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    I'm back
    Ok for all you newbies to paper piecing, here is how I do it, you might find it useful, you may not, but I will share anyway
    I color my paper, then I mark the numbers in bold so I am not searching for which piece is next, and it is a lot easier when it is in your own handwriting, you recognise it quicker. Then I take the time to measure each piece, write it down and then cut accordingly, I don't cut with wild abandon but I am generous with my amounts, by about 1/2 inch. Not a lot of wastage.
    It is a lot less confusing for me if I have all the pieces cut and laid out before me
    I hope this has helped, now I am going to cut my pieces
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    It is definitely time for me to put my head on a pillow,,, if you are going to use my cutting for the first block #3 should be 1 3/4 x 4 3/4... Now I am walking away from the sewing room, this is me walking away stomp stomp stomp
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    LOL Mirabelle, hope you sleep well tonight
    Eat, quilt, sleep, repeat



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    Anael it is 11pm and I am still up, but I am about to turn off the lights and put my tired head on a pillow. Chat to you tomorrow. Just need to check the other chat first ok
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    No no no don't do that, otherwise it will be very late again before you go to sleep and tomorrow you won't know what you're saying
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    Hello all! Lots of neat tips and ideas. I thought I'd share my tip in case someone is like me here lol. I never had success with cutting triangles and points with a template for PP..it seems like you have to think more and be more precise when placing it on the paper and check to make sure it fits and the point is always giving me toruble. I have decided long ago that squares and rectangles is all I need to cut! I measure with a ruler every piece across the longest and widest parts and cut a a square/rectangle to that measurement plus 1/2 to 3/4". Works for me every time. And yes, there is more waste but I do a lot of crumbs and miniature piecing that they are not really waste to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael View Post
    Yes Jeanie, that's the way I do it. Most of the time (with these blocks anyway) you need to cut 8 pieces of the same template, 4 'normal' and 4 mirrored. I cut 4, turn the template on it's back and cut 4 more.

    Anael .... why are you making 4 mirrored copies? Are you mirroring 3 of the hexes for the block?

    I make 6 to sew to and 1 to cut to make templates. I don't mirror any of them. The one I cut has writing on it so I know which way is "up".

    BUT .. having just finished the "Log Cabin Cones" block I will say that I wish I HAD mirrored 3 of the blocks. Look at the sample of the block closely where the log cabin portion meets the neighboring block. Blue meets orange all the way around. After I made my block I was thinking it would have looked so much better if blue met blue for two blades, then orange met orange ... and so on. So for this block I WOULD suggest 3 mirrored copies.
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    Ok, I am totally going out of my comfort zone to try this. I have downloaded all blocks so far and printed out the Loosy Goosy one. Now off to the stash to pick fabric.

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    Oh, thank you Mirabelle, are you going to do this for the rest of the blocks??? I'm not a newbie you know...This will make is so much easier with the list of measurements...Yay for Mirabelle!!!! Remember the first FWS with me doing it for the rotary cutting??? I love these blocks and now I won't hesitate to start the first one so it's ready for the first week in September...You've done most of the work!!! Now I'm a happy camper!!!

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    Hi Everyone! I love paper piecing and when I saw this BOM today I decided to join in the fun! My two young Grandchildren will be going to school the week we start this so I then will have the free time to get back into my studio and begin sewing!! I am printing out all of the blocks. Taking time since we need six copies for each! Luckily I have paper piecing paper on hand. I will be shopping from my stash!
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    Hi NYGal!! We meet again. We did the boomerang 8 together. I still haven't put my blocks from that boom together into a quilt ... have you?
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    ok JeanieG, What's the official count so far???

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    Hi DogHouseMom, No I haven't done a thing with my blocks yet either. When I saw this BOM it really interested me. Glad we will be on this journey together!! Do you have any idea what fabrics or colors you will be using? I will look thru my stash this week and decide. I may have to go to the fabric shop for the background fabric what ever that will be. Decisions...decisions...decisions!!
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    THANKS Candi
    this makes sense to me! I could even cut squares or triangles and then trace the placement with the template and leave it uncut until sewn.... hmmm now my brain is workin

    Quote Originally Posted by candi View Post
    Hello all! Lots of neat tips and ideas. I thought I'd share my tip in case someone is like me here lol. I never had success with cutting triangles and points with a template for PP..it seems like you have to think more and be more precise when placing it on the paper and check to make sure it fits and the point is always giving me toruble. I have decided long ago that squares and rectangles is all I need to cut! I measure with a ruler every piece across the longest and widest parts and cut a a square/rectangle to that measurement plus 1/2 to 3/4". Works for me every time. And yes, there is more waste but I do a lot of crumbs and miniature piecing that they are not really waste to me
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    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedquilter40 View Post
    I love mine also I have the 6" one and the 12" one
    I have the 6" ruler and do love it for paper piecing. I think I will be ordering the 12" just to have on hand.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candi View Post
    Hello all! Lots of neat tips and ideas. I thought I'd share my tip in case someone is like me here lol. I never had success with cutting triangles and points with a template for PP..it seems like you have to think more and be more precise when placing it on the paper and check to make sure it fits and the point is always giving me toruble. I have decided long ago that squares and rectangles is all I need to cut! I measure with a ruler every piece across the longest and widest parts and cut a a square/rectangle to that measurement plus 1/2 to 3/4". Works for me every time. And yes, there is more waste but I do a lot of crumbs and miniature piecing that they are not really waste to me
    Hi Candi, I save all my little scraps but haven't done anything with the smallest pieces yet. When you say you do crumbs, is that the Bonnie Hunter thing? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillnjo View Post
    Well, I made one-half of the first block today! I love how it is coming together. It is lots of pieces per block. I decided to cut 6 of each piece (one for each section) at the same time and I numbered each stack of 6. I figured out the size and shape of each piece and then they were ready for the other 5 sections and they went together quickly! It seemed better than having to figure each shape on all six sections. Make any sense?
    I think that makes perfect sense!! I will plan to cut my pieces that and it will help with organization which is always a good thing!!
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    I have decided that I am going to make TWO of the Spikers, one scrappy and one in my first color choices. The scrappy will be my practice piecing and I will not stress over mistakes, LOL. Have not purchased the fabrics yet, but received an Email from Hancocks of Paducah and they are having a sale and I may go with Timeless Treasures Willow Petal fabrics.

    As a suggestion to the newbies, I also recommend the 1/4 inch ruler. I have both the six inch and twelve inch ruler. I know it sounds like a lot of work but I would also suggest doing a practice block before using your "good" fabric. It took me a long time to "wrap my brain" around paper piecing.
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    Okay I am going to use all Batiks. I really love those fabrics and vibrant colors and I have a lot in my stash. Just need to order a light background.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    I have the 6" ruler and do love it for paper piecing. I think I will be ordering the 12" just to have on hand.
    I had to by the 12" for a large paper peiced star wallhanging , but I seam to use that one the most.

    Still trying to decided on what to do have so much fabric need to use what I have. Because I just bought a new to me machine and now the fabric budget is pretty slim for awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nygal View Post
    Hi DogHouseMom, No I haven't done a thing with my blocks yet either. When I saw this BOM it really interested me. Glad we will be on this journey together!! Do you have any idea what fabrics or colors you will be using? I will look thru my stash this week and decide. I may have to go to the fabric shop for the background fabric what ever that will be. Decisions...decisions...decisions!!
    Yup. I posted a pic of my colors back on post #230 of this thread, basically cream to dark brown with an emphasis on the coppery colored middle hues, all have metallic gold embelishments. I finished one of the blocks yesterday as I wanted to see how my colors played together. Happy with the results, and with how it plays with the colors in the dining room.

    I will make each of the individual blocks into place mats for my dining table, and perhaps string 3 of them together for a table runner. I'm not adding the side pieces to make them rectangle, I'm leaving them as hexes.

    I haven't posted the block as I'll wait to do that when Honchey starts the individual threads for each block, then I'll post to the appropriate thread.
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    Welcome tusconquilter and nygal! We are happy to have you join our group. Honchey, I have 48 on my list, but I think that QuiltE had more. I have only listed those that have committed....not those that said they might join us. Guess we will find out the actual number come September. What fun!!!

    Mirabelle, thanks so much for the fabric sizes you posted for Design 1. That will be so helpful to everyone!
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    Cindy A, yes crumbs ala Bonnie Hunter lol. I love her
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honchey View Post
    Oh, thank you Mirabelle, are you going to do this for the rest of the blocks??? I'm not a newbie you know...This will make is so much easier with the list of measurements...Yay for Mirabelle!!!! Remember the first FWS with me doing it for the rotary cutting??? I love these blocks and now I won't hesitate to start the first one so it's ready for the first week in September...You've done most of the work!!! Now I'm a happy camper!!!

    If you would like me to do this I will, I will post Block#2 before the 3rd September and then at the end of each month I will post the next two blocks with the unit sizes to cut. Remember to keep any large pieces of fabric you may be able to use them elsewhere.

    Now I have to have breakfast
    Karen

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    Oh, Yes, Yes, Yes...

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