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Thread: Foundation piecing is too hard for me

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    Sorry, but I think pre-perforating the paper (per the Craftsy instructions) is a complete waste of time!! You do the exact same thing when you lower your stitch length and sew the darn pieces together. The paper comes off fine.

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    I saw Marci Baker the other evening. loved her quilts and books and rulers, etc.

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    Foundation piecing is no pattern needed on paper, paper piecing is pattern printed on paper. Carol Doak's dvd was the only way I could learn how to paper piece. She goes step by step, no short cuts and you see every cut and stitch. I don't know how anyone learns paper piecing by a book, the pictures doesn't show enough.
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    This is paper piecing because the pattern is printed on the paper. She called it foundation piecing but I knew it was paper piecing. I am going to check out Carol Doak's and see if I can get encouraged by her. I've done 19 blocks so far, (19th being the paper pieced one) and have one last one to go. Seem to can't find the encouragement to try it again. So, I will look into her. Thank you all so much. Especially saying how much you enjoy it now. Makes me think there is hope. I've always wanted to try it! Thanks again!
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    Sent you a PM. I have a Carol Doak video on CD that I will send to you!!!
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    Don't give up... just take a break and come back to it. You may see it with fresh eyes after a break.

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    I've done paper-piecing off and on for years and each time I try another block, its time consuming. For me its the backwards thing that throws me off. I persevere and after a few pieces I'm in the swing again.
    Cut your fabric pieces about an inch larger all around to be sure you don't get short on an outside edge. A little waste is better than doing it over.
    Just remember, its a given. It takes longer than a regular pieced block but its usually very beautiful when finished so worth the extra effort.
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    Don't give up! Once you get the hang of it, you will love it!!!

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    You will have beautiful points!!! I can't do a log cabin block or courthouse steps without paper piecing them. Otherwise, they become WONKY log cabin blocks!!!
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
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    I never got the hang of paper piecing. I took a class on using frezzer paper for paperles paper piecing that I love. I think they have a book out on it now. You iron the wrong side of the piece of fabric to the paper pattern and fold back the extra paper along the line and use the 1/4 trim ruler to give you the seam allowance for the next piece. Hard to explain but boy it was a lightbulb moment for me. I loved it. Keep trying until you find a method that works for you.

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