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For accuracy-the points are so crisp and sharp.
Paper piecing is to me like putting my head in a vice and tightening it! I did it once and thought I would go nuts. It is all individual. My sister-in-law absolutely loves it. HOWEVER, I am going to watch the tutorial that Linda sent and see if I can change my mind in the least bit
"Worry is about doing something you can do nothing about."
I have never paper-pieced, but it seems like it would be tedious and you need a lot of patience. Maybe that is why some people don't like it. I might like to try, I just dont know if I have the patience...maybe if I were making a small quilt.
Interesting. I wondered if anyone was of this opinion. I am mostly self-taught over the past 15-20 years. Eleanor Burns quilt-in-a-day books was my start. I have not done anything too fancy. I did start out with a rotary cutter, though. But, for years I did not even know what a bias was, it never even occurred to me to use starch or sizing, I was taught to always prewash, I never heard of precuts, etc.
I have been reading this board for a year ot two and have learned a lot! It is always fun to try different techniques to see if you like it. Right now I am experimenting with precuts, not prewashing, different battings, different basting methods, more modern patterns, etc.
Although, I must say, because of reading this board (which I love), I find myself stressing or questioning myself over a technique that has been working efficiently and well for me for years. I call it "information overload".
I agree with you about finishing a quilt accurately, simply, and efficiently as possible....having fun and enjoying the whole process.
Last edited by Denise S; 01-27-2012 at 12:26 PM.
Wow! http://www.silverliningsoriginals.com/ This website shows some really intricate quilts with small pieces. I can see how this level of piecing would need the paper piecing. It looks very challenging.
When paper piecing, you print the block pattern directly onto paper and then have to tear the paper off when your blocks are done. It is much easier to remove the paper if you use a size 14 sewing machine needle and a smaller stitch lengh (like 2.0).
When you foundation piece, you print the block pattern onto a foundation instead of paper. You can use muslin (backed by freezer paper so it will feed through your printer), or you can buy foundation sheets made by June Taylor from JoAnns. They are very lightweight and similar to dryer sheets -- and I always use a coupon of course! I have used both methods and very much prefer the foundation sheets. Besides mariner's compass, this method is also great for the Pineapple pattern!