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Square in a Square: Paper Piecing

March 17th, 2013 Posted in art, Crafts, Quilting

I really do love working with fabric and paper. I’m always on the look out for new inspirations to get me going. And I’m always trying to sneak away from my ‘life’ to make something new. You know, making sure the kids are doing their school, meals are made, laundry done, and the house is in some state of cleanliness.

Years ago I tried paper piecing an elephant with the plans to make an entire quilt with them for one of my children. I never got past the first elephant. I kept messing up and found paper piecing quite frustrating.

However, under the guidance of Kathy Wagner (instructor for miniature quilting) I once again attempted a paper piecing quilt project. I have to say it isn’t my favourite method because it’s so finicky. However, I appreciate it because of the resulting precision. So I will likely use it sparingly in my future work.

Mini Square in a Square paper piecing

2.5″x2.5″ Square in a Square Paper Piecing

Mini Square in a Square paper piecing (2.5"x2.5")

Detail of a single patch

Mini Square in a Square paper piecing

I also did some playing around with free-motion quilting. Nothing to lose and experience to gain.

Mini Square in a Square paper piecing

Here’s the finished result – a small table runner, approximately 21″x10″.



  1. One Response to “Square in a Square: Paper Piecing”

  2. By Diane on Apr 17, 2013

    Very pretty table runner, great idea.

    Regards diane

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