The first thing I do is copy my patterns. Then I trace them with a sharpie, so I can see through on the opposite side. So, your pattern looks like this:
Now I flip the paper over and trace with a pencil. Now I can see my lines on both sides of the paper.
One of the best things about a paper pieced block is it doesn't take a lot of fabric. These can be great stash busters. So, let's get started.
You will notice on the pattern, that you can find here, that there are numbers. You piece in this order. Let's call this sewing by number, like we used to paint by number. Take a piece of fabric and lay the wrong side of fabric against the wrong side of the paper, so that the right side of fabric is facing you. I also mark this side telling me it is the fabric side. Because it is mirror image, I put my numbers on this side as well. So, for this pattern, 1 is the center, then 2 will be where 3 is on the front, and 3 is where the 2 is. I don't worry about 4 - 7 as they are just in white and each corner has a triangle.
Lay against spot that has the number 1 and make sure it extends 1/4 inch. It can be a bit bigger, but no smaller. Now you will lay fabric number 2 on top of number 1, still matching your numbers, and having right sides together. At this point, I stick a pin in there, and fold over where the seam is, just to make sure I have it right.
|Pieces for 1 and 2 laid on top of each other.|
|Stitching numbers 1 and 2|
Now it is time for trimming that seam you just sewed. Fold the paper backing on the seam you just stitched and trim at a 1/4". I just use a small ruler for this.
Now, you will repeat the same steps, going in numerical order. When you are finished, your block should look like this:
Now, go ahead and trim around the block. Your block should measure 6". You are done. How easy was that?
SOME ADDITIONAL HINTS THAT HAVE HELPED ME:
Make a master showing what colors you want where.
Make one complete block to make sure you know what the layout will be. Put it close to where you are working so you know where your colors are going to be.
I like to do a good amount first if I need several blocks before trimming. So, pin pieces already sewn, so they are out of the way.
Some patterns will have more numbers than this, just go in numerical order. Some will also have "A1" "B1" etc. Start with "a" first and then continue on.
I hope this tutorial has been helpful for you. Please let me know if you have tried it. I have to apologize for the pictures with spots on. I have dropped my phone a few times, and that is the only camera I have right now.