Paper Piecing Problems

Thanks to blogs I read and Pinterest, I stumbled upon a great paper piecing tutorial video from Vanessa at Crafty Gemini.  It was so great that it gave me the confidence to try my own.

However, I think I bit off more than I could chew with my first one out of the gate.  I started with the Hexagon Star Block that Jessica posted on her blog.  It’s a little ambitious for a beginner!  I struggled with the skinny white pieces, I must admit.  I think I was probably psyching myself out and over-thinking it.

Here is my second attempt at my first section of the block (did you get that, my first one was a total disaster and couldn’t be shown!).  This one STILL isn’t right because my aqua wasn’t large enough and I’m supposed to have a point on the left side but I ran out of fabric there.  Doh!  Guess I need to re-do my re-do of my first section!

And I’m calling this ‘The Aftermath’. Am I going to have this much of a mess with every one of these? Likely!

But I’m not giving up.  I AM going to complete that block.  But probably not this week!


About msminnesota

I'm a wife, mom of two (one blue, one pink), and I work full time. Our family loves to camp, and we're often on mini adventures during the summer. My fall/winter/spring/rainy day hobby is quilting. I started about 10 years ago, then put everything away when The Blue One was born. A few years ago a good friend decided to take up this 'hobby' and I've been back at it ever since. She's my partner in crime (A.K.A. 'the enabler'). I have no aspirations of becoming a quilt designer - I'm just not that good at geometry (I rely on my math major/computer programmer husband to help with piecing backs at times!). This little blog is my way of chronicling my quilting adventures. Occasionally I post about non-quilting things as well. Thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to say HI! IG: wannabequilter
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10 Responses to Paper Piecing Problems

  1. quiltykanuck says:

    Vanessa has the best videos and PLEASE don’t give up! My first a few weeks ago, I must have ripped apart 5 times. But now that I’ve gotten it down, I’m having so much fun paper piecing. Well worth the effort. Looking forward to seeing your block done!

  2. Quiltmouse says:

    I feel for your pain! I have finished a complete quilt of paper pieced blocks – not quite as hard as the one you are doing, and have paper pieced several orphan blocks. I still get terrified when I pick up a paper pieced project! I follow Vanessa and enjoy her videos. My thrifty nature cringes as I waste fabric paper piecing. Keep at it!

  3. The Sassy Quilter says:

    Love these colors! I hate when I miss those corners….always trying not to waste fabric and I know i just need to go bigger and be safe:)

  4. I am so excited that you are learning this first so you can teach me!

  5. Yes, paper piecing has the benefit of perfect points, but you have to sacrifice fabric – so worth it though in the end! It’s good for center medallions of quilts, table runners, smaller projects…Some patterns will tell you exactly how to cut your pieces so that there is minimal waste. Keep at it!

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