Sunday, April 8, 2012

Paper Piecing Puzzle

I have a confession to make; I love the look of paper piecing, but.... and here is my confession- I have never tried it! I always thought that it would take too long to set it all up, and then.. I thought "maybe I could make a take along project." That would have been great, and will be great, once I get the gumption to figure something out.
Then, at my last meeting with the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild , I was lucky enough to win this very cool paper piecing project:

 I need to take my machine in for maintenance, so I figured that I would work on the paper piecing project that I won. Yeah, that's what I'll do, I thought today... And so, I have picked it up, all packaged nicely, and looked at the awesome directions. Only thing is, because I really don't know what I'm doing, I don't really understand the instructions that look as though they could belong to Ikea. So, what to do, what to do? Well, I do have a recipe book to edit and format, but I want to do some stitching!! I guess I'll be spending some time researching paper piecing, then diving into my nifty gifty. Wish me luck - I am hoping that soon, what I have made will actually do our wonderful guild's logo some justice!

PS- Thankfully, I know that one of my blog buddies, Karen, who blogs at Stitching Life , has an awesome tutorial on English Paper Piecing here . I will be diving into it later today, but love to have as much information as possible on hand when researching a project. If you have a tute on paper piecing, or can recommend a site, please let me know. In the meantime, happy crafting!!


Jean said...

So the first thing you need to know about paper piecing is that there are two totally unrelated techniques commonly referred to as paper piecing! English paper piecing is done by hand, using pre-cut pieces of paper, commonly all the same size & shape -- hexagons, diamonds, etc. The other technique is more accurately called Foundation piecing, as it is built upon a foundation which may be paper but can also be fabric, and is usually done by machine but could, like any sewing, be done by hand. Your project looks like the latter.

And really, no need to be intimdated by it, it's really very easy!

Holly said...

Hi Loralei! If you're just getting started with foundation paper piecing, I recommend you watch some of Sonja's video tutorials on her blog: You could try one of her free patterns to get used to it before attempting the VMQG logo. Good luck!

stitchinglife said...

Good luck :-) I agree with Jean, that looks like it might be foundation piecing. But thanks for the mention!