I've been saddened a few times this week by people telling me that they have given up on paper piecing after well meaning quilters have told them that they are doing it "the wrong way". This makes me so mad, because in my opinion there are very few "wrong" ways to paper piece but thousands and thousands of right ways to do it.
Do your seams pop because you use large stitches and place too much strain on the seams when you remove the paper?- Yup, you guessed it! You need to alter your technique.
Do you have a build up of fabric on the back of your quilt because you are too lazy to trim your seam allowances, then perhaps you need to rethink your methods as quilting your work of art will be no fun at all!
Here's the kicker though... Do you paper piece using a method that was taught to you by an expert, but you have to unpick almost as much as you sew? Then I would suggest that you need to alter your methods too.
The thing is, it is all about finding a method that works for you.
From Blank Pages immensely. She does amazing amazing paper piecing. I am constantly impressed with the beauty and precision of her work. She precuts her fabrics using cutting templates and every step of her process is accurate and precise. I WISH I could sew her way, but I can't! With the greatest respect in the world, it would drive me absolutely bonkers. I need to allow a lot more wiggle room and I am far more prone to making it up as I go along.
Does it mean that I am wrong- Absolutely not!
There are many other paper piecers, who paper piece using methods different to my own. I could go on to name them all and to analyse the differences between their technique and my own. But what would be the point?
We all do what works for us.
So lets all agree to disagree. Can we please encourage our fellow quilters rather than attacking them.
Yes, its good to help people improve their technique, but before you open your mouth, stop and think whether or not your advice is needed.
After all, quilting is supposed to be fun isn't it?!?
What about you? Have you been discouraged by well meaning advice?
(For those who are curious, the photos in this post are from another new pattern that is in the pipeline.)