Beginning Paper Piecing Lessons Learned

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  1. Get a Hera marker; it works great for creasing the paper to fold it back. I use mine for paper piecing, and also for marking quilt lines. It’s one of my favorite tools. Here’s the tweezers I use. With it’s angle and pointed tip, it’s really easy to get those bitsy pieces of paper out.

  2. That’s interesting that you had difficulty using regular copy paper for paper piecing. That’s all I use, but then again, I buy mine from Walmart, and it’s probably not super good quality paper—but works great for paper piecing! A sharp folded edge is key for me in placing my next piece, and I swear by my inexpensive metal ruler to help me get that sharp edge. I would suggest that you use closer to a 1.5 stitch length for paper piecing. It makes it easier to tear out an errant seam than 1.0 and still is tight enough to be able to easily (more or less!) rip the paper off. Take care, Mary.

  3. Roseanne, as usual you had me laughing from the first paragraph! You distilled a myriad of tips and techniques in that list of yours. The only thing I have to add is a word of caution … I find it difficult to paper-piece when doing a bee quilt. When I’ve done paper-piecing patterns for my guild, I always print the pieces out and distribute them to participants. Why? Everyone’s printer is calibrated a little bit differently, so it’s helpful if the pattern everyone works from is printed from the same machine to avoid annoying discrepancies.

  4. dezertsuz says:

    I have no tips. I don’t paper piece in the usual sense.

  5. Shirley Clark says:

    They’re looking great! I’ve only been working on a string quilt, but I had saved some old Birds and Blooms magazines so I’m using those pages. They tear really easy.

  6. Love all your tips. I follow some on your list and I forget some – especially designated blades for paper-piecing and remembering which blades were designated for what :-). I want to try the freezer paper method that lets you reuse the templates. Google it and you’ll find lots of blog posts and videos on it.

  7. quiltinggail says:

    I agree with Kathleen – about the add a quarter ruler. Wouldn’t pp without it! And, horror of all horrors, I pp without sewing on the paper – so no tweezers required! 🙂
    Happy Quilting & pp! 🙂

  8. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, You have shared some excellent tips! I love the results of paper piecing but also hate having to remove the paper. Someone quite a long time ago, recommended using a very light one sided interfacing as the paper. You draw your pattern and do not do any ironing, unless you want to along the way, until the very end of the block and ensure that it is done correctly. Another method that I have been reading about, but have not tried yet, is where you fold back the paper and sew the materials together like there was a line there. I hope that makes sense. Many paper piecers are using this technique now and say that they really enjoy it. I hope that you have an absolutely magnificent weekend! Loads of smiles and hugs being sent to you!!!

  9. Great post! I use a dart tracing wheel alongside a ruler to pre-fold the stitching lines. Also I write the size fabric needed for each section on my template before making copies.

  10. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    Along with using my add a quarter ruler, I use a heavy piece of cardstock to give me a nice strong edge so that ruler sits upon when I turn my paper back for trimming after sewing on a piece.

  11. I love my add a quarter rulers. It seems silly but it does make it easier to trim them down!

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