Paper piecing made simple | Quilting Tutorial with Angela Walters

Paper piecing made simple | Quilting Tutorial with Angela Walters


What do you do if you want to make intricate
quilt blocks with points that match every time? Try paper piecing, of course!
Hi, I’m Angela Walters. I’m going to show you how paper piecing can help guarantee perfection
when it comes to complex, and not-so-complex, quilt blocks. Let’s start with a few tips
for getting started. First, you need paper! For this project, I’m
using thin foundation paper. Any type of paper will work, but a thinner
paper will be easier to rip out later. You’ll also need to print out your paper-pieced quilt
pattern. You’ll need a copy for each block or portion
of the block, depending on the pattern. It will have numbers depicting the order the
fabrics should be sewn on. The lines are your sewing lines. You will be sewing directly
onto the paper. Place fabric 1 so that the wrong side of the
fabric touches the underside of the pattern. The fabric should overlap the section marked
as #1 by about an inch. Holding the paper and the fabric up to a light
will help ensure that it is placed correctly. Pin the fabric to the paper to keep it from
moving. Pick a scrap of fabric for section number
2. Make sure that it covers the section and extends past the sewing lines.
Place fabric for section 2 on top of fabric 1 so that the right sides are touching, re-pin
on the paper side, holding both pieces in place. This will keep them from shifting during
sewing. Remember shorten the stitch length on your
sewing machine, 1.0 will make it easier to rip out the paper later on.
With the paper on top, sew carefully along the line between section 1 and 2, beginning
and ending a few stitches beyond the line. On your cutting area, carefully fold the paper
back along the line you just stitched Using a rotary cutter and ruler, trim the
fabric 1/4″ from the paper This is an important step, I left this out
the first time I paper pieced and it was a mess!
Flip the block over so that the fabric is on top. Using a dry, hot iron press the second
fabric into place. Rotate the block again so that the numbers
are showing. Crease the line between #2 and #3. Trim the excess fabric, adding the ¼”
seam allowance. Take your third fabric and align the raw edge
with this cut edge, making sure it overlaps into the next section.
Sew on the line between the 2nd and 3rd section Repeat the previous step of folding the paper
back and trimming the fabric away 1/4″ from the seam. Press as before.
Continue sewing the fabrics onto the block in the order shown in the pattern.
When all the sections are filled in, it’s time to press and trim the block.
I like to spray the block with starch and iron it with a dry, hot iron. This helps prevent
distortion when removing the paper. If you decide to use starch, be sure to let the block
dry before trimming Once dry, it’s time to trim the block – including
the 1/4″ seam allowance. Before you start cutting, check to see if the 1/4″ seam allowance
is on the pattern or not. Trust me, it’s heart-breaking to piece the whole block, only to trim it
incorrectly! To sew the blocks together line them up, pin
and sew. Once you’re sure the block will not be sewn to another unit or paper pieced block,
it’s time to remove the paper. This is the perfect chore to do while watching your favorite
tv show. Once you’re sure the block will not be sewn
to another unit or paper pieced block, it’s time to remove the paper. This is the perfect
chore to do while watching your favorite tv show.
If the paper is tough to remove, you can lightly spritz it with water. Or use a seam ripper
to get the paper out of tight corners. Whether it’s a simple quilt block or a more
complex one, knowing how to paper piece will help ensure perfect points every time.
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37 thoughts on “Paper piecing made simple | Quilting Tutorial with Angela Walters

  1. Thank you for the clear description on how to do this, will give it a good try! Many thanks, a not so self assured quilter!

  2. great lesson. the 1st time I tried paper piecing I did it without any idea of what to do and never thought of online help…not great but a learning experience as everything in quilting on a 1st attempt. Craftsy and Angela are important addition to my quilting quests. Thanks

  3. It took me over two days to find a site that got to the basics of foundation piecing, without the attempts of being witty and yadda, yadda, yadda. So glad I found you.

  4. how do I get this pattern. love the pattern and I really like paper piecing. more accurate than my normal quilting

  5. When I remove the paper my seems are visible. I am using a 90/14 needle, have tried using thinner thread, using freezer, tracing, and carol doak foundation paper, and have a stitch lenght of 18-20 stitches per inch, and am very careful not to tug hard when removing paper. Is there something else I can do so I don't see my seams/thread?

  6. why use paper?  just cut the shapes, sew them together.  This seems like a big waste of fabric.  don't make sense to me to use paper for a quilt block

  7. I"m going to try this for my first ever quilt… I should say I made a crazy quilt 36 yrs ago for my first born but this is my first pattern quilt

  8. I use the Add – a – quarter rulers for trimming. They work great. I just made the Hedwig block from Fandom in Stitches.

  9. Thanks for posting! Great video. Made the concept of paper piecing much clearer. Thanks! Now I'm not so apprehensive.

  10. Excellent demo Angela. The best I have seen. And for all those criticizing her use of PP for the simple block seen in the demo, or the waste, the simple block and large pieces were used to make the concept crystal clear to beginners. Once you get comfortable with this method, you will be able to tackle insanely complex blocks easily, ones that would be a nightmare using the usual piecing approach…and you will know how to cut your pieces to minimize waste.

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