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Piecing by the Numbers

Count the ways to enjoy paper piecing once you learn how to quilt by number.


Almost Finished

When you’ve completed your block, you can stabilize it by spraying it with fabric finish or starch. Press and let it dry on your ironing board to avoid distortion. Trim the block and don’t forget to add a 1/4" seam allowance to the outside edges. Often it’s marked on the pattern but pay attention to which line you need to cut on. If you’ve used foundation paper, it helps to start in the center of the block to remove it. Spritzing the paper lightly with water will soften it and help in removal. Running a pin or the tip of a seam ripper along the stitching line makes the paper easier to remove, too. Avoid tugging, as it will loosen your stitches. If the paper won’t come out of a small area, use tweezers to gently pull it free. Many quilters feel it’s best to leave the paper in place until the blocks are joined together. Follow the direction in your project for the best results.