Friday, June 14, 2019

Paper Piecing or No?

In between quilts from the two books of the month, I pulled out a block I designed last summer, wanting to put into a quilt this year. Here's a sneak peek - I don't want to give it all away just yet!



Using notes from last year, I made several more blocks, double checking and clarifying those notes. Currently, I have 14 blocks - they were pretty addictive when making them in batches.

While the construction was still fresh in my mind, I typed up the block instructions, with detailed images for a future pattern. When I was all done, I thought, would this block be easier to make if paper pieced???

For some parts yes, for other parts maybe. My first thought was, is it worth my time to produce a paper pieced version? 
Then my next thought was, "Do quilters really like paper piecing?" 

I've heard both sides: those that use the technique love it for it's precision and the ability to create blocks not possible by standard piecing techniques.

And there are those who are afraid to even try it. Reasons given vary from difficulty working with odd shapes, dreading tearing out paper, or feeling it's just too complicated. 

So, I'm taking a poll:  
Do you like paper piecing?
Does it influence your quilt making?

Feel free to leave a simple 'yes' or 'no' in the comments, or go ahead and explain your paper piecing thoughts. The results will certainly help me decide if it's worth it to write up a paper piecing pattern. At the moment, I'm leaving all of my instructions and images in place for more blocks to come.

Thanks for the input!



21 comments:

  1. Yes, I LOVE paper piecing and have sometimes converted regular piecing patterns to paper piece them (I use EQ). When I'm shopping for patterns I will always choose an FPP pattern there is one available that has the look I want.

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  2. I have never cared for paper piecing don't know why just rarely do it

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  3. Yes, I've made paper pieced blocks. Do I like paper piecing, so so. Do I love how perfect the blocks look when I'm finished, sure do!
    I think what I like least about paper piecing is the fabric that's wasted, I guess I oversize the pieces so I don't have to rip if it doesn't cover the section.
    I don't really mind taking the paper off-I sort of like it!

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  4. I don't like paper piecing at all. I have tried it, but some paper pieced blocks have such tiny pieces that is what urns me off. Plus you have to wrap your brain around doing things upside down, backwards and mirror image and it's too much to deal with, not to mention removing paper! I prefer applique to intricate piecing. But ask a question and you will get tons of different answers, lol! We all do what we love and avoid things that we don't like.

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  5. I enjoy PP every once in awhile ... each time I revisit it, I fall in love again with the precision of the blocks. Then - it becomes slow and tedious, compared to regular piecing. However - I usually have one or two PP WIP's - so, yes, I LIKE PP, just don't LOVE it.

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  6. I have done paper piecing and it certainly is helpful for some blocks, but I did not enjoy working with Moda cake mix papers (too thick) or Judy Niemeyer patterns (wastes too much fabric). So I'm not much help in your survey.
    Pat

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  7. I like the idea of paper piecing but haven't tried it.

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  8. No....I don't have the patience or the time to fool around with it. Give me just plain piecing any day.

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  9. PP has it's place, for small intricate designs give the quilter accuracy. If it is a bigger pieced block, I'd rather not waste the fabric and just focus on careful stitching.

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  10. I love paper piecing. I miss Carol Doak and all her great work. thank goodness I bought her pattern books

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  11. Yes! I love paper piecing and am working on paper pieced blocks today.

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  12. No, I don’t really like paper piecing, I tend to avoid it whenever possible. On the other hand I have dreams of making two patterns I bought specially so I really need to practice. I’m too mean to buy the special paper, maybe that’s been the problem, it’s so expensive in the UK

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  13. I do like paper piecing. As well as regular piecing and English paper piecing. It depends on what the project calls for.

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  14. No. It's difficult to visualize when pieces seem backward or reversed. Though it can produce a pretty result, I find the process more frustrating than fun.

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  15. Nope, nope, nope! I don't enjoy paper piecing at all.
    Barbie

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  16. I gave it a try and did not seem to like it, but I plan on trying again. I know that a lot of Quilters love paper piecing for accuracy. I do not seem to have problems with accuracy in my piecing. But it is a technique that I should pursue just because! Have a great day!

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  17. I love the challenge of paper piecing, as well as its precision. That being said, I have to be in the mood for it. I taught myself how to PP, because I kept hearing it was so difficult and decided I'd prove them wrong. Funny, I'm not like that in other areas of my life, but in quilting, it's like a dare. Hahaha.

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