Lessons Learned & How I Became Friends with Paper Piecing

So, Block #15 in The Splendid Sampler™, Family Affair, had me in a bad place for a while.  The design is great, Janice Ryan did a fab job of designing the paper piecing pattern and she also provided plenty of pictures on her site.  The problem was with me.  I went into this one with a cocky attitude, you know like, “Paper piecing, pffaff – I got this – easy peasy. It’s stitching on paper, what’s so hard about that?” 

What was hard was that I didn’t keep my mind open to really learning an alternate way of quilt piecing.  I walked away from my sewing room many times and took solace in my knitting needles – {story for another day}

However, I persevered – read through the instructions multiple times, carefully studied the photos from Janice’s blog, turned my brain upside down and sideways and managed a final product!

SS15 Family Affair

Not too shabby for my first time with paper piecing.  I have some heavy seams because I forgot to go back and trim when needed, but my mind was so focused on proper fabric placement and sewing on the solid line seam allowances, so I think I did good.

Here’s a look at the back side.  You can see where my seams are a bit thick and a few pieces of paper left over. {I didn’t do a lot of the backstitching as suggested, so some of my stitch lines were a wee bit fragile.}

backside SS15 Family Affair

The plus side of this?  I learned a new technique to use with blocks that have smaller areas and tighter corners.  I like the crispness and how sharp the lines, even the thinnest ones, and points come out.

I will be looking for more paper piecing opportunities in the future and I just may go back to some of the earlier blocks that provided paper piecing templates – stay tuned!










3 thoughts on “Lessons Learned & How I Became Friends with Paper Piecing

  1. I didn’t trim my seams either but I should. I really enjoyed the paper piecing!

    1. My block was also 1/4 inch less than it should be, I’m blaming the lack of trimming!

      1. Good idea! I’m planning to use sashing around each block to account for any block size variances at the end.

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