Paper Piecing · Quilting

Tried Paper Piecing

I wanted to try a small paper piecing project before I started the full quilt project mentioned a couple of days ago.  My friend Denise suggested that I try this tutorial.  So I gathered up the supplies I had on hand and got to work.


I viewed the video a couple of times and thought “this doesn’t seem to difficult”.  As Jennifer said in the video “I can do this”.  I started the piecing and all was going well until I ran across an odd angle and when I sewed the piece and pressed open the fabric went the wrong way and didn’t cover where it needed to be.  Oh well, ripping is not new to me.  So I tried again and was successful.  Woohoo!



I continued on undaunted by my little mishap and pieced the whole project together.  I believed I was doing well and got to the part where it was time to stitch the strips together.  Oops, I cut on the sewing line instead of the seam allowance line.  I never said I was perfect.  No big deal.  So, there I went, I printed up another paper and pieced that part again.

I sewed my strips together and as you can see, there is a kink in the tree trunk.  I am unsure if this happen when I was piecing and possible the brown was not lying flat underneath the paper, or maybe it wasn’t smooth then I put the strips together to sew.


What I have determined during this project is that paper piecing is fun and maybe a little complicated.  My next paper piecing project will be a repetitive block for a quilt so I think once I do a couple of them it will become a habit.  I’m sure with patience and  practice it will get easier just as everything else.

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23 thoughts on “Tried Paper Piecing

  1. Yay, good job. Those funky angled pieces still get me sometimes even after I stop and take notice of them. One thing to keep in mind when paper piecing, its just like traditional piecing except you have the paper as your guide. If your fabric isn’t laying smooth on the paper it wont be smooth when you piece the sections together. The paper sometimes gives you a false sense of security and you don’t notice the fabric has shifted a little near the seam inside your paper/fabric sandwich. Don’t be afraid to use a little dab of the Elmers washable glue stick to tack it down. In your second picture of the tree top see how your green corner flaps are raised at the seam? Give them a good press with the iron, place a dot of the glue stick in the center of the patch (on the paper) and iron on both paper and fabric sides of the template. This will hold the outside pieces down and in place. If you find the paper wont release when its time to remove the paper, dampen the glued paper with a q tip, a washcloth, spit on a finger (lol) or a small paint brush. This will soften the glue and paper and the paper will come off easily. I have had the fabric shift on me when I was squaring up my block after piecing and have for instance cut the corner of my fabric off that covered the paper. After ripping and sewing new patches on a couple times I learned its easier to add the glue then rip stitches and sew on another patch. Besides, I love looking at the blocks after trimming with all of the patches laying flat against the paper, give me a real sense of accomplishment. Please know I am not trying to correct you or tell you did anything wrong because you did not but instead I am offering lesson learned tips that have helped me after learning the hard way. And I really wish I had someone at the time to offer these little tips to make it easier. I’ve read and tried where others say if you starch the fabric prior to piecing it will make turning and pressing easier. It does help but I hate adding more chemicals to the already saturated fabric. The glue is safe, kids eat it everyday.


    1. I believe you’re right about the paper disguising whether the fabric is laying smooth underneath. So about the glue, I’ve never used it in my sewing. My question is if you put the glue on the fabric does it come off with water or do you have to put it through the wash. I was concerned about it sticking to the paper but you’ve already answered that. I appreciate the advice. If I don’t have to make the mistakes it’ll be easier on me.


      1. You can either apply it to the paper or fabric. I apply it to the paper because being a glue stick it drags on fabric. I’ve not tried to completely remove it from the fabric prior to laundering. It does wash free when placed in the washing machine. You wouldn’t want to gob it on, just enough to tack the fabric in place. In the next couple of days I will do a short photo layout/tutorial on my steps for piecing a block with both glues that I use. I’m so glad you didn’t misunderstand and take my comment as criticism.


  2. Your tree block turned out great! I enjoy paper piecing, but often find myself making the same mistakes you made. Sometimes it’s just too easy to cut the wrong line, or turn the piece the wrong way…LOL!!


  3. Your tree is wonderful. I think you should think of the little trunk thing as a knot in the tree. They aren’t necessarily perfectly straight in real life! I have done several kinds of paper piecing because I fell in love with Ruth McDowell’s work. So I read her book and took a foundation piecing class from a different person and plowed along with her book and practice items. It can be tedious to paper piece but it is also a great tool to be ultra precise when you want that exact thing in your head and nothing else will do. I think for that type of piecing sometimes it helps to copy the pattern onto both sides so it is easier to practice your ‘flip’ and see things really go where you think they will. You can do that with a light box or window. Good luck and have fun!


  4. What a wonderful tree! What I see when I look at is is a brave woman who not only tried something she’d never done before, but also put it out there for everyone to see, warts and all. It’s beautiful, just like the gal that made it. Thank you so much for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss!


    1. Ha! Warts! I think you get it. I am encouraged by your kind words. My journey is not about perfect quilts/blogs. It’s about the work it takes to get there. I am just a beginner and hopefully trying to provide the message that it’s ok to make mistakes. I am hopeful I get some views from your linky parties and comments and suggestions on how we beginners can avoid and fix our mistakes. It’s certainly a learning process. One day I am hopeful that I will be able to help beginners with my experience along the way.


    1. I’ve heard about the precision. I’m not sure it will happen on the quilt I’m about to start being this is my first time. I intend on linking up on your parties. You should be able to see my progress. Hopefully it will be a good time. Glad you found my comments.


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