With the upcoming quilt along I thought it only fitting to add a pictorial. There are paper piecing tutorials all over the internet and I have read quite a few, even watched many videos on YouTube. Honestly, this is a combo of tips I have taken and combined that work for me. None are wrong, it all comes down to what works best for you. This is what works best for me. The paper pieced pattern is Mosaic Quilt, the QAL pattern that will start on Feb 14.
My precutting involves cutting fabric into workable sized strips. For the Mosaic Quilt a 2″ strip is prefect. I’d rather spend the times sewing then cutting.
The first fabric patch on any paper pieced template will be wrong side to the paper. Every additional patch you add will be right sides together.
This should have read:Line up your colored geese fabric with your seam allowance.
In the photos below I will try to explain a little on piecing with the strips and the angled edge.
When I slide that template up and over the geese fabric I want to be certain I have left at least 1/4″ seam allowance. If not I will have to rip stitches which usually means ripped paper template. Then you have to add a piece of tape to stabilize the template.
My template patch is covered and I still had a little fabric trimming to do so I would have a 1/4″ seam allowance. If I had cut my geese pieces in rectangles I would be cutting off and wasting that corner of fabric. 9 times out of 10, if I had cut the geese into triangles to cover the patch the bias would have distorted my fabric with all the handling. If that weren’t bad enough, for paper piecing flying geese it has been my experience that I had to cut the triangles a lot larger than necessary. If I didn’t, after stitching and turning my fabric I would always have the point a little off and not enough fabric on one side to leave my 1/4″ seam. So I would end up ripping stitches and my template. Tape isn’t the easiest thing to press over. It also makes it more difficult to remove the paper if your new seam goes through the tape. Instead of my waste can being heavy because it is filled with a lot of wasted fabric pieces, it’s light and filled with small strips of fabric and paper. Almost like going from a dry fluffy cotton ball to a soaked cotton ball.
If you are new to paper piecing I hope you can take something from this pictorial and apply it to your own work. Whether you are new or experienced, if you feel I have left something out or would like me to expand on a photo please leave a comment or click on the “Contact” tab at the top of the page and send me a private message.
On Feb 14th the first download for the QAL will be available along with another pictorial for joining the templates. So, if you have ever wanted to try paper piecing but wasn’t sure where to begin you have found a starting point. Hope to see you join in and if you do, please share your photos.
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A couple more things to keep in mind, I starch and press my fabric prior to cutting.
Before trimming and joining template pieces I ALWAYS press on both the fabric and paper side of each template. (Do not add more starch)