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Thread: Paper piecing hints and patterns

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    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
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    I've been intrigued with paper piecing and have been expermenting with it a lot lately, and with pretty good results! There are a few things I've learned:
    1) it makes the trash can fill up quickly with paper and little scraps
    2) you can't squeeze a piece to fit - just doesn't work
    3)tearing out mistakes is not fun
    4)it makes fantastic little points and odd angles look easy
    5) practice makes easier
    6) probably takes more fabric scraps than regularly shaped squares
    7) I'm going to keep on practicing.

    I found this web site that has some good ideas.
    http://www.geocities.com/pcpiecers/
    Sara

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    Here is my experiments on paper piecing this AM. The process is coming together in my head. I like it. The center points on the left block gave me fits, and I finally gave up and will try it again - after learning what I did wrong! The twist on the right was a snap. These scraps are the same ones I made Beaufords BEauty for the BOM this month from also. Sara

    The star on the left had problems with the center (because I cut it too close). The twist on the right was much easier.
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    I think that you did a wonderful job. I have not tried pp yet but it is on my some day list. Thanks for sharing.

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    Those turned out really good sara. Yay you!!! :D
    I think you were right on in your list of things you learned too.

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    Right on!!! You'll soon be a paperpiecing addict like some of the rest of us! Good job! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Sara,
    Those are nice.
    Thanks for sharing what you've learned. I haven't tried PPing (LOL) yet.

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    Awesome job, love those blocks! You did a real good job on them!!! I also think you are right about paper piecing being easier when making points. I am hooked now, too LOL. Thanks too, for the link, I will browse it too!! I made the mistake of not shortening my stitches enough and about went blind picking out the paper, my right hand still is yelling at me for that :cry:

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    Yeah, they don't really make seam rippers small enough for paper piecing. I think your blocks are both nice and thanks for the link, I'll read it top to bottom.

    I'm looking over blocks today to see what I can do for practice. :D

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    Steve, I've been known to use my small (gasp!) rotary cutter when I had to take out pping seams. You really have to go slow, but it still seems faster than trying to use a seam ripper. I HATE taking out those tiny stitches, but alas, I goof up all the time, so I have plenty of practice. LOL

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    Sara,

    Great job on the paper piecing blocks. Stick with it. It will get easier as you get more familiar with the whole process. You are off to a great start here.

    Carol Doak recommends using the rotary cutter, or the Olfa Rotary Point Cutter #TEC-1, which works evern better to remove those tiny stitches when you have to rip out.

    Grace

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