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Thread: I need help with English Paper piecing!!

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    a regular here patty04's Avatar
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    I have my small piece put together but now I need to know how to finish it - as far as the batting and backing go,
    Thank you so much in advance.

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    Do you still have the papers in it? You do have to remove the papers before creating the quilt sandwich.

    The techniques for layering the quilt sandwich are the same as for other quilts. I prefer 100% cotton batting for my quilts (Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon) because it seems to get softer in every wash; however, this is a personal choice. Batting choices also depend a lot on how closely you plan to quilt, whether you plan to hand quilt or machine quilt, or whether you want to tie. How big is your quilt top? You might prefer a different batting for a wall hanging than you would for a quilt that will be used on a bed.

    I prefer spray basting to create the quilt sandwich. If you do a search on spray basting, you will find threads that explain how to do it. Other methods of basting include pinning, hand basting with thread, tacking, and machine basting with dissolving thread.

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    Good reply Prism99. I agree. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Do you still have the papers in it? You do have to remove the papers before creating the quilt sandwich.

    The techniques for layering the quilt sandwich are the same as for other quilts. I prefer 100% cotton batting for my quilts (Mountain Mist Blue Ribbon) because it seems to get softer in every wash; however, this is a personal choice. Batting choices also depend a lot on how closely you plan to quilt, whether you plan to hand quilt or machine quilt, or whether you want to tie. How big is your quilt top? You might prefer a different batting for a wall hanging than you would for a quilt that will be used on a bed.

    I prefer spray basting to create the quilt sandwich. If you do a search on spray basting, you will find threads that explain how to do it. Other methods of basting include pinning, hand basting with thread, tacking, and machine basting with dissolving thread.
    I just made a little table matt because it was my first try at English Paper Piecing - I took all the papers out except for the outer edge, I guess I am confused about putting the sandwhich together because I don't know how to close it - do I put binding around all the different angles (they are hex's )? thank you

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    When I did mine, I hand sewed the backing on, sewed very carefully to the hexagon sides that were the most inner, and went through the hexagons that stuck out. When all was done, I tied from the back.

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    have fun with your english paper piecing

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    Quote Originally Posted by patty04
    I just made a little table matt because it was my first try at English Paper Piecing - I took all the papers out except for the outer edge, I guess I am confused about putting the sandwhich together because I don't know how to close it - do I put binding around all the different angles (they are hex's )? thank you
    Hexagon edges require specialized treatment because of all the angles.

    One way to finish it is to place a border fabric under the edge and applique the turned-under hexagon edges to the border fabric. The border itself will have a straight edge, so that you can layer it and bind it as usual.

    You could probably leave the paper pieces in while appliqueing to a border, whether appliqueing by hand or machine. (Remove paper before layering the sandwich.)

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