This book on paper piecing by KimberBell is full of great information and fabulous designs. The patterns are based around seasonal themes, but many can work as a general design. Our Craft Warehouse Design Team has a well worn and much loved copy of this book. If you want to learn how to paper piece, it has “How To” step-by-step directions with a photo for each step! If you know how to paper piece, you know why you’ll love this book.
Each of the twelve designs comes in 3 different sizes and they’re really cute! A list of materials is provided for each project in each size. There are helpful hints, optional quilting instructions and templates, finishing instructions – even hand embroidery instructions for some of the blocks. The book finishes with a bonus table runner pattern.
We used the spool of thread pattern in the small size to accent a larger project (to be revealed soon in a later post)! It finished at 3½” square.
Here are tips we can pass on after using this book several times:
1. Read the directions before beginning (her step by step instructions are really good).
2. We like to use foundation paper piecing as you get nice crisp points and less distortion, if any, when using bias cut fabric piece in your block construction. We use Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper, which we like a lot.
3. If you don’t have a printer, you can trace the size pattern you want onto the foundation paper or a light weight Pellon interfacing. The interfacing is a nice option if you are using the paper pieced block for a pillow top as it gives it nice body.
4.Reduce your stitch length to 2.0 for easier paper removal and stitch retention.