d love to try them in things to decorate my sewing corner

    —Robin on June 1, 2012
  • I learned FPP from Carol Doak, and enjoy doing some FPP in between regular piecing and applique. My biggest challenge is always cutting each piece large enough to cover the selected area after sewing the seam and pressing the fabric down. I hate to waste fabric, but end up doing so when I cut pieces too small. I would LOVE to win this book as I’ve been wanting to make a sewing quilt so have border fabrics all ready to go! Recently I’ve used freezer paper for the piecing and it is even more slick than regular FPP!

    —Donna Kay on June 1, 2012
  • I too had bald spots! But once I tried it twice, I fell in love with paperpiecing. I NEED to do more, especially the American Beauty, just lovely.

    —sismemmom on June 1, 2012
  • Love the finished look of paper pieced quilts, the sharp points, etc., but attempts at this technique have not always been the best. I always try to not waste any fabric and come up short someplace and have to rip. Will have to keep trying.

    —Bernadette on June 1, 2012
  • Have done some paper piecing (self taught) & have to admit I’ve ripped out quite a bit due to not cutting the pieces large enough. I do love the sharp points obtained and think this book is just what I need to improve my skills.

    —Karon Henderson on June 1, 2012
  • I love to paper piece! It is what got me into quilting and what keeps me going when I have a huge chain piecing project and I am totally burned out. Take out a little paper piece project, sew on some lines, rip some paper and wallah! A paper crane or an elephant or a fan. Love it!!!

    Megan Ferris on June 1, 2012
  • I love the preciseness of paper piecing. As a newbie, I was fortunate to take a class from a wonderful teacher at my local quilt shop. Although I’ve "refined" my technique over the years, her techniques and recommendations have held true. I love when that happens!

    —Evelyn on June 1, 2012
  • I enjoy paper piecing! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on June 1, 2012
  • I’m have almost finished my first Foundation Paper Piece quilt it is one that Esther Aliu created. I would love a book on it that would give me more tips on how to do things easier. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Marty Askins on June 1, 2012
  • I love paper piecing! Love the clean, straight lines. These sewing related designs are really cute. Would love to win Jaynette’s book.

    4dreamsr on June 1, 2012
  • I’ve really enjoyed doing a few pp patterns and have been thrilled with the results. Thanks so much for a chance.

    DianeH on June 1, 2012
  • I have been totally terrified to try FPP. I was finally talked into a

    Gail on June 1, 2012
  • I can see several blocks i would love to make. 4 together would be a cute quilting room wall hanging. Then theres’s my firmed I’d like to make a block for…

    —Susan Brewer on June 1, 2012
  • I can see several blocks i would love to make. 4 together would be a cute quilting room wall hanging. Then theres’s my friend I’d like to make a block for…

    —Susan Brewer on June 1, 2012
  • I’ve done a little bit of PP and enjoyed it.

    —Ginger on June 1, 2012
  • I’ve never tried foundation paper piecing – it looks complicated. I would love to try it if I win the book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Kathy on June 1, 2012
  • I really like Paper Piecing – the accuracy is great. I already have a copy of the "notions" book and have finished a couple of the blocks. I can also use up a lot of leftovers and small scraps.

    —Connie Brandal on June 1, 2012
  • Until a few months ago if you mentioned foundation piecing I would come out in hives! Tried it, couldn’t get it, so gave up. Then I decided to sit down and have another go..OMG…I did it!!! So far I have only made mug rugs but it’s a start. I really like it now. Linda.

    Sunnybec on June 1, 2012
  • I find with paper piecing that some days I’m really fine doing it. Other times I sit down and stitch and the fabric piece is too small and I have to rip or I get it flipped the wrong side up. Don’t know why my brain functions some days and not others but I do like the accuracy of paper piecing.

    —Paula on June 2, 2012
  • Love paper piecing…would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance.

    —Marianne on June 2, 2012
  • I began paper piecing when I took a class from one of the local quilting shops. The quilt was 12 squares of Maryland motifs to make the "Beautiful Maryland" quilt. One of the squares had over 100 pieces. I did enjoy the piecing and have done several other projects since I took the class.

    —Jeanne Perrone on June 2, 2012
  • I made a FPP Noah’s Ark twin-sized quilt for my 2nd grandson nine years ago. Also made a kimono picture for my boss. Love FPP!

    Ellen Fontaine on June 2, 2012
  • It’s definitely a love-hate relationship. I decide to try again and am moving through the pattern gaining feelings of comptence Na "I can do this," when-dang a critical and difficult piece is i/4″ of an inch short. Sigh, I set it aside and…til the next time.

    —Pamela Reim on June 2, 2012
  • I have tried pp & love it most of the time

    —linda on June 2, 2012
  • I have done paper piecing and have enjoyed the results. Those results were not without some ripping out though! I have made birds, birdhouses and other blocks.

    Bonnie on June 2, 2012
  • I haven’t tried FFP yet. I would love to learn something new. This book would be a great asset to my Quilting Book Library. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Karrie Smith on June 2, 2012
  • My first foundation peacing experince was so much fun, it’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. I love it, would love to add this book to my quilting stash.

    Darla Davidson on June 2, 2012
  • My best friend is a small dog names Jazzy, Jasmine for when she gets in trouble. She is a Shitsu , and she is white and tan. I have a lot of outfits for her, and she loves them, but my favorite is the one that says I am moms special girl. Where ever I go she is right behind me, in the kitchen she is under my chair, living room on the couch besides me, and in bed she sleeps up by my head. The love she gives me is special, when I am gone she stays at the window and when I was in the hospital my husband could not get her to leave there. I crochet and I also knit but I havent knitted since my daughters left their knitting on the steps and I stepped on it and it went through my foot. I had to go to ER to have them pull it out because it was stuck. Now my girls are gone it is about time I went back to it. Thanks for the chance to win the book, It would be put to use,especially in the winters we get in South Dakota.

    —wanda on June 2, 2012
  • I’m a Carolina gal and crazy about the Carolina Lily pattern. Have made several sweet Carolina Lily quilts using foundation paper piecing. Lately I’ve made 4″ flower blocks and fused them on card stock and sent them to friends. It’s a pleasure to make them and, from what I hear, a joy to receive them. I would love to win the Needles and Notions book of all the tools quilters need and love.

    Bernice on June 2, 2012
  • I love paper piecing. I started with some patterns by Margaret Rolfe ("Quilt A Koala") using mens tie silk and became even more enthusiastic when I realised you weren’t meant to cut out each patch individually! I moved on to MR’s "Animal Kingdom" CD (please Martingale reissue it as an e-book with variable block sizing – perhaps using EQ?) and got fantastic results using my scrap bag/s for the animals and a couple of ‘sky’ fat quarters to unify the backgrounds.

    —Heidi C on June 2, 2012
  • I really want to try FPP but haven’t had time yet. I love to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. I always have a project going.

    —Page on June 2, 2012
  • I love paper piecing! I’ve done very simple patterns to very complicated patterns. The thing I’ve noticed though, is while the complicated patterns may have more pieces and/or smaller pieces, the technique is still the same. So if you can do an easy pattern, you can probably do a hard one if you just stick with it! These sewing related blocks are so cute, thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lisa Marie on June 2, 2012
  • I have done about 3 projects with foundation piecing and tend to have fun with it. Have been playing with a star pattern in foundation piecing and am planning still yet another star project. The patterns in the book look like fun. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

    —s hadley in soggy WA on June 2, 2012
  • i love ppf,
    I have been quilting for 6years and now i only paper piece
    It is so accurate

    —marjolaine hamel on June 3, 2012
  • I just recently started FPP and love it! I’m already planning a couple of big projects. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your wonderful giveaway!

    Stray Stitches (Linda G) on June 3, 2012
  • I love fpp! I love the detail and perfection. However, it makes my sister cry … I’ve made a couple of the blocks from this book into a sewing room wall hanging. It’s great!

    —Paula on June 3, 2012
  • Yes to paper piecing 😀 Love it. Thou I have put it aside for awhile to get caught up on other quilt projects. Love all the projects you highlighted.

    —Jackie Roisler on June 3, 2012
  • The first paper pieced project I made was a fan block table topper. I was amazed at how easy it was and how beautiful it turned out. Every thing was so accurate and precise. I have been hooked on paper piecing ever since.

    —Aloma Tally on June 3, 2012
  • I was just matched with a precision pieced in a swap. My first thought was, I need to learn to paper piece! I think this book would be a grat place to start. Thanks much for the chance, and the inspiration.

    —Beth T. on June 4, 2012
  • Have tried FPP a couple of times. Would be open to trying it again with better instructions. It’s a nice way to get a lot of detail in.

    —Janice on June 4, 2012
  • I have done FPP, especially on designs with lots of points and corner, it makes the points and corners nice and crisp.

    —Judy on June 4, 2012
  • I love paper piecing because it is so precise. I agree with you Karen, I like all the blocks in the book. I would be so happy to add this book to my library.

    —Susan Griffith on June 4, 2012
  • I love love love to paper piece. FPP I guess they call it now. My CT boss (dearly missed) from years ago told me how to do this technique while at work. I took a simple pattern home and did it. It was the most satisfying project I ever made. My next fpp was a 5 x 7 that had 179 pieces. It was so much fun I made a second one. I used (and highly recommend) wash away foundation paper on the second project. I own many fpp books and would love to add this book to my collection.

    —Kara on June 4, 2012
  • Thanks for reprinting this book. The patterns are a perfect way to start FPP. I look forward to learning more about paper piecing and would love to have this book to help me learn!

    —Carolyn Fulmer on June 4, 2012
  • I’ve never tried paper piecing, I think because I feel intimidated by all that paper and i actually don’t have a clue about how to do it! Winning this book could well set me on a new path which would be absolutely perfect because I need new inspiration!

    —SueP on June 4, 2012
  • I love to paper piece. I learned in a little class at a local store, and never looked back. It’s never intimidated me, and I love the precision one can achieve! I recently pp’d an angry birds blocks, and adult (gamer) son said it’s my best block ever!

    —Pat V. on June 5, 2012
  • I like paper piecing when I want to make a picture but dont want to applique it. My eyes dont do so well anymore for appliquing accurately, but paper piecing makes it possible. Great to have a book!

    —Madeline on June 6, 2012
  • I retired to the country and drove 50 miles to a paper piecing class. Loved it, but needed more help. The shop closed and I have not been able to complete the project. I would love to have a book that explains the process of paper piecing.

    —Lisa Rost aka Tululu Titswell on June 6, 2012
  • I have tried it on several occasions. I have made many blocks backwards too! And how many times I have tried to make that last tidbit of fabric fit that one little part of the block and when pressed open I find that the piece doesn’t cover the area needed! lol

    It seems to be a love hate relationship. Love the final outcome, hate the process!

    Maybe Jaynette’s book would help! 😀

    Sherri D on June 6, 2012
  • Paper-piecing saved me from giving up on quilting altogether. I actually had given up on quilting because there were too many points to match. I wasn’t doing a good job of it and it was just too frustrating. Then I was invited to take a class on paper-piecing, which I refused to do at first. I finally gave in, took the class, made three bad mistakes in the learning process (like cutting the pattern off along with the excess fabric to get my 1/4″ seam allowance), but once the light bulb went off I was hooked on paper-piecing. It is what I now prefer to start beginners with because anyone can sew on a line.

    Cindy Anderson on June 7, 2012
  • I am looking forward to getting this book and see how to paper piece right the 1st time!

    Elma on June 8, 2012
  • I am just learning about paper piecing, and love it! I have done it in scrap booking, but not quilting. I have a daughter who is a collector of sewing machines & parts, I would love to have this book to make her & her new husband a quilt!!

    —Page Wilhelm on June 9, 2012

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