Paper piecing intimidates a lot of quilters, and is disliked by others who have had bad experiences. However, it’s a wonderful technique to have in your tool box and can become quite addictive. You probably just need the right instructions to get rolling with it.
The benefits of paper piecing make it well worth the effort to learn. Not only can you easily piece intricate blocks, it produces unparalleled accuracy. Plus, you can create small blocks and those with tiny pieces that would be hard to piece the standard way. And, there are so many wonderful block patterns available!
If you prefer written instructions, Rachel at Wooden Spoon Quilts has written an excellent tutorial. Note how she cuts the fabric pieces first for easier placement and sure coverage of the area they’re meant for. This also saves on wasted fabric.
Rachel’s tutorial is great for those just starting out with paper piecing. It will save you a lot of trial and error and help you learn the method quickly. Once you learn the process you can “wing it”, like in the videos above, and work with fabric that hasn’t first been cut into shapes.
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