MCM #2 – Paper Piecing

Paper Piecing. Two words that can strike fear in the heart of even the most stalwart quilter. Well, this quilter. I’ll admit it, me and paper piecing have a very tentative relationship. I love the look of paper pieced blocks, but I don’t think I could ever make an entire quilt of them.

I will say though, my friendship with paper piecing is growing tiny bit by tiny bit. That is all thanks to my hive mates in the Bee Hive. November found us piecing the Hidden Gems block for Dena (free instructions here), and in December we got to do the same block for Bridgette.

Dena asked for a red, navy blue, white and black block. This is going to be the most stunning quilt when it is finished. Just look at this block:

Hidden Gems Paper Pieced Block

I can’t wait to see it all put together! The strong graphic lines of this block really appeal to me. I almost want to make more blocks for myself. Almost.

Then there is Bridgette’s block. Bridgette planned a rainbow color scheme and numbered each individually colored block. All of us then chose a number and worked with the colors in that block. Mine was block #13, orange and red.

Hidden Gems Paper Pieced Block

Each block will have a black print as shown above. Bridgette’s colored drawing was so pretty; I can’t wait to see it all done in fabric. Her quilt will be gorgeous!

I love how the fabric placements make this block look so different. Dena’s navy blue gives the block a strong and graphic look; Bridgette’s white on white in the same area fills the block with such light and airiness. (Do you recognize that white on white print? It’s the one I shared here yesterday.)

Little by little  I am learning to like paper piecing. And while I can’t say I’m exactly crushing on the process, I am definitely crushing on these blocks! I absolutely love them and can’t wait to see the finished quilts.

How do you feel about paper piecing? Love it, hate it? Never tried it but want to? I would love to hear about your experiences with it.

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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13 Responses to MCM #2 – Paper Piecing

  1. Kate says:

    Those are gorgeous blocks. I’m not a big fan of paper piecing, but it does have it’s place. So says the quilter who committed to two paper pieced blocks a month for RSC this year!

  2. Susan says:

    Hate it. Rather walk on rocks barefoot. LOL Your two blocks are beautiful, and it’s a great example of how color placement changes a design.

  3. Cath says:

    I love paper piecing….nothing like achieving perfect pointy points! and also, I have always loved puzzles and it is a bit like building a puzzle….good luck with it all…you are already doing a terrific job.

  4. Your blocks are awesome! I like paper piecing because it allows me to do complex blocks more easily. The key I think is cutting the pieces the right size (over large, but not wasteful), and I appreciate patterns that do that. Using an Add-A-Quarter ruler definitely helps.

  5. Kim Smith says:

    You can’t beat PP for relatively easy precision though. I too have a love/hate relationship with it. Thank you for the link-up!

  6. The blocks turned out great! I don’t do paper piecing often, but I do love have accurate the results are. The downside is it wastes a lot of fabric.

  7. Your blocks look great, Beth! Beautiful prints too.


  8. Tish says:

    I love the look of paper pieced blocks, but for me, one thing I have learned is to make many copies of the foundation paper. I never get it right on the first try…or second…or well you get my point. Those blocks are beautiful!

  9. Bonnie in Va says:

    That is a beautiful block especially the black, blue, red and white. Stunning.

  10. Q-Bits says:

    I love the accuracy that paper piecing provides, plus the ability to piece tiny patterns. Practice has made paper piecing routine for me. Sally

  11. I love the accuracy of paper piecing, I hate the mess! I have come to terms with it, and know that I will occasionally sew a piece on upside down (usually the first fabric, sigh). 🙂

  12. Lisa says:

    I absolutely love your paper pieced blocks and I almost want to make that pattern myself…but I think I’ll hold off for now as I don’t need another project. Just saying.

  13. Julie Stocker says:

    Paper piecing is up there with going to the dentist–no offense meant to the field. I’ve done it, and it wasn’t terribly difficult the first few times, but it’s one of those things you can overthink. Your mind has to be In the Game, and a quiet room without distractions. I don’t have that here, and will officially make it my excuse from here on out. Are we clear? : )

    Yours is stunning, though, so pick up the slack for me!

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