March 2, 2012
Lessons to Live by when you Paper Piece!
I have always admired these, so very much, but never wanted to actually do them. They look so hard, I'll bet they take so much time. Not one to be deterred, I started in right away, stitched them right up until I had the 4 pieces ready to go together....and then my heart sank. I trimmed them on the line that was supposed to be the seam allowance. I only did it to three of them, but still......I had to start over. I had to ask the hostess to send me more background fabric, Uggggh. So I got the fabric and was ready to go and I finished them right up this past weekend. Alas, another bump in the road. On a couple of them I had forgot to reduce my stitch length so it was a small challenge getting all the paper off.
Here is my finished product:
1) Remember to reduce your stitch length
2) Use your "paper" needle. Someone told me this does make a difference so when I am doing this method, I have a needle that I colored in green marker at the top that I use.
3) Don't be in a hurry (it'll cost you, I guarantee it!)
4) Don't be cheap with the fabric. I have tried to cut it close and I can't tell you how many times I went to press it down and it just didn't quite fit to the line - ugh. The seam ripper and I spent too many hours on this. Cut fabric with plenty of edge around it before you sew.
5) Keep doing more!
Although I am still a bit scared of paper piecing, I'm actually starting to like it. My first attempt came out good and I think this one did too. Practice makes perfect - I need to keep on practicing!