In August, Marianne from Adventurous Quilter posted a lengthy and interesting tutorial on paper piecing. I had never tried this technique before and was becoming more and more curious about it. But I was holding back as it involves paper, following lines, manipulating shapeless scraps and matching corners in ways that seemed quite complex. Surely, one needs an extensive experience in quilting to sew such beautiful blocks.
Luckily for me, after I left a comment at the end of her post saying that I enjoyed reading her tutorial and that the technique now seemed less daunting, she graciously sent me a paper-piece pattern for beginner level. And it was a house. How could I resist? So I printed it, took some cotton scraps and sat down at my sewing machine.
I really, really enjoyed it. The first house took some time as I was verifying twice that the pieces of fabric were at the right place and on the right side before sewing. Some seams on the back are very thin. The second house went faster, but I had to add a strip on the left wall. Somehow, I misjudged the size of the scrap. For the third house, everything went smoothly. I was hooked. So I made a fourth.
I am grateful for Marianne‘s generosity. This house pattern was what I needed to try this technique. Those houses will not be the last ones and I have started a small collection of paper piecing patterns that I intent to make.
I think that the main trick is to go slowly. What I like about this method is that after each line we sew and iron, a new part of the motif appears. Very rewarding.
What do you like about paper-piecing?