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Thread: Converting regular block patterns into Foundation paper pieced patterns

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    I find I really like foundation paper piecing, and I would like to try to convert some of the regular patterns into paper pieced ones. I have read a few things on the Net, but am still a bit confused. Can any one of you talented members make any suggestions?

    Also, I have some foundation paper pieced patterns for blocks, but would like to look at or try some more. Once again, any suggestions for sites, or ideas would be most welcome.


    I have looked at some of the Blocks of the Month, but it is hard to know which ones are paper pieced without going into each entry individually. Is there a quick trick to find out which are paper pieced?

    Thanks

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    Here is a wonderful site with a lot of free pp patterns. Scroll down for the ones featured at this time the rest are all in the alphabetized listings, they will list beside the blocks name if they are paper pieced or not.

    You would be surprised how many free patterns are available, google:free paper pieced quilt patterns or free foundation pieced quilt patterns.

    I have the Electric Quilt Program, and I can print out paper pieced patterns as an option to any of the blocks in the program or the ones I draw in this program. It is a little spendy but it is quite worth it to me. There may even be less expensive programs out there that will offer this same option.

    You can also use graph paper to draw out the blocks, and then scrutinize how best it would be separated, to make it work best for a pp design. Ex: If a block has a total of 16 smaller blocks 4 per row, you would draw out the block in 4 separate rows, going vertical or horizontal, which ever way works out best. Some blocks you may want to piece them by disecting it diagonally, then disect it again diagonally. There are a lot of vaiables, I would suggest maybe buying a book on this subject, one with alot of examples.

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    If you look at this block and draw it out on paper, it would work great pp. Start with the red center, add the beige pieces, then the brown ones ending with the big triangles... Or on a similar block, you would draw out the diagonal portion, and then the two triangle pieces (if they were pieced, instead of whole)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/20731.page

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    Carol Doak is a premier paper piecer. She's published oodles of books and patterns. Many of them are available on CD. She offer nice free patterns at her website and an article on designing you own pp patterns. a friend of mine joined her free forum, too, and loves it.

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php


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    you could just draw them yourself on the paper/foundation or you could draw them in the computer and print them out.

    i use EQ or corel draw to design my patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    Carol Doak is a premier paper piecer. She's published oodles of books and patterns. Many of them are available on CD. She offer nice free patterns at her website and an article on designing you own pp patterns. a friend of mine joined her free forum, too, and loves it.

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    Thanks, Patrice! What a great site. I, too, enjoy paper piecing, but have not had much luck fnd a variety of patterns. I learned with Carol Doak's "How To" basic book, but never gave a thought to visit her website. Lots of great (free) patterns to pick from. I'm like a kid in a candy store. I think I'll join the free forum, too. Thanks, again ~ Nita

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