{week 10} paper piecing

Back to fabric this week. And some very very bright colours – you may need sunglasses to protect against the bright fuchsia pink and startling orange.

I’ve never attempted paper piecing before – also know as foundation piecing and not to be confused with English paper piecing – and I wasn’t really sure how it all worked. I soon discovered it’s like magic! And very straightforward and satisfying.

You start with a template. The one I used is by angry chicken and available to buy here. Or there are tonnes of free templates on the web – this site has lots available.


Then you need fabric – the great thing about this technique is you can use up scraps. You then simply follow the template and instructions. There’s a great tutorial here.

Right sides together

You need to use a small stitch (it makes tearing the paper off easier) and take it slow and steady as you sew along the lines on the paper. After each piece of fabric you need to trim the seams and press the shape in place before adding the next piece. As you see it all coming together it really is magic – to start with you can’t see how it will possibly work!


I’m not sure what to do with the three blocks that I’ve made so far. I think a whole quilt would be too much – maybe I need to balance it with some softer colours. Any other ideas?

Three pink and orange paper pieced blocks


6 Responses to “{week 10} paper piecing”

  1. 1 ida August 15, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    If you make 4, you can turn them into coasters.

    You can also turn them into Christmas-tree ornaments (very bright!)

    You can sash them and make a small wall hanging. Or, you could just frame them and make a wall-art=piece.

  2. 3 Lisa Stevens August 15, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Haha! I read it wrong! I thought it was going to be paper pieRcing :)
    Maybe you could make a quilt when you have finished your 52 crafts :) I’m sure by the time you’ve finished the 52 there will be some crafts that you just can’t get enough of!

  3. 5 Inez August 17, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I think is would look great if you made it into a tote bag the squares would look great in the center. And using bright summer colors would even be use as a beach bag.
    I don’t know how big the squares are if its small you could use it as a make up case or eye glass case.
    Or even glue it to a blank card and use it to as a thank you card.

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