I faced my paper piecing fear

I did it, I faced my paper piecing fear. Let me explain. I have done some paper piecing before and I hated it. I vowed never to try it again.  But you know what they say, never say never!

My guild had a demo by an extremely talented quilter who has a slightly different approach to paper piecing. She told me I would love paper piecing. I hoped she was right!

I watched her demo, I took notes and I took pictures. I went home with the pattern and I waited a couple of months.

vday-qBut the moment of truth is upon us, the challenge is due next week. I had to forget my previous experience with paper piecing. About ten years ago my daughter found a picture of a quilt she wanted, I said yes and ordered the pattern.

I arrived and when I read it I was mystified. What is this paper piecing? I jumped into and starting making blocks.

They were a mess. I was hating sewing on paper. I like my blocks to look as nice on the back as they do on the front and the back was chaos.

I stopped making the blocks, sewed them together and announced it was done.valentine-quilt-cropped Yes, it is pretty skinny. It lacks an entire strip.

I had four additional blocks done when I just stopped making the quilt. About two years ago, I used them to make a door quilt. Now, I wish I had known more and had sought some help to finish all the blocks, although I do like my door quilt.

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Here is the pattern we got, I have already used it and a bit got ripped off. You might be wondering how I still have the pattern. That is because with Natalie's method, you don't sew on the paper.

I liked this aspect quite a bit. You fold the pattern and use glue to keep the fabric in place. After ironing, you sew the fabric pieces together with the pattern folded up.

This pattern is for a post card to give you perspective for size. I obviously caught the one corner with my stitches, you can even see the little holes. Here is my postcard, I've even sewn it onto cardboard.

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It is not perfect but hey, I did it. I not only faced my fear, I conquered my fear of paper piecing!

Now I might even make something else!

Sew happy!

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I wrote about the Valentine door quilt here.

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