How to Paper-Piece (Part 1)

Quilty | Paper-Piecing Basics, Part I | Episode 142

Mary explains how to make a paper-pieced block and why paper-piecing is great for so many projects. Check out countless paper pieced quilt patterns in Fons & Porter’s Best of Paper Pieced or look at the Times Square pattern.  And make sure you have paper! Be sure to watch Part 2 of this episode. For more quilting tips and techniques pick up Quilty magazine or watch more Quilty episodes at!



  1. Eager to learn part 2 of paper piecing!

    Diane Doiron, 3 years ago Reply

    • Will be waiting patiently for part 2 !!! Thanks to Quilty ,I have enjoyed all of the episodes.

      DeLee, 3 years ago Reply

  2. Paper Piecing is my favorite thing to do. Love, Love, Love it.

    Julie Hallquist, 3 years ago Reply

  3. Looking forward to part 2. However, sometime could you do a show on paper piecing for a strip type quilt block. Thanks. Love your show. Never miss them.

    Pat Carter, 3 years ago Reply

  4. Where can I find the pattern for this paper piecing block so that I can sew along with the next episode? I love the wonkiness of that pattern. It will make an intriguing quilt.

    Mary Jane Cardwell, 3 years ago Reply

  5. AGHHH!!! Is it almost time for part 2?? I can’t wait!

    Gail Muller, 3 years ago Reply

  6. Yes really looking forward to learning this technique!!!

    Dorothy, 3 years ago Reply

  7. Great job explaining, Mary! I have done lots of foundation piecing, graduating from large pieces to tiny ones, and you make it easy to explain to my beginning students. Thanks

    Jane McKay, 3 years ago Reply

  8. One of the important things about paper piecing that I found out the hard way, was to be sure of the accuracy of your foundation pattern, especially if you hand trace the pattern. I did a F&P small pinwheel wall hanging where you had to sew small sections together, and I learned that my pattern was off just a smidge and that lead to nothing but frustration. When I corrected the error, it was a breeze :)

    Barb Schafer, 3 years ago Reply

  9. eager for part 2!!!!!

    Janet Thurman, 3 years ago Reply

  10. sooooo happy you are doing this…I have been wanting to take a class on this and here you give it to me….Mary,love how you explain the techincal part too….that helps me remember why I am doing it….excited to learn more

    Christine, 3 years ago Reply

  11. Talk about a cliff hanger, can’t wait till next week to see the next part. The finished block looks good and I always wanted to learn how to do this.

    PJ, 3 years ago Reply

  12. already looking for part 2

    Bettie Johnson, 3 years ago Reply

  13. This is awsome – always wondered how it was done! can hardly wait for next week.

    Nadine, 3 years ago Reply

  14. I can’t wait till part 2. I always wanted to paper piceing thank you.

    Phyllis, 3 years ago Reply

  15. Can’t wait! Especially since I have a new sewing machine to break in.

    Linda, 3 years ago Reply

  16. I always looking forward to your episodes! Thank you!!!

    Suzanne, 3 years ago Reply

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