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Thread: paper piecing - union jack - Frustrated

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    Junior Member ukmuminusa's Avatar
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    Thanks ladies, I think I will try something a little easier, and it is the block that everyone is posting so maybe just a little too confusing for me at the moment. I will try again when I have had a go at something else THANK YOU ALL

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    What a helpful bunch you are. I've bookmarked the paper-piecing tute. Many thanks.

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    Junior Member ukmuminusa's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by happyscrappy
    ok, i saw the block, it doesn't seem to look difficult. maybe you just need to take a break. if you live near west allis, i might be able to help you out!
    I don't but thanks for the offer

    :-D

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    Try Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Pineapple, Square in Square, or Kansas Dugout first. When you get those--it is much easier to make the jump to the odd shaped triangles. Those still get me on the brain fog days so I will cut up a foundation and glue it to the fabric and cut at least 3/8" around it. I hate wasting fabric but if that method fails; I'll cut a good size chunk and slap it on! That is my absolute last resort, though. If that fails--I go do something else or pick a different block.

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    Junior Member ukmuminusa's Avatar
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    Beverley, I think my brain just can't handle the backwards thing, I just get so confused!!!! thanks for the tips on things to start off with, I think I will have a play at the weekend when I have more time to figure things out

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    I prefer to use a really thin paper that I can see the line on both sides. I also crease all the lines before I sew. When I first started, I even wrote all the numbers down on the "flip" side. And, I still glue the first piece down and occasionally glue other pieces on the seam line before flipping to sew so that they don't fold up or move on me. I know some of the tutorials actually pin the fabric to the paper but my sewing machine loves to eat pins so I avoid them and most definitely will not put them where I can't keep an eye on them. I've had to fish them back out of my sewing machines' gullets more than once and I don't want to do it any more!

    I found the Kansas Dugout/Hole in the Barn Door pattern most helpful when I was learning. Log Cabin will still mess me up with the light/dark changes unless I do it one block at a time which really slows the process down but with paper-piecing, speed isn't what you're going for anyway.

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    I took a one-day class in paper piecing. It didn't take all day to get the hang of it and the time was well spent because once you get it, you've got it.
    If you can find someone to spend some time with you, it will be time well spent.

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    I also make a habit of writing the colors on the paper piece.

    Post your success story when you've had that "I love pp'ing!!!" moment.

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    OK ladies look what I did (doing the happy dance) I made a mistake and did not cut my fabric big enough on one piece so I have a little hole in it, but this was my first go at paper pieceing, I should have tried something easier to start off with but I am so impatient LOL Just wanted to share
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    Great job! Paper piecing takes a little while to get the hang of, but some blocks there really is no other way. Practice is the key.

    Love your colors, by the way!

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