Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paper-less Paper Piecing Class

It's happened again! I've gotten distracted by another fun project!

folded paperless piecing glue
Yesterday, I had the honor of taking a class from Cristy Fincher, daughter of Sharon Schamber, and owner of Purple Daisies, and learned paper-less paper piecing. All I can say is, what a great technique!! This has opened up a whole new world of piecing options for me, and I see many new blocks in my future!

This is Cristy's block I made in class yesterday.
And this morning, and I know this is crazy, but we're talking 3:15 am, I was cutting fabric for three more blocks. 
Couldn't sleep, and cutting makes little noise, so why not?

Later, I further prepared the pieces, and got the blocks ready for sewing.
Thanks to the very handy micro fine glue tips I purchased from Cristy, the process went smoothly.
After all the sewing, trimming, and pressing was finished, it was time to play with the layouts. Here's the other choices:
It's okay, but the big green square in the middle is boring.

Option 2, which looks weird with just four blocks.

And the final choice,
I think I'll stop with those four blocks and add a border a bit later.

If you can't get to one of Cristy's classes but would like to learn her technique, she has a new Craftsy class that does just that! Pain Free Foundation Piecing with Cristy Fincher.
I found her process easy to learn, and I'm really excited about it's potential! I hope you give it a try--wouldn't you like to piece a top like this?
And by the way, I didn't take a nap, but bedtime is probably 8:30 tonight!

Happy Quilting!

Linking with Freshly Pieced and SewFreshQuilts!


  1. Wow, that is a beautiful block! I like your final block placement with the bright green in the middle and the pink pointing into the middle. Your seams and point all look perfect, too.

  2. This looks great and your points are sooo perfect!
    I'm glad to hear Cristy has a Craftsy class; I'll have to put that on my wish list. I've read (and re-read) her blog post on ppp, but I just can't seem to wrap my mind around it.
    I have used her glue tips for a few years and love them. I didn't realize they were 2 separate pieces, and one time, my glue fell off the ironing board - without looking, I picked it up and set it on the table. Later, I came back to the ironing board and saw that somebody had CUT OFF MY TIP!! I questioned everyone - including my husband. I just couldn't see why somebody would cut my tip. (or HOW - that plastic where it'd been cut- is pretty sturdy! I ranted about how it was expensive (it isn't really) and why can't people just leave my stuff alone?! It wasn't until I ordered a new one and attached it to a bottle of glue, that I realized the tip was 2 pieces and when my bottle fell, it must've just pushed the tip inside of the bottle. Oops! Had to apologize to my crew for a) thinking they'd done it, and b) not believing when everyone insisted they hadn't.
    Happy sewing (and sleeping, if the occasion arises ;-)
    ~ Tracy

  3. Susan, thanks SO MUCH for posting this. I am going to take her class. I have taken many classes from Sharon and did not know she had a daughter who was out there teaching and sewing as well. I am certain I'll love the technique once I try it!

  4. P.S. Your blocks are absolutely GORGEOUS!


Thank you so much for just made my day!