Thursday, April 12, 2012

Paper Piecing Quilts


The local community quilt show featured several quilts from our quilt guild. My favorites were the paper piecing quilts (above) that Debra and Judy made. They are intricate and so beautifully stitched together. I also know that they are something that I will probably never attempt, so I admire them even more.

Paper piecing is sometimes also called foundation piecing. Quilts made by this method are constructed by sewing pieces of fabric onto a base which becomes the foundation. Debra and Judy constructed their quilts on a paper foundation. Fabric patches are stitched onto an exact replica of the quilt block or piece. Work is started at the center of the design and radiates out. The only seam allowance on the template is the one that is around the perimeter of the quilt.

Judy's quilt (on the left) won 3rd place for the entire quilt show. There were about 400 quilts on display.

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  1. Is it incredibly difficult? I have seen the technique and think that I might try it on a much more beginner level.

  2. Amazing! I don't sew very well at all so am in awe of the work others do, especially quilting. Anything I were to attempt to sew would never stand the test of time. :) Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  3. Did you know that Judy's got 3rd place overall?

  4. I have not heard of paper piecing. How intricate and beautiful!


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