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Thread: I don't get what the 'reciept' is for when making string quilts

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    Super Member Peckish's Avatar
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    Wow, very confusing. I'd never heard of using receipts. I have heard of using phone book papers or newspapers.

    I don't make my string quilts with foundations. I cut strips across the width of the fabric, piece the strips together, then cut triangles. However, if you're trying to use oddly shaped pieces from your stash, this method won't work.

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    I have used telephone book pages same as your grandma did. I also folded one end over to make a square. This gives the 'pattern ' to shoot for. Then when it's full, turn it over and rotary cut along the page. Magic!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teddybear Lady View Post
    I think maybe she is talking about the cash register receipt rolls. I read somewhere that you could use these, then cut the excess off the edges and you would have a straight strip. My grandma and great grandma used pages out of the Sears catalog. Folded one end over to make a square then cut off the excess. Made the perfect block for sewing your strips to. I remember sewing these for them when I was a kid. I've used paper, muslin, scrap fabric (ugly) haha and interfacing scraps.

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    I use adding machine paper....it is easier to sew small strips together....you just have to cut the sides even when you have a whole roll finished ...got the idea on th QB...i`ve done quite a few quilts this way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette View Post
    I use adding machine paper....it is easier to sew small strips together....you just have to cut the sides even when you have a whole roll finished ...got the idea on th QB...i`ve done quite a few quilts this way...
    How cool that is! love your quilts! I am just sewing strips together using a square of cheap muslim but I've got bored and didn't put a quilt together. I found your method more versatile to create a quilt.
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    I still use NEWSPAPER for my foundation on my scrappy quilts. It sure helps me use up all different sizes of scraps.
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    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)
    ok finally someone else who is on my side.. lol... ok ladies we just 'don't get it' also can you plz answer the second question also about sewing the small crumb pieces..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)
    You tear the paper off after you have finished your block or strip. It's like paper piecing. At least, that's what I do.

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    If you try to sew lots of small horizontal fabric pieces together, you are going to find it hard to get a straight strip to use. You either end up with a curving strip that won't lay flat or one that veers left or right. The foundation keeps it going straight and you trim the edges back to the paper edge. You sew with a small stitch length so that the paper is easy to tear off AFTER you sew the strips in a quilt top. You tear them after sewing them in so that you don't pull out any of the edge stitches. This is a great way to use up lots of small scraps.

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    WOW - that is a great method. Thanks for the into. Perhaps I will use that for piano key borders, as I seem to have trouble with those!

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