Friday, February 19, 2010

do you paper piece?




I learned to paper piece a couple of years ago when I took a class from Connie Chun of Webster Groves, MO.
She taught a paper pieced miniature flying geese pattern. When I signed up for the class she gave us all the instructions so we could precut our little fabric squares. I of course picked my favorite 30's fabrics. I enjoyed the class although I felt like I was completely out of my element...and I didn't do another paper pieced project until now...

Now I am glad I took the class. I learned an easy way to paper piece using a post card and the add-a-quarter ruler. Miss Nancy has a wonderful post today with some tips on paper piecing using a post card/add-enough ruler and the add-a-quarter ruler.

The one part of paper piecing I find challenging is cutting the fabric pieces to fit. The Add-Enough ruler is a new tool that really helps this problem. You lay it on the pattern and it tells you how big or small to cut the fabric to fit... I find I am wasting less fabric and that is always a good thing...

Three more blocks from the Civil War Love Letters book...



Nancy

12 comments:

Pat said...

Somewhere in this house I have the "add enough" ruler but couldn't figure it out...so I'll look at the link you gave us in a little while and will be very happy to learn how to use that tool! THANKS!!!

Miss Nancy said...

Great post and Thank You for sending readers my way. Love the flying geese. It is just right in thirties fabrics.

Have a great day.

Miss Nancy said...

Your blocks look really good as well. I forgot to mention that before thus two comments. The blocks look really great.

Anonymous said...

Your civil war blocks look fantastic! Also your 30's wallhanging. Great work, kiddo. I'm a little behind on my blocks but I'll catch up...eventually. LOL. Veronica

Anne D said...

Your blocks look great. I love the wallhanging!I think paper piecing is a great way to do flying geese.

Terry said...

I have never paper pieced but I hope to learn how someday. Your little quilt is lovely! :0)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Beautiful wall hanging and I love your blocks..

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn, Nancy ~ What lovely fabrics & pretty design ...

Have a beautiful week ~
Hugs, Marydon

Sylvia said...

Your flying geese look fabulous. I did one a few years ago and I must admit I just cut the pieces by eye usually a square or rectangle. My geese quilt blocks were only 1/4" x 1/2" so I just used scraps. Will check Nancy's site for the method for larger pieces.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful things Nancy. Yes, I've done lots of paper piecing with my Bella Cosmati that's on my header and then Geese in the Forrest. It may be a while before I choose another one of those.

Beth Karese said...

Your quilt looks cute. I have, and like, the add-a-quarter ruler. I'll need to check out the add enough ruler. (Yes, I've paper pieced, for little coasters.)

Rhonda said...

Your paper piecing is lovely. It's so precise, the points crisp...I love paper piecing although I don't do it very often.
Great job and thanks for the info about the ruler.