Everyone knows that Alex loves using pins for accuracy when it comes to perfect piecing the in traditional quilting. But did you know that this is also the case when it comes to her paper piecing?
In her book Paper Piecing, Alex says that pinning for accuracy is just as important to her as traditional piecing. The only difference is that you are pinning through fabric and paper at the same time.
To align seams when sewing paper-pieced units together, insert a pin no more than 1/8" away on each side of the seam.
When sewing a block, such as the Kaleidoscope block, more care needs to be taken:
- Insert the first pin from the back of the one half of the block (exactly into the intersection). Push the head of the pin firmly into both intersections.
- While holding the first pin tightly in place vertically, put the second and third pins on each side of the intersection no more than 1/8" from the first pin.
- Let the first pin dangle loosely. As you approach the intersection, remove the first pin at the last possible second, letting your sewing machine needle go into the same hole.