In January of 2006 I taught myself to paper piece with this heart block. I made quite a few heart blocks -- until I felt comfortable with the new technique.
I was intrigued by this paper piecing. I decided to try a larger, more difficult block before I forgot what I had learned.
I copied the pattern, taped the 4 pieces together and numbered them all
Then I just cut chunks of fabric that somewhat resembled the shape I needed, turned the pattern to the back side and started sewing At this point I am not too optimistic. Did you ever see a more sorry-looking block?
I think the pattern should be on the back also. I can't tell where to place the piece to sew it on. I decided to use a pin to push through the front
When turned over you get this little holey line so you know where the fabric needs to end up
After ripping out and resewing 4 or 5 pieces that I still cut too short, I finally ended up with this I have to say I was surprisingly happy with the outcome.
It didn't take me long, though, to realize that poking a needle through every line was way too time consuming. I finally discovered just folding on the line and that is still how I do it today.
Paper piecing is easy, but I think I would have learned it more quickly if I had a teacher to demonstrate.
I spent many hours during Jan - April of 2006 honing my PP skills.
I made good use of all my teaching blocks. I ended up making 7 pillows, and a 3 throw quilts to decorate my deck.
I hope that seeing my projects will inspire you to begin or work on a project of your own.
When Life Gives You Scraps--Make a Quilt
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