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Thread: How hard is paper piecing?

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    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
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    How hard is paper piecing?

    One of the local quilt shops is offering a 2 session class to make a Mariner's Compass quilt. It says it's paper piecing and I wondered how hard that would be for someone who has never done it. Would this class be too advanced for a beginner? A Mariner's Compass is one of the quilts I would love to make.
    Heather

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    Paper piecing is not hard. I learned to paper piece from a magazine pattern not long after I had started quilting. You'll get very precise results and the Mariner's Compass will come out beautiful.

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    This reminds me of my grandmother, who never learned to swim because her mother said to stay out of the water if you don't know how to swim. I'm 99% sure the class will teach you everything you need to know about paper piecing, and it's not that hard. Just to be sure, you could ask at the shop whether the instructions will be geared toward someone who already knows how to PP. If so, look for a beginning class, but by all means go for it. Once you understand the concept, it's lots of fun. Some people also like Carol Doak's books, but I learned in a class, so I haven't read her books.

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    I find paper piecing very easy, and the results are amazing! It's also one of those skills that's probably much easier to learn in a hands on class. I would go for it!
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    I am a self taught paper piecer, and with the help of YouTube I have accomplished great things! It's fun and rewarding, so go for it.

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    I absolutely Love paper piecing! First time I tried it I thought "this is not for me!" then......light bulb moment on the second try! Now it's my favorite, and carol Doak has wonderful books and cd's.

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    Go for it. Paper piecing is an easy way to make perfect points on your work. The class will make it easier than doing it by yourself.

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    Many newbie quilters start with paper piecing. For a reason: your finished product comes out wonderful!

    Start with whatever size interests you. Know that you will finish something small quicker but if you have your heart set on something bigger then go for it. Larger will take longer but is well worth it.

    Enjoy the process.

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    Go for it, the class should teach you everything you need to know, I'm sure you will be hooked
    The biggest risk is the one not taken

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    Thanks! I think I'll call the quilt shop this week and sign up for the class. It's not until February, so I have a little time
    Heather

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