This is my single best quilting tip for the paper-piecing technique.

Paper piecing…foundation piecing, foundation paper piecing…whatever you call it, it baffles me every time.

Maybe it’s because I don’t do the technique often enough or maybe it’s because I was never good at that section of the ACT test where you had to match the box with the flat template. Maybe my brain just isn’t that mathematically/spatially-inclined (sorry to disappoint, Mrs. Miller).

This is a partially completed project I inherited from my mother-in-law, Pat.

Yes, I always have to start with a reminder of how to place the first piece (easy enough). Then I try and try and try to guess the smallest (yet large-enough) piece of fabric to cover the next areas in numerical order.

Over and over, I try to out-think the pattern, certain that my piece of fabric will coverage every bit of the pattern piece, plus seams, all the way to the edge of the design without using a crazy amount of fabric. But alas, over and over, I fail–there’s a tiny speck of uncovered paper, so obvious when the fabric is missing.

…Until I finally GIVE.

One must SUBMIT, I’ve learned, to paper piecing. One must be humbled to the Paper Piecing Process and the excruciating fact that…

There WILL BE wasted fabric!

It is the nature of the beast.

So here is my Best Tip for Paper Piecing!:

Think big.  

Think BIG, really!

Think really BIG!

Paper piecing is much more fun when you do!

Star Lite Village by Judy Robinson, 1995

Hmmm, wonder if I should use paper piecing for one of my friend’s Round Robin borders?  Read the post about our current guild Round Robin Challenge, “It’ll Be Fun They Said” (click here) and stay tuned for updates on the challenge!

Tell me about your paper piecing or Round Robin challenges.

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