However when I had the chance to try out a Craftsy class, I thought why not try one on paper piecing? I might pick up a few tips, and see how a professional does it. So I signed up for Quick Strip Paper Piecing by Peggy Martin. (Note: pics in this post aren't all from the class - just wanted some pretty amidst all the text!).
Gotta say – the “quick” part of the title definitely appealed to me! Paper piecing is a lot of fun, but let’s be honest. It is time consuming. I love to chain piece when I’m sewing blocks together but it never really occurred to me to try it while paper piecing. But I think I may be a convert. Particularly for those blocks that have to be made in quarters. Like this block I did awhile ago (called Thuban from equiltpatterns.com)
So I know you’re waiting with bated breath to hear how I found the class! Well I am still working my way through the projects (afraid Christmas sewing is taking priority at the moment) BUT so far, so good.
It is the perfect class for someone brand new to paper piecing, but who has the basics of quilting and sewing already sorted. Peggy goes through it very clearly every step of the way. If you’re a fairly competent paper piecer, it might not be for you as the class is geared for those new to paper piecing – that said though, I am finding it interesting to see how Peggy paper pieces and some of her tips (like sewing all the seams the same way – that never occurred to me!).
I did notice a few little things that I do differently but I don’t think it makes that much of a difference. I like to backstitch at the start and end of each paper pieced line. I feel that it secures the blocks a little better. But that’s just what I find works for me.
|Too Pretty for Pickles - another block made in quarters|
So! Enough advertising talk. Here’s my version of the first project in the class – a Pinwheel Polka block. Strip piecing was a different way to tackle it and might not work for all patterns but it was great for this one.
So, interested? All the Craftsy classes are on sale at the moment. And Quick Strip Paper Piecing is half price! Score! But you have to be fast. The sale ends midnight US time on December 24. Christmas present anyone?!
As with all my blog posts – I like to be completely up front. I am a Craftsy affiliate, so I get a bonus if someone purchases a class through one of my links here (eh we’d all like to manage a bit of a bonus from our blogs and quilting wouldn’t we?! Don’t hold it against me ) However, I know there are a few people who have commented on my blog that they love the idea of paper piecing but are a bit nervous to give it a try. So I thought it worth trying out this class and sharing my thoughts for those interested in trying it.
Well better get back to the Christmas sewing – keen to get that finished so I can try out the Sailor’s Delight block (I do love a paper pieced compass block!).