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Thread: why paper piecing

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    Hi everyone,

    I know there are quite a few on this board who do paper piecing. Because I was curious I picked up a book at the library by Carol Doak on paper piecing last night.

    What I wondered is what is paper piecing and why do it?

    Thanks

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    With paper piecing, it is possible to achieve perfect points/seams and very intricate patterns that could be almost impossible with regular piecing. It is a little difficult to grasp in the beginning, but when you finally have that "light bulb" moment, it can become highly addictive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    With paper piecing, it is possible to achieve perfect points/seams and very intricate patterns that could be almost impossible with regular piecing. It is a little difficult to grasp in the beginning, but when you finally have that "light bulb" moment, it can become highly addictive!
    That is what o was told too and there are some really sharp points that you just can't get when doing normal piecing

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    With paper piecing, it is possible to achieve perfect points/seams and very intricate patterns that could be almost impossible with regular piecing. It is a little difficult to grasp in the beginning, but when you finally have that "light bulb" moment, it can become highly addictive!
    Yes, I just downloaded a free pattern for corn on the cob that is 3 X 6 with 13 pieces.

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    Check out the pics of the house and star BOM here on the board.....there are some beautiful P/P blocks



    Quote Originally Posted by hsquiltingmom
    Hi everyone,

    I know there are quite a few on this board who do paper piecing. Because I was curious I picked up a book at the library by Carol Doak on paper piecing last night.

    What I wondered is what is paper piecing and why do it?

    Thanks

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    Extremely pointy points & you don't have to worry about bias edges because the paper stabilizes everything. Check out Judy Neimeyer and Karen Stone. Judy's quilts will blow your mind and Karen's are nothing to sneeze at, either.

    Jodie Davis has a whole bunch of different birds that are very realistic looking and Ula Lenz http://www.lenzula.com has a nice BOM going on now.

    There are also some incredible stained glass quilts done with paper piecing.

    It's kind of like painting by number. I think there is even a company called piece by number.

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    You are able to sew the smallest tiniest things, which otherwise would have been to difficult.

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    It allows you to piece precisely in ways that is almost impossible to achieve using more traditional methods. :D:D:D

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    It just makes all your points and seems dead on perfect! Once you get the hang of it, you'll be hooked!

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    for me, it's just a different way of quilting. I used English paper piecing method. I just need to get back to it & finish that top!

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