Have you ever heard of paper piecing quilting?
It’s a simple way to take the complicated out of elaborate quilting patterns. The paper is used as your guide.
We’ll show you how to use this simple technique to make perfect quilts the first time. You’ll also learn what patterns it works best for and where to find those patterns.
Paper piecing is also called foundation quilting. We’ve written about it here and give you a very nice walk through of the process. Follow the steps when you are ready to try this technique.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of piecing together a quilt top?
Is it sewing squares of fabric together?
Bet paper never enters your mind.
The paper however can act as your guide for when you sew the pieces together. This is particularly helpful for when you are using the sewing machine to assemble the top of your quilt.
Using the same guide for every quilting block ensure that each block is completely uniform and will line up perfectly with each other.
The patterns that work particularly well with the paper piecing technique are those that require perfect placement. Blocks that have sharp angles, such as the pineapple, work perfectly using this method.
When it comes to these types of patterns the guide simplifies the angles and makes them line up with very little error or effort.
Now where can you find these types of patterns for reasonable prices?
Glad you asked. There are a few places that you can purchase them but few are worth the while.
Barnes & Noble of course has books of paper pieced patterns. That’s great for when you really like using this method and want to buy several patterns at once.
If you are just getting your feet wet with this technique it’s best to just buy one pattern at a time. Craftsy.com has several paper pieced patterns available from several different creators.
Those are our two favorite places to find these types of patterns. We have used them both ourselves when starting a new project.
Paper piecing quilting doesn’t need to be weird or awkward. It can really help guide you to make those perfect stitches that we all strive for. Give it a try. We’re sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
Until next time.
Paper Piecing Quilting