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Thread: 1 JULY 2012 BOM pattern & direction's.

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    I want to encourage anyone who is skeptical about trying paper piecing to give it a whirl. Paper piecing like any other quilting technique takes some practice and study{watching several different tutorials}. Many beginner quilters have mentioned that they actually found paper piecing easier than regular piecing. Especially with making geometric designs. These are some of the main points that were most helpful to me as I have been learning to paper piece.

    Paper - The best I have found so far is to just use the regular copy paper we all use in our printers. The lower grades of copy paper work the best.

    Small Stitches - Also you want to use small stitches. This perforates the paper making it very easy to tear away.

    Crease - Normally I just fold back the paper once and crease with my finger nail. It then tears away very easily.

    Draw in your 1/4 inch seam - If the 1/4 in outline is not drawn in on the pattern then make sure to draw it. This helps a lot to align your separate Paper pieced units.

    Use a pin- Several tutorials on the web will show you to stick a straight pin down in the corners of each of your pieces to help match up your seams.

    Fabric - The problem I run into most often Is I cut my squares or angles of fabrics too small for the section it is to cover as I am always trying to minimize waste of fabric use. This often gets me into trouble with Paper Piecing. What I have had most success with is measuring the section and then I cut a square or rectangle a half inch larger on all sides to use.

    Use a light - Also I find it very helpful to hold the section I am working on up to the light and let the fabric lay over the section I'm working on to ensure it completely covers the area. This also helps me gauge where to lay my fabric for my quarter inch seam.

    All of these things I shared are also mentioned in the numerous tutorials available on YouTube and also in the Tutorial Section of this Quilting Board. I would also suggest to make a practice square first using scraps of fabrics. Then once you have made the square and figured out the lay of the pattern and sewing it together. Then use your selected fabric and make the square for your project. Tuck away all of your practice squares as you go along and when you have enough to make a small quilt you can stitch them together and donate it to the homeless or other organization. Just a thought.

    Passing on what has been shared with me on this quilting board.

    Im still waiting on Patrice to get the ok for the QAYG challenge. This is a link to my Facebook Albums I have been sharing with others as I have been learning the technique. http://www.facebook.com/media/albums...00000998974673

    Have a great day....everyone. Good thing I have so many projects going.. or I would be nagging Sulabug for more clues... Like possible fabrics... Hmm Florals...More Patriotics? Hmm we can only guess....
    Last edited by Jenniky; 07-28-2012 at 03:58 AM.
    Have an awesome day!

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    I won't be here at the beginning of the month for my BOM's so I'll be trying to catch up after I get back from vacation, and I'll be anxious to see what everyone has done.

    Jenniky...your tips on PP are great. Two years ago I didn't even know what paper piecing was....now I've already taught a class at my quilt club. I love to paper piece. Just one more tip...take your time, its not going anywhere, and better to do it correctly the first time, because they are buggers to rip out. If I blow it, I just start over. But fortunately, haven't done that lately.

    See you when I get back.
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    I found this video most helpful when I learned to Paper Piece. I am one that just learned around 2 years ago too!


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2gKMx9CCM&feature=g-user-u
    "You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."

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    It's time for another clue for the August Block!! Think warm color's for August. This should give you a good idea, I hope!!
    If you see someone without a SMILE, please give them one of yours!!

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    Thank you Jenniky for the refresher tips ..... I really like the points and angles achieved with pp... the finished look of a pp block is so nice. August is near..

    Judy in Phx, AZ

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    oh my, I so need to catch up. I thought I'd be able to this weekend, but nope, did not get to.
    Enjoy the day, Chickadee_42us

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickadee_42us View Post
    oh my, I so need to catch up. I thought I'd be able to this weekend, but nope, did not get to.
    Don't worry chickadee, you can take all of the time you need to get your blocks finished. Just keep working away on them, whenever you can. I know you can do it!!
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    Good Morning everyone, how are we all doing today with our July block's? It will be time to post the August block before to long. I can hardly wait, I know you are going to love it, too!!
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    Thanks Linda. I appreciate you taking time to help a new Quilting Board member. Aren't quilters just the greatest group of people you know?

    Let me know if I can ever help you with something.

    Rose Marie

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    I love all things Patriotic and this is a beautiful addition to my collection of patterns.

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    I have been working up to paper piecing so here we go. I'm ready!
    MELODY MO/KS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melody MO/KS View Post
    I have been working up to paper piecing so here we go. I'm ready!
    Melody.............Thank you for keeping us posted today. I just know that you will be able to paper piece & it will be much easier than you think. I can't wait to see your block picture when it's done. Good Luck & do keep us posted!!
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    I've gone back to work full time and have missed being active with this site and activities. Just happened upon your post and love this block too. Is there a chance to find all the previous blocks at one place, or do i need to scroll through the posts from January 2012? This is a project I can do at my speed and in the evenings... just what i'm wanting to get sewing again... thanks for your ideas on getting caught up to speed! Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardner View Post
    I've gone back to work full time and have missed being active with this site and activities. Just happened upon your post and love this block too. Is there a chance to find all the previous blocks at one place, or do i need to scroll through the posts from January 2012? This is a project I can do at my speed and in the evenings... just what i'm wanting to get sewing again... thanks for your ideas on getting caught up to speed! Ann
    I am so glad that you have asked this question & want to join us in making all of these lovely blocks. We do not have a list of all of the posts in one thread, but you can scroll back through the year for the BOM pattern's. If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. We are always here to help you out. Good Luck!!
    If you see someone without a SMILE, please give them one of yours!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SulaBug View Post
    I am so glad that you have asked this question & want to join us in making all of these lovely blocks. We do not have a list of all of the posts in one thread, but you can scroll back through the year for the BOM pattern's. If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. We are always here to help you out. Good Luck!!

    THANK YOU

    I notice too that you are taking suggestions for 2013. It makes sense for me to continue to watch the end of this calendar block project and start up in 2013. I LOVE the jar blocks w/ all the fun fabrics too... what a hoot! Again, thank you for getting back to me and I'll keep watching for now... if indeed i do have time, i'll scroll back and capture some of the previous blocks in 2012.

    Ann

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