I'm sorry girls, but I just don't get it. I'm pretty new to quilting, and I know a lot of you said this was your first time for paper piecing, too. So what did you do? I don't even know how to start. I looked at the tutorials, but I'm still confused.
(Donna, I promise I will figure this out before I cut into your fabric.)
Do we cut the paper and use it like a clothing pattern? Or, is there some magic in the foundation paper you sent us? Please help!
I am very excited to learn this new technique, and I am so glad I have all you ladies to help me do so! Please don't think I'm a dunce :) I look forward to hearing from you all...


  1. I didn't get it either until I got out a book my hubby bought me a while back...The Quilting Answer Book by Barbara Talbert...I LOVE this book. It has helped me on several occasions.

  2. Geri,
    Would it help if I took some pictures of the process I have been using for my last couple of blocks (kind of like a tutorial) and post it over the weekend?

  3. Geri,
    The first time is VERY confusing, you are not a dunce.

  4. I have been making some...but I made copies...and then cut out the triangle (the whole triangle...2 per page) Then I turn it around and copy what is on front on the back. So I have it on the front and back. Then I take the fabric and the background fabric I have it in about a 6x6 square...you have left overs from it but you have to have it bigger so it fits all the far corners. Then I sew from the back side (the side I put the markings on) I sew a 1/4" from the line...not sure if it is corrent but I don't know how to really get it completely on the line..I should try harder. Then after sewing I fold over and iron. Then I cut the material a little over the line...about 1/4" and then add the next fabric...and then repeat.

    Then once I am done I turn it over and use my ruler to cut around the edges to discard the extra fabric. Then you take off the paper (if you use a smaller stitch size you can fold on the stitch line and it will come off easily). Then you can sew together like regular blocks.

    I bet Donna's picture progress will help too! A nice tutorial!

    Good luck!! :D

  5. Thank you all so much. Rene, it is so funny you mentioned that book because I received it as a gift just this afternoon. After I posted! What a coincidence.
    Nancy, I'm glad to know you guys don't think I'm a dunce! :)
    Donna, if it's not too much trouble that would be a fantastic help. I would really appreciate it.
    Crystal, your technique sounds great. I will try it on some scraps.
    You ladies are great. I know I will figure this out, and I will have all of you to thank for it.
    Have a great night,