Sewing My Life Together

Paper Piecing=YUCK!

Well, given that I sometimes have problems getting my piecing seams the correct size so they match, so I decided to try paper piecing. I thought that if I matched my fabric to the exact lines on the paper, I couldn’t go wrong.

Well, I was absolutely wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

So here are some of my mistakes:

Can you see the vertical line on the white paper?  That is the direction the fabric was supposed to go.

Can you see the vertical line on the white paper? That is the direction the fabric was supposed to go.

Can you see that black vertical line on the paper, the one in the middle? Can you see the direction my orange fabric is facing? I somehow sewed the fabric in the wrong direction….but when I set the fabric on the line, I can’t visualize the direction the fabric is going to fall. So I sew it, then fold it, then find out I did it backwards, rip out the seam and start again.

This is how you sew paper piecing. You place the fabric wrong side up on the wrong side of the paper, then sew it, and in my case, HOPE that the sewn fabric is going in the right direction.

This is how you sew paper piecing. You place the fabric wrong side up on the wrong side of the paper, then sew it, and in my case, HOPE that the sewn fabric is going in the right direction.

So, whatever this problem i have with geometry, this above is a neat example of my attempts. You can vaguely see the fabric under the white paper. It looks easy, doesn’t it?

But this is really how mine looked.

But this is really how mine looked.

So….this is the actual back side of my paper piecing. You can see the repeated seams done over several times. Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!

This is how it came out. Not bad!

This is how it came out. Not bad!

Well, the photo makes it look better than it does in real life. In real life, it is kind of lumpy.

But the first copy I made of the pattern was on regular office paper, and that was too heavy to sew on. This one was sewn on regular office copy paper.  The next one, the one I am working on now,  is photocopied onto tracing paper. That makes the sewing easier. It doesn’t make my seams any better! This pattern calls for four trees sewn into squares, then sewn borders, backing, and behold! A small landscape quilt.

So this took me over three hours to sew…..I might keep on sewing it, and I might put it away.  I keep thinking that if I keep practicing, I might get better at it. What do you think?

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6 thoughts on “Paper Piecing=YUCK!

  1. I don’t have a clue how to paper piece. I’ll have to attempt it sometime…or I’ll just watch you.

  2. Faye Gurry on said:

    I laughed when I read this Susan, I tried this recently and was going great guns, then I sewed a crooked seam and tried to unpick it, then the paper ripped – I was so upset, in the too hard basket now. Keep going.

  3. I know it can be tricky at first, but once you get it it isn’t difficult at all. I took Carol Doak’s Craftsy class “Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing” and she explains it very clearly so I can recommend that course. One trick is to hold the paper up against the light so you can see where the fabric should end up, then place the piece of fabric over than spot and then flip it back. The paper that is made specifically for foundation piecing is also easier to work with than office paper. Good luck! I think it will get easier with practice.

    • I suppose I could look at that class….but I already have 4 Craftsy classes that I bought and haven’t used….And it was a little easier when I used tracing paper. On the pattern, it states that “office paper or newsprint work fine”….Thanks!

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