As I mentioned on Tuesday, I attended a workshop on the Judi Neimeyer technique of paper piecing.
Her quilts are lovely and those crisp points just call to me!!
Everything was very well organized, including a packet that contained a 12-page instruction booklet and enough papers to create four leaf placemats……
All of the instructions were detailed and specific and were made to help the first-time paper-piecer be successful.
To make things easier, we were instructed to cut a 9-inch strip of fabric and then place the templates on top….
It was then easy to cut on the lines as she indicated. And each page included specific instructions….
Although I understand why she presented the cutting instructions this way, it seemed to me that there was a LOT of fabric wastage….
….and that killed me!!!
The paper piecing technique was nothing new but I did learn to use a dot of glue to hold the pieces in place (see Tuesday’s post).
Then came the paper removal stage….
I absolutely HATE this part…..
In the end, I fudged a bit and didn’t piece the stem to both sides but just folded it over and will applique it in place while I am quilting…..
The leaf is finished….
…..except for the quilting and binding.
And, as I have heard many people exclaim that the binding process was hard, I may just do a “pillow case” finish and make my life a bit simpler.
I am glad that I took this workshop but I have learned that I am not interested in more of these projects.
2 thoughts on “Paper piecing—-yea or nay?”
The leaf looks amazing!
I’ve never done a Judy Niemeyer quilt, but I have done paper-pieced quilts and yes, there is a lot of wasted fabric. The one I made last Christmas seemed to take forever between the constant trimming and the paper removal. But the results are beautiful. And some designs just can’t be accomplished any other way.
So true Andrea. I DO love the points that you can get!!!