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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    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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    jo says

    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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    SewLindaAnn says

    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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    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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    Lindsay says

    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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    Love your spools block!!!! Very cute and pleasing. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    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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    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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    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lorraine says

    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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    Ann says

    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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    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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    Elnora says

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

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    Audrey says

    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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    Leigh says

    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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    Angel says

    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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    Pam says

    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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