I'm not going to give you a tutorial on how to paper piece. There are lots of them, and Kerry has a very helpful list here. This is the great thing about paper piecing--aside from its accuracy. There are several different methods, all of which will get you from Point A to Point B, so you are sure to find one that is most comfortable for you.
Since I have been working on my donation quilt, I'm going to show you how I started cutting my fabric for those really odd angles.
At first I wasn't really paying attention so much. I would just cut a bit hunk of fabric and then trim it down later.
fabulous quilts out of teensy pieces.
If you have paper pieced before, then you know that sometimes it seems you are sewing upside down and backwards. Because, in a sense, that is exactly what you are doing! I don't know about you, but just when I think I have the right amount of fabric for the next piece, after I sew the seam I realize that it doesn't fit at all because the angle is all wrong. And then I have to do what I just read somewhere is called "froggy" sewing: rip it, rip it, rip it. Finally I remembered how I handled that problem when I was in a block exchange involving paper-pieced birds. I chose to make the scissor-tailed flycatcher. When I was little we lived in Oklahoma and that is the state bird. But mostly I chose it because it is fun to say. Go ahead. Say it out loud. Scissor-tailed flycatcher.
link gives the basics of how I learned to paper piece and it is the most comfortable process for me.
I use freezer paper just for those pieces of the pattern that have the odd angles.In fact, I don't even use this method for all the pieces--you can pick and choose where you need it.
The first thing I do is make a quick sketch of the pattern on the non-shiny side.. Really. The lines don't even have to be perfectly straight, just close. Then cut them apart on the lines. No need to add seam allowance.
We'll use example of pieces #1 and #2. #1 will be pinned to the back side of your paper pattern (if you are following the method that I use...)
The next thing is to iron the freezer paper template to the wrong side of the fabric and cut a generous 1/2 inch around each side.
Then flip it back to the fabric side, and start the process over for piece #3.
This method was really helpful when I got to #7 in this particular pattern, which was a large piece with odd angles.
Before I started with the freezer paper templates I would just have cut a big piece of fabric and hoped for the best. This works SO much better. And the extra time it takes is really miniscule. My pattern happens to be constructed in four quadrants and the freezer paper templates are easily reusable at least four times, if not more.
Pile of scraps before freezer paper templates:
Pile of scraps after using the freezer paper templates:
So while Amanda Jean is probably sobbing now because these scraps are too small even for her, at the same time, through her tears, she is probably applauding my fabric frugality.
If I have just confused you beyond belief, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)and I'll try to do a better job of clarifying things.
And guess what? It's giveaway day. Again! Kerry designed the most awesome paper pieced pattern, Winter Woolies. So cute.
The pattern is available in her etsy shop.
OR you could win a pattern here. All you have to do is leave a comment. So tell me: are you a "summer" person or a "winter" person? Personally I'm kind of a "rainy day" person. You know. The kind who loves rain for days on end...So I should actually be paper piecing an umbrella!
Just leave a comment and Random Number Generator will choose a winner on Thursday, October 27, at noon PDT.