Paper Piecing Basics
Fully-illustrated instructions for absolute beginners
Fully-illustrated instructions for absolute beginners
Would You Like to Become a Paper Piecing Expert in Just One Hour?
If "Yes" then you've come to the right place.
Today, I'll teach you all you need to know. Read on.
Today, I'll teach you all you need to know. Read on.
aper piecing, also called "paper foundation piecing" (sometimes also called "foundation paper piecing") or PFP by quilting fans, is a method used to construct quilting blocks easily by sewing fabric directly on the lines of a paper pattern. The paper piecing technique was invented to make it easier to create even the most complex blocks, based on complicated patterns, accurately by following a series of simple steps. And because you can use even tiny scraps of fabric, you'll not have much waste neither with paper piecing projects nor any unused leftovers from your other projects.
Unlike traditional template piecing, PFP is a good technique for making even miniature quilt blocks. It also allows the quilter to create complicated designs by doing one block at a time. What's more, with paper piecing, you can use little scraps of fabric lying around to create amazingly unique designs.
In a nutshell, paper piecing consists of sewing pieces of fabric on to a paper foundation (that holds the pattern) to form a quilt block. After that, you remove the paper from the back and you have your block ready.
Paper piecing is a very simple technique. Anybody can do it, and it does not require a lot of training or some particular skill, but involves a series of steps which one can follow. If you ever stitched fabric together and cut paper, then you can do paper piecing. It's all there is to it.
The advantages of this method of creating blocks include the ability of developing extremely complex patterns without the use of professional equipment. The level of complexity is not limited by anything other than your patience and imagination. No matter how complex the pattern is, you can always reduce it to a series of simple steps.
Another advantage of paper piecing is that it has high tolerance for sloppiness (in a nice sense) because of the way it works. You have about a quarter of an inch allowance around each and every patch in the block. Even if some part the block came out a bit wrong and does not exactly fit the pattern, you can always adjust it when stitching to the adjacent pieces.
With paper pacing, it's okay if your grain is a bit off in the piece. Because of the paper foundation, your blocks will not be affected as much as with other methods.
With other quilting techniques, it's often frustrating that sometimes your blocks end up not being exactly the same. And because you need to make multiple blocks for a quilt, it might really upset you to notice that little details of the blocks differ. Even if nobody else but you notices that, simply knowing that you have flaws in your creation might make you hate it. I'm sure you know the feeling.
With paper piecing, if you perform all steps properly (which is not hard to do) and stitch exactly on the pattern lines, you'll be able to create as many perfect and identical blocks as you. With other techniques, it's very difficult to achieve the same level of precision. Often times, a quilt created by a beginner using paper piecing looks more professional than a similar quilt created by a seasoned pro using other techniques.
Almost all quilting patterns can be used for paper piecing. There are many block techniques out there (such as appliqué, and there are many patterns designed specifically for such techniques. But almost any one of those patterns can be used for paper piecing. I don't know of any other quilting technique, of which I can say the same thing. If you're just a beginner and don't know many techniques yet, you really should make learning paper pacing your highest priority.
With paper piecing, preparing templates is very easy. We used to have to draw the patterns (or sketch by hand) to make a copy, but now (with computers and the Internet) all we have to do is print as many copies as we need. And because there are plenty of free patterns on line, it would not take you more than a couple of minutes to find a new pattern, download it, and print it out whenever you are looking for a new project.
With paper peacing, you don't have to worry if the raw edges of your patches don't match perfectly, when you're positioning the pieces of the template. You can always trim them after sewing the block.
Paper piecing is great, but there is one problem. It's very difficult to learn. The technique itself is easy, but actually understanding how things should be done is hard. Some of the steps might seem awkward and confusing at first, and until you understand the whole concept behind paper piecing, you won't be able to create a block.
Because paper piecing is easy once you understood it, many experts forget how difficult it was for them to actually "get it" when they themselves were learning, and when they create a book or write a tutorial, they skip many vital details which makes it close to impossible for a beginner to understand.
Because those experts paper piece everyday, they don't realize anymore that simply telling someone the steps that are needed to paper piece a block is not enough. And even showing a few sketches or diagrams does not help a beginner to visualize the process.
Steps that seem simple enough like "turning the block inside out, holding it against the source of light, and looking through the pattern to make sure that the patches of the pattern overlap with enough seam allowance on all sides and that there are no spaces between the adjacent patches" might confuse a beginner if there is no sufficient illustration that explains what exactly should be done.
For an expert, the step described above is very easy to understand because she has done it many times. So that when she writes a tutorial, she forgets how difficult it was for her to actually do it for the first time, and she reduces the description of the process to just a few dry sentences and maybe a small diagram to illustrate it. And this is the reason why it most tutorials on paper piecing are not very helpful to a beginner.
Unfortunately that is simply not enough to help a beginner quickly learn the ins and outs of paper piecing and avoid the most common pitfalls. Avoiding pitfalls and silly mistakes is a crucial part of a good tutorial especially for a technique such as paper piecing, which is easy to practice but difficult to understand. A few of my subscribers actually told me that they had tried to learn paper piecing in the past but given up because they just couldn't understand one or two of the crucial steps needed to complete a pattern.
You've probably looked at a couple of paper piecing tutorials and you know exactly what I'm talking about. It's much more difficult to teach somebody how to do paper piecing than actually do it. But once you learn it, you'll see that it's the easiest technique there is.
Nevertheless, don't get discouraged. I guarantee you that today, you will learn paper piecing. I also promise that it will be very easy.
Soon, you'll be paper piecing like a pro. You'll be able to easily create any block you want, from the simplest templates to the most complex and extraordinary ones you can find.
Imagine the reaction of your friends and relatives when they see one of your latest projects which consists of blocks with patterns so sophisticated that they wouldn't believe you actually created the quilt yourself.
I know the feeling. Just like when you bake a really good cake and people ask you if you bought it or made yourself, and you tell them that you made it yourself, and they still don't believe you -- you smile, and deep down inside you feel proud of what you've accomplished. That's the same way you'll feel once you've created your first paper piecing project and showed it to your friends and family.
I run an online quilting newsletter, and I get a lot of feedback from my subscribers most of whom are beginners. That feedback in the form of questions about paper piecing is what helped me see the problem. It helped me realize what most experts forget. So I decided to create a tutorial unlike any other. I called this tutorial "Paper Piecing Basics".
And because I know how difficult it is for a beginner to understand the concepts behind paper piecing, I created this tutorial based on actual pictures that described each and every step of the process. When I say pictures, I don't mean some tiny diagrams or sketches. I actually photographed a process of creating a block by using the paper piecing technique. Everything from adjusting the pattern to cutting your first piece to connecting the following pieces to stitching on the seams to finishing off the block is covered in my tutorial in great detail. Every single step is illustrated by several images showing the process from different angles. It is designed specifically to make it easier to understand everything you need to know about paper piecing a block even if you never even heard about paper piecing until today.
Paper Piecing Basics contains real pictures, not some dry sketches. Here are some of the actual pictures from the e-book to show you the level of detail and clarity it offers.
Do you see the level of detail and clarity?
Because I keep in touch with my subscribers, unlike many experts out there, I know what are the most common pitfalls for a beginner. And based on that feedback, I created an explanation that teaches paper piecing in a way that lets you understand the principles and master this technique in just one hour.
It contains 30 pages with a total of 49 pictures -- all dedicated to making a block using paper piecing. Have you ever even heard about a paper piecing tutorial that is so detailed with so many illustrations?
The price of Paper Piecing Basics is much less than what you would spend on a lesson with an instructor. And if you decided to learn paper piecing on your own, the amount of fabric you would waste by making silly mistakes is even greater. You could easily sent $50 or even $100 worth of fabric into a trash can by cutting it the wrong way or stitching it where you weren't supposed to. Not to mention the amount of time you would waste on all those mistakes.
Also, if you just had text descriptions and occasional diagrams at your disposal (like in any other tutorial out there), then it would take you at least a week to master the paper pacing technique. But with paper piecing basics at a price of only $24.95, you will learn paper pacing in just one hour.
Believe me, I'm not exaggerating. One hour is all it takes when you're learning the most efficient way possible. So when you have to choose between up to $100 worth of wasted fabric in addition to a whole week of your time and just $24.95 and one hour -- the choice is clear: Paper Piecing Basics is exactly what you need.
And did we say it's an e-book? E-book is an electronic book. You get it simply by downloading to your computer. There is no shipping cost and you get it immediately. You can view it on your computer or print it out in just few minutes from now.
Get your copy, download it (print it out if you want) and one hour from now you will be a paper piecing expert.
And just to assure you that I'm not exaggerating about the quality of my e-book, I'll make you the following promise: if you order my e-book and don't learn paper piecing in one hour, I'll give you your money back.
One hour from now, you'll either finish your first block and master the art of paper piecing, or you'll get your money back. Can you possibly imagine such guarantee if you bought a conventional book in a bookstore? I don't think so.
You will know everything you need to know about paper piecing to complete any pattern you ever wanted, and you will be able to just pick up a pattern, piece the blocks, and make a quilt.
I know that Paper Piecing Basics is a great tutorial. Many beginners who read it told me so. Therefore, I know that my e-book will help you learn paper piecing. If after reading my e-book you are not completely satisfied with it or if you don't think this purchase was the best $24.95 you have ever invested in your quilting passion, I will refund 100% of your money on the same day you ask. No questions, no delays.
Give me an hour of your time and I will teach you the art of paper piecing. Click here to get your copy today. And don't forget, I run a quilting newsletter, and I get constant feedback from quilting beginners. So, I know exactly the right way to explain paper piecing to someone who is just getting started.
P.S. If you need any help with your order or if you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact me.
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