Never tear out stitches again! My favorite paper-piecing tip


So, about a year ago, as I was getting ready to teach Advanced Piecing at QuiltCon, I had kind of an amazing realization. It was the kind of realization that cues angels singing and brilliant rays of sunlight. I mean, it really was that good. I think I discovered a way to make paper-piecing kind of sort of foolproof. 

Sound too good to be true? Not to oversell this or anything, but I ran my little tip past my students in class, and they loved it—one person called it “mind-blowing” and another said this little tip alone was worth the price of the class.

Curious? LOL. I’m sharing this brilliant little secret with the world today over on Bernina’s We All Sew website today! Head over there to check it out, and enjoy your paper-piecing projects!

Disclaimer: I’m sure I’m not the first person to have discovered this, so I don’t claim to be the inventor of this technique. I just personally have not seen it described elsewhere.

20 replies
  1. Kristine
    Kristine says:

    Awesome! How is this not in every paper piecing book? So simple, but it helps with perhaps the most frequent mistake (at least for me!). Thank you so much for sharing. I bought a pattern with some large, skinny triangles that this tip will help with immensely.

  2. Juleen Jaeger
    Juleen Jaeger says:

    It's almost as though you were standing over me watching me struggle with this exact problem in the quilt I am now making!!!! I thank you so much for this great tip. I hate ripping but paper pieced ripping is even harder. Though I am stubborn enough to take it apart and do it right! Happy New Year! Since you live in Milwaukee, we are practically neighbors as I live in New Berlin. Thank you, Lee!

  3. Sally Mc
    Sally Mc says:

    Lee – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!! I am relatively new to paper piecing and have found the “back-to-front, upside-down” thing really challenging. I know it should be logical, but I just couldn’t quite get it. This tip has literally changed my (paper piecing) life !!! Since using it (just this week) I haven’t made one mistake and it is all so logical and easy now. I am getting pretty quick too because I am confident. I agree with Kristine, how is this not in every book and tutorial on the basics. Thanks again.

  4. Suzi
    Suzi says:

    I have been paper piecing a few years….always making horrible mistakes and taking way too much time…however I love the precision! You have changed my life!!!!!! I LOVE this! Thank you soooooo much!


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