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Thread: I need help and lots of it! Paper piecing (Barbsbus please don't look)

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    Senior Member magnolia's Avatar
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    Well, I made my first attempt at paper piecing for my swap partner this month, Barbsbus. I looked at a tutorial on youtube and chose a pattern. Well, somehow something went terribly wrong. Somehow I sewed over everything twice. I placed the fabric right side against the paper (like the video said). I had a feeling when I was doing it something wasn't right. I went ahead and finished it then took the paper off. Well, I can see ALL of the sewing lines and....you'll see the rest. Also, it was a two part template and I couldn't figure out how to join the two, although I tried. The block has not been squared up... I figured "what's the point!"
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    My thought, you started with a pattern that was too tough. Start way simpler and move on to something more difficult when you get comfortable with the process.

    Check out these videos they may be more clear for you.

    http://artisania.wordpress.com/2010/...ials-are-here/

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    Do you have any suggestions for a simpler pattern? Thanks.

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    When I did paper piecing, I always put the right side away from the paper..??? When you added the next piece it want with the 1st piece and the next one right sides together. Once it was sewn, the new piece was finger pressed open. You now have both right sides visible from one side and the paper on the other side. Don't know how to do it without showing you, sorry.

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    Ok, here is a link to a site that I think explains paper piecing very clearly and includes a practice page:

    http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQu...tingthree.html

    Here is a quilt that looks like it is a little easier:

    http://www.quilterscache.co/A/AlbumTwistBlock.html

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    When I did paper piecing, I always put the right side away from the paper..??? When you added the next piece it want with the 1st piece and the next one right sides together. Once it was sewn, the new piece was finger pressed open. You now have both right sides visible from one side and the paper on the other side. Don't know how to do it without showing you, sorry.
    After you said this I think I realize what I did wrong. I put the right side of the fabric to the back side of the paper. With the pattern on top. I think maybe I should have sewed in on the top of the paper in the way you mentioned nursie76. That would definitely make more sense than the way I did it. Haha, I'm still laughing at my attempt.
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    Opps! I didn't ask what size block you needed...the same site has lots of blocks, just check to see if they say "paper pieced" after the name.

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    Thank you for all the help!

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    Good luck! I love paper piecing...perfect points!

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