The Beautiful Garbage.

Okay, it happened.

I have falling in love with paper-piecing.

I swore I never would! I said it was too finicky, took too long! I said it was a waste of paper, that I didn’t need all those teeny tiny points! I said it was for the birds! Or the paper-piecers! And that it was fine and dandy and important to know how to do, but no thank you, ma’am, I’ll stick with plain old piecing-piecing.

Then I started making a Rocky Road to Kansas quilt and, well, that was that. I love it, guys. I’m so in love with this method. It’s FUN! It’s fun and tidy. I love that trimming moment, you know? When you turn the whole mess over and swish! swish! swish! swish! You’ve got this gorgeous block. From chaos, order. From a mess, a clean kitchen countertop. You feel me, here?

And I love the way the garbage looks.

Beautiful Quilty Garbage

Picture of quilt to come, I promise. All my paper-piecers in the house say “Heeeeeeey!”

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1 Sarah B { 05.01.13 at 4:59 pm }

It’s my favorite! I started writing my own patterns I love it so much!!

2 Pam { 05.01.13 at 7:20 pm }

heeeeeey! I just finished a small but cute paper piecing pincushion. I posted it yesterday. From the new book Patchwork, Please! You would love this book! have fun!

3 Cruz { 05.01.13 at 10:53 pm }


4 Annie K { 05.02.13 at 12:15 am }

Et tu, Mary? I guess that’s it, I’m going to have to actually learn how to do this now, all the cool kids are doing it.

5 Jessica B { 05.02.13 at 3:06 am }

Heeyy!!! I swore I would never get into paper piecing, that it was too persnickity for me, but then my guild challenged us to make a paper pieced 2 1/2″ log cabin block. While I didn’t exactly love that pattern, I did enjoy the process, and have started working on a diamond quilt made entirely of paper pieced blocks…

6 Vicki Holloway { 05.02.13 at 8:20 pm }

it is one of my favorite methods of piecing…. love your garbage!

7 Kathi L { 05.03.13 at 9:48 pm }

heeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Mary I fell in love with paper piecing working on the Pineapple Salsa quilt. First block…umm, not so much…but the end of the 3rd block…I was hooked!

8 ChristaQuilts { 05.04.13 at 3:34 am }

I used to be a paper-piecer hater too until I got the right tools! It makes all the difference. Heeeeey!!

9 Grace { 05.06.13 at 6:50 pm }

That’s a LOT of garbage, no? I can’t get into the idea of such a wasteful prcess no matter what the results are.
But I’m a beginner who prefers wicked easy modular designs to as to use up every last scrap of fabric.

10 Claja99 { 05.10.13 at 3:17 am }

Grace, it doesn’t have to be wasteful. Use old telephone book pages. They are lightweight and tear away easily… Consider it home recycling. LOL!

11 Jackie Walton { 05.11.13 at 10:43 am }

Paper piecing is fun for something different to do – I enjoy it!

12 Jan { 05.12.13 at 9:20 pm }

Hey, I myself also just learned how to paper piece, and me too, I love it!. It is so messy, but you do not waste fabric and and I llov e the trimming. jan

13 Emily { 05.13.13 at 1:45 am }

I adore paper piecing! :) I’m glad you’re starting to love it too!

14 Jan Wolf { 05.15.13 at 6:11 am }

I agree with Grace. The paper is recyclable but trimming away half of the fabric used in unusable bits is too wasteful for me!

15 jan Hill { 05.29.13 at 12:10 am }

Thanks Mary – I loved my box of jazz.! Thankyou so much. Love and can use everything in my boooooox……Love our quilty.

16 Pam W { 06.21.13 at 5:45 pm }

It takes a truly creative person to appreciate the artistry in the garbage a craft can create. I hope the paper pattern was that creative too!! Love your shows.

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