Adventures in Paper Piecing – Take Two

Fresh Lemons Spools

A few months ago I decided to try my hand at some paper piecing. It went…ok. Fast forward several months and I found myself unable to stop thinking about the blocks that were being created in the Ringo Pie Bee. What a talented group of sewers. So I decided to try again, this time with my own design.

I drew up a set of spools to match my blog header. I’m not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed of the results. It’s certainly not perfect. In fact, I think I could have done a better job if I just made it without a template instead of following the design I made on paper. I also should have shortened my stitch length because when I was removing the paper, I really think it pulled a lot on the seams. Sigh…. I may remake the whole thing. I don’t know. If I do keep it, I plan to do random straight line quilting and hang it on my wall.

Have you made any blocks like this? I’d love to see your links!

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I’m feeling better about it now. I think I will keep it and finish it up for my wall.



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    June 24, 2011

    What isn’ there to like? I love it! Super cute!

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    Jen S.

    June 24, 2011

    Seriously, now! Faith, it’s awesome! Don’t remake it; we are always our own worst critic.

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    June 24, 2011

    Oh it is fantastic. I love it. Don’t remake it. I love those Ringo Pie blocks- serious talent in that group. One day I hope to try this too.

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    June 24, 2011

    It is so cute, I would love to do something like it!

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    June 24, 2011

    I have also admired the blocks they are making at Ringo Pie, but have not been brave enough to try to make my own pattern! Yours came out wonderfully! I would not remake it and wouldn’t worry about having pulled on the stitches just hang it up on the wall and be proud of yourself!

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    June 24, 2011

    I love everything the RPie group does as well. They are very talented and inspiring in so many ways. You were obviously inspired and did a wonderful job! I love your design and think it’s perfect. What a great wall hanging it will be.

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    June 24, 2011

    It looks amazing! I’m so impressed by all the great paper pieced blocks that keep popping up around the internet. I bought some paper last week, but I haven’t mustered the courage yet to get started. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    June 24, 2011

    I think it is so cute!! I wouldn’t remake it and you should definitely be proud of it. I’d totally hang that on my wall!

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    June 24, 2011

    Love your spools block!!!! Very cute and pleasing. 🙂 You should definitely keep it and work it up. If you’re making a wall-hanging, it doesn’t matter anyway if the seams aren’t as tight as they could be.

    If you mean have we done anything in paper-piecing – yes, I’ve been working on a really cool quilt using this technique. (
    But I have not made a block the same style that you just did. ;D

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      June 24, 2011

      Wow, those are great! Very impressive!

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    June 24, 2011

    Don’t remake it, it’s awesome! You should certainly be proud of it 🙂

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    The Hungry Crafter

    June 24, 2011

    OK, so I’m not a super advanced sewist, and I certainly understand being a perfectionist/critical of ones own work…BUT, that said, I really really love this!!!! Seriously, don’t remake, it’s wonderful. Or if you remake, send that to me and I will love it forever 😉

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    June 24, 2011

    This is terrific-love it!!!

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    June 24, 2011

    I think they look great! Boy, that Ringo Pie Bee is great, isn’t it?!!!

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    June 24, 2011

    This looks spectacular!!!

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    cinzia allocca

    June 24, 2011

    SOOO CUte!!! Nothing need redoing here!

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    June 24, 2011

    I think it looks great! The colors looks so bright and pop nicely against the white.

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    June 24, 2011

    This is so super cute I can hardly stand it!

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    June 24, 2011

    Seriously staring at it. The tape measure fabric on the top and bottom, and black and white polka dots….amazing.

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      June 24, 2011

      Don’t look too long or you will see all my screw ups! Ha! 🙂

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    June 24, 2011

    I love it.

    I love paper piecing and will do all of my piecing at a length of 1.5. I will also sew around the edge about 1/8″ from the edge before taking the paper off to avoid the edges coming apart and to keep it from distorting. I also really like Carol Doak’s paper piecing paper. It’s nice and thin and easy to rip.

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      June 24, 2011

      These are great tips! Especially about sewing around the edge. Thank you so much!

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    June 24, 2011

    keep it! once you finish it and wash it you will NEVER notice the puckers. i love that about sewing. it is hard to make it perfect and if it isn’t it is totally ok! it lends to the uniqueness of it and makes it absolutely yours.

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    June 24, 2011

    oh my gosh that is awesome! love the colors. WTG!! i have yet to try paper intricate paper piecing like this. i feel inspired to give it a shot 🙂

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    June 24, 2011

    oh definitely proud! it looks awesome! 🙂

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    June 24, 2011

    i love it! Recognized your blog header immediately! And, gotta love the tape measure top and bottom borders! 🙂

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      June 24, 2011

      Thanks Alice! I’m already putting your fabric to use! 🙂

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    June 24, 2011

    Yours looks great! I like the bright colors. Here’s a link to someone else’s spool quilt that was made from salvages:

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    June 25, 2011

    I have to say when I first saw the picture (without having read your post yet), I gasped. And then I read all these descriptions of the picture and I thought: She can’t possibly be talking about this picture of the spools?! I mean, it’s perfect!

    I think it looks awesome. You should be very proud.

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    June 25, 2011

    Oh that you mention it I see what’s wrong with your block……………..NOTHING. It’s terrific, the colour choices to match your header was a great idea. The tape measure border, inspired. Don’t be so hard on yourself. However I do know what you mean about removing the paper think shorter stitch length helps? I’ll try it. I know I do try to crease the paper first and start pulling from the centre of the seam but sometimes neither of those is practical. Love your blog I’m a regular visitor.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    June 25, 2011

    It’s freakin awesome! I’m glad you’ve already been encouraged, but I still had to say so. Love it!

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    June 25, 2011

    I think it looks great just the way it is! How cute!

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    June 25, 2011

    Paper piecing is not (yet) on my list of things to try!

    Good on you for giving it a go!

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    June 26, 2011

    This is fab! I’m so glad you’ve decided to hang it on your wall.

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    June 26, 2011

    Very interesting block. Great to look at. Thanks for sharing. I featured this on my blog:

    Feel free to grab my Featured Button if you like.


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    June 27, 2011

    I LOVE that you recreated your header as a quilt block, AWESOME! I can’t see any errors!

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    June 27, 2011

    Oh, I really like what you did here. I also admire all those blocks they make in Ringo Pie, I hope to try one soon.

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    Elena @ Breakfast for Dinner

    June 27, 2011

    Absolutely gorgeous! I already pinned this over the weekend. 🙂 I have to recreate to hang in my sewing room! 🙂

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    June 29, 2011

    You are crazy – that looks great!

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    June 30, 2011

    So Cute! I love it! Just like your Blog Header. Way to stick with it and keep trying!

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    July 1, 2011

    I’m with those guys! I think it is GORGEOUS! well done! =)

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    July 1, 2011

    It’s beautiful! Once you finish it up and hang it you won’t even notice those teeny spots that are bothering you. You did a fabulous job!

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    November 2, 2011

    Oh, my gosh, I love this!!!! Found your blog through Pinterest and have started following you on Blogger. Marvelous work!

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    January 7, 2012

    I love this…looks great. Now I’m wondering where I can find the tape measure fabric.

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    March 4, 2012

    amei lindo, queria fazer igual , me ensina? voce tem p áp?

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    May 3, 2012

    You are a creative genius! I love spools, get lots of ideas, struggle with paper piecing and never thought of making my own paper pieced patterns!! And I just passed up measuring tape fabric at a garage sale, not knowing what I would use it for! That little quilt is just delightful. Thanks for sharing!

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    September 29, 2012

    Too cute! Do you have a pattern or tutorial for this! I am thinking great Christmas gifts for my quilting friends! Thanks for sharing!

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    Pat chan

    January 13, 2013

    I love it but is it possible for me to have the pattern

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    June 20, 2013

    Have you made a pattern for your fabulous block? I really love it!

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      June 21, 2013

      Thanks Staci! No, I have no plans to make a pattern from this one. Sorry!

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    March 30, 2014

    I absolutely love what you have done with these spools …. Please post if you decide to make up a pattern..Tk You Barbara

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    Nancy Kindlund

    April 27, 2014

    Love your spool blocks, make us a pattern please, lol!

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    October 26, 2014

    I think it looks very nice! I’m hoping to try paper piecing very soon, hope mine turns out half as nice as yours did.

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    August 4, 2015

    I love this! I would like to do something like this for the sides of a zipper pouch. Thanks for the inspiration Faith!

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    April 4, 2016

    This is fabulous! I hope you took everyone’s advice & kept it. Will you share your pattern?


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