Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: Help! Is there an easy way to remove paper from paper pieced project??

  1. #1
    Super Member nhweaver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Delmarva Peninsula
    Posts
    1,167
    Blog Entries
    1

    Help! Is there an easy way to remove paper from paper pieced project??

    I joined the 2012 UFO thread and decided to start last night. Started with the smallest project, a wall paper pieced wall hanging started in a paper piecing class in the spring. It is small Christmas trees on a black background, so I thought it would be the one to finish first. Well, OMG, now I know why my "little" paper piece wall hanging is a UFO. All those little bitty paper pieces to remove, ugh!! I will finish it, I will finish it, I will finish it, but I need help. Are there any hints to remove itsy bitsy paper pieces? Please???? The Christmas trees are only 3 1/2" high, teeny, tiny, pieces.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

  2. #2
    Super Member Just Me...'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,908
    A cuticle stick along the stitching works wonders! Or, you can lay a damp towel on the project to make it easier to remove the paper....
    http://www.appalachianquilts.blogspot.com
    http://www.quiltweb.net

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Southern Indiana
    Posts
    4,529
    Dont know if this will help now, but before I sew the papers I poke a hole in them with a needle. Gives you something to geta hold of after they are sewn. I also set my stitch link to about 1.5 The needle perforates the papers more and they almost fall out. Hope this helps. Merry Christmas!

  4. #4
    Super Member jitkaau's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,985
    The easiest way is to make sure your stitches are smaller than usual so that they perforate the paper easily. I score the back with a stylus and then rip it out from there.

  5. #5
    Super Member hobbykat1955's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    NY
    Posts
    2,635
    some people use the washable paper...find it at Joann's but expensive use coupon. some use tracing paper and put that thru copy machine, I haven't tried that yet. I use regular photo paper and don't have a problem if I use the 1.5 stitch

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    New York City/Manhattan
    Posts
    1,274
    If you've pieced the entire top, you can pull and jiggle the top and that loosens the little pieces. Or, sit in front of the TV with a trash bucket in front of you and as you watch, peel the pieces. There doesn't seem to be a really quick and easy way. I find though that having perfect points makes it worthwhile. the time I've saved in not having to readjust and re-sew is spent removing paper. It's a trade-off, I guess.

  7. #7
    Super Member HisPatchwork's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Georgia, USA
    Posts
    1,208
    Blog Entries
    1
    Next time you could use a light interfacing instead of paper, then you don't have to remove it.
    HisPatchwork

  8. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    4
    Give it to your hubby?

  9. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    167
    Quote Originally Posted by qwltcrazy View Post
    Give it to your hubby?
    Or one of your kids!! Actually, the other ideas are good. I also use a pair of tweezers that are made to remove slivers, I believe - they have a pointy tip.

  10. #10
    Member Quiltlove's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    96
    It sounds like you used regular paper for the piecing. Take a Q-tip, dip it in water and run it along all the seams. Then in a few minutes the paper will be easier to remove with tweezers in hand. Good luck to you. I am sure you wall hanging is worth the trouble.
    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.