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    best way to learn paper piecing

    I'm interested in learning but don't know where to start. Any suggestions, including specific online sources, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    OOOh I love to paperpiece. the best thing to remember is the back of the fabric goes on the back of the paper. just start small with a square and four corners. then go from there. there are you tube things to show you how. you can take a piece of paper draw some lines and sew scrap material on it and piece them together. that will give you a good idea on how is works and some practice.
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    Have you looked at the videos on Youtube or tried the paper piecing class on Craftsy.com?

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    I absolutely love paper piecing and started by researching online tutorials and you tube videos, then practice w/scraps.

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    A little over a year ago, I would have said no way to PPing! Then I "wanted" to do it and started.

    I started with the simple tutorial on QuiltersCache.Com. Then moved on from there to doing some simple projects. Along the way, I read/watched/surfed all that I could find ... mostly from threads here on the QB.

    You'll find everyone there a lot of different techniques and everyone has their own style. What worked for me was just starting ... and then as I went, I picked up a bit here and there ... and have continued to do so.

    Rome wasn't built in a day. Initially I still hated it and gradually as I did more, I got my style and routine flowing and then I was right into it ........ and loving it!

    Good Luck!!!!!!!
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    try Carol Doak's site and take the free Introduction to Paper Piecing - great instructions
    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    Nancy in western NY

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    try Carol Doak's site and take the free Introduction to Paper Piecing - great instructions
    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    I agree .. if it was not for Carol Doaks instructions , I never would have gotten into paper piecing.. I just love it now. At first I could not wrap my brain around it. But decided take it step by step following her instructions , and wow .. I got it ! It goes slow , almost painfully , when you start , but once you "get it" it really gets faster !
    Note: start with a unit/block that only has a few pieces( maybe 4 or 5) till you "get" the process , then move onto more complex units/blocks.... and cut your fabric larger than recommended when learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    try Carol Doak's site and take the free Introduction to Paper Piecing - great instructions
    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    Thanks, but I'm confused... when I click on the link and then select Introduction To Paper Piecing

    there are no verbal instructions... just a picture of the paper diagram and some measurements...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssgirly View Post
    Thanks, but I'm confused... when I click on the link and then select Introduction To Paper Piecing

    there are no verbal instructions... just a picture of the paper diagram and some measurements...
    Here you go: http://www.caroldoak.com/weblog/?p=928
    Step by step how to.

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    Try this! Never have to rip off paper and can use a template many times!

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21
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