Paper piecing, Oy!

Why can’t i wrap my head around paper piecing. . ?

After placing the fabric, checking the position, checking again. . .

And yes again. . .I successfully sew. . .

and then cut the wrong side of the seam. . .UGH!

I almost gave up, after all I ruined some precious pieces of Kitty Yoshida Urban Oasis. . .but after nixing the idea below as ‘mheh’ for the #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap

and then seeing this byΒ MsMidge Paper Piecing and I knew I had to make that butterfly!

It’s called Garden Party by Monkey Beans.

Although I must admit I was very close to sending my little butterfly with the paper attached πŸ˜‰ I finished the little guy and then as a true gluten for punishment does – I made another one πŸ˜‰

I decided to use some of the new skills I’ve learnt over the past year. . .

and came up with my partner’s request for something “clean, simple and pretty”. . .I hope it meets her expectations. Β My swap partner is kinda good at all this quilty stuff. . .’kinda good’ being a true understatement!

I cant tell you who she is, I’ll provide the link to her blog once she gets her package. . .I’m kinda nervous and excited all rolled into one – you know I couldn’t send the package without a little hooky goodness:

I have a WIP update post coming Wednesday, I may even try the whole linky thing again – but then that is in the hands of the Nippers. . .aka my mini bosses. . .good thing they’re cute!

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Categories: FOs, Hooky aka Crochet, Kitty Yoshida, Mini Quilt Swap, Quilt making

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10 Comments on “Paper piecing, Oy!”

  1. November 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    You’ve done a wonderful job. The butterflies are super.

    • November 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      Thanks Lucie! It was fun to see it evolve with each new piece of fabric.

  2. November 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    It has turned out beautifully!
    Something I find makes paper piecing a bit easier is using freezer-paper templates. I have one bit of thin paper, as usual, to sew onto, and another tracing of the pattern on freezer paper, which I number, mark on the grain and then cut up into individual bits. I use the bits to cut out the fabric (with generous buffers all around). It sounds like extra work, but so is unpicking the stuff-ups, and I make far fewer this way. I think I got this idea from the Pink Penguin or Sew Take a Hike blogs.

  3. November 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    How precious! You did a great job paper piecing

    • November 5, 2013 at 6:58 am #

      Thx Carla, it really is cool how crisp and clean a paper pieced pattern turns out.

  4. November 7, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    It took me some time to get my head around the whole placement of the fabric as well. I Pinned a lot at the beginning before sewing lol and had a special relationship with my seamripper. The paper removal part is always the first of it all, especially since I just use normal printer paper, so the stitch length really is a huge difference there.
    And I wished I had seen this video by Elison Lane Quilts before I actually learned paper-piecing. It would’ve made it so much easier, so maybe this will help you, too πŸ™‚
    http://ellisonlane.com/2013/08/beginningpaperpiecing.html
    Your butterflies are gorgeous by the way and the mini quilt, too! Love!

    • November 7, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

      thx Lia! I’m checking out that video right now πŸ™‚

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