Monday, December 27, 2010

Wendy tackles paper piecing....

Let me make a confession.  I'm terrified of paper piecing.

And so... when in one of my quilting bees... a member asked about paper piecing?
Were we comfortable with it?
I answered with much enthusiasm, "I'd love to try that!"  
Why, oh why did I say that?  so scared.....

My sister in law has assured me it's easy.
So I've started with this video series, which seems friendly and easy to understand.

So I keep reminding myself that I like to try new things.  That I am capable of learning new things...
This is the first one I tackled.  It's the Golden Snitch from Harry Potter.
I think I can....
I think I can...

Starting to come together...
I fixed that funky corner there... but not bad for a first try, right?  

Sister was right... (1) Don't try to conserve fabric (2) shorten your stitch length (3) just try it, it will be ok....

So then I started in on this one, the Hogwarts tie.
Man those are some teeny pieces!

I think it looks rather dapper...

Next was Rita Skeeter.
Finally the time-turner.  I am proud of this one.  It was more challenging.  And I persevered!

All 4.  

Thanks to Kristin for giving me a challenge and helping me to learn something new!

So help me here:  I really liked paper piecing.  
Do you have a favorite paper-pieced block you can link me to?  I'm eager to try more!!


  1. "I really liked paper piecing"...I hate to say I told you so, but... :)

    I love paper-piecing stars. Here is one of my favorites that I've done...

  2. yes, yes, you told me so! I shouldn't be such a chicken! But I was... and now I'm over it and ready to paper-piece the world!

  3. I love paper piecing!!!!!, it's so easy for me. I got a book, it's 505 paper piecing small blocks, I'll tell you the name tomorrow, it's really useful has ALOT of different ones!!!

  4. Wow!! Harry Potter blocks! Love em...did you purchase the patterns? I've never done paper piecing, so I don't quite get it.

  5. are doing wonderfully!!! I have made one quilt by paper piecing...not sure if I like it as much as you....but sure enjoyed seeing your blocks!

  6. Your paper piecing looks great. I taught myself in 2006 and have been addicted ever since! has quite a few free patterns as well as patterns for sale.

    I just purchased a few from that site and have been making the cutest snowman block this week. You can check it out at my quilting blog if you would like:

    Almost everything I make is paper pieced so you can get a good idea of what can be done once you feel comfortable with the technique.

    It looks to me like you already have learned the technique. Just like your sister said, it's easy!

  7. these look so great! wow! My favorite is colorwheel geese -

  8. I remember when this first posted, I tried paper piecing around the same time. Love the accuracy, hate the waste, but I'm still willing to do more of it!