Paper piecing is a simple and traditional quilt making technique and once you have learnt the basics, sewing more complicated patterns will become easier and enjoyable. I love to paper piece and I am thrilled to have designed my very first PP pattern which I will be releasing very soon.
I have put together a two part tutorial so you can try paper piecing for yourself, if you haven't already. Both tutorials will include a pattern so you can sew along with the tutorial.
Firstly, lets talk about what you will require. There are several papers available to print or draft your patterns on, including some which will wash away after you have completed your project (which would be great for large quilts) but I use either the paper directly from the printer, which is a little harder to remove, or I trace the design onto baking paper, which removes a lot easier. Choose a paper that best suits you.
If you do choose to use printer paper, you can take the thread out of your machine and sew along the sewing lines before beginning to paper piece; this perforates the paper and make removing it a lot easier.
I have a separate rotary cutter for paper piecing and I load it with my older fabric blades. I also use a universal needle in my machine but just remember to change it after you have paper pieced, as sewing through the paper will blunt it. I also suggest using a smaller stitch, so you don't rip out seams when removing the paper.
Ok so starting on a pattern. Download and print my basic pattern HERE. Cut around the dotted line of the pattern (not directly on the line) and chose your fabrics based on the picture below:
First we need to cut a square of red fabric for A1 and a square of pink fabric for A2:
I hope you enjoyed sewing this paper pieced block. I'll be back with Part 2 of this tutorial in a couple of days and this will cover sewing angles plus sewing and joining sections. :)