String Piecing on adding machine paper

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by , 08-09-2013 at 12:50 PM (3605 Views)
Quote Originally Posted by Sue Fish View Post
I have done miles and miles of the string piecing this way for borders, quilt blocks, etc...I use 3" wide paper and can when done, cut pieces for many many different patterns.
I like it sort of wonky rather than each piece cut exactly the same and sewn straight..but you can do either
I start with my paper in a box or in the pic you can see I use the thread holder...anything to keep it from rolling all over.
I cut my scraps anywhere from about 1" wide to 1 1/2" wide and about 3 1/2" long.
First you lay one piece right side up on the end of your paper...lay the next strip face down on that and sew as shown using 1/4" seam allowance.. Flip it back and finger press and then lay the next piece face down on that and repeat...I like to sew them at a little angle here and there to make them "wonky".....continue on as long as you like but I find normally I stopped at about 1 yard of the piecing and trimmed it as shown and then rolled it up and continued on...make sense?
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  1. judykay's Avatar
    I love strip piecing especially for scrap quilts, it is great to use up some of my smaller pieces that won't fit any place else. When I do my strip piecing I also not only do it like yours on the straight of grain but do diagonal piecing and sometimes crazy quilting. You can really come up with some neat designs and use some of your scrap pieces at the same time.
  2. judykay's Avatar
    I forgot to mention that I use old phone book pages, recycling and cost nothing to use. They can be cut into various widths or left as is, your choice.
  3. SandyWh's Avatar
    What a great idea.
  4. DustyroadsandSarah's Avatar
    I'm confused....do you leave the paper in place until you are ready to use it or tear it away when you use it for a project???
  5. Raine54RN's Avatar
    Also are you sewing right sides together? What is the purpose of the paper?stabilzation? I'm trying to learn and sometimes even when I read how to do something like the small piecing above I'm not sure why you are sewing it to the paper. I've seen entire blocks sewn to paper but I still don't get it. Suggestions?
  6. quiltnweave's Avatar
    How long of a piece to you use before ending and starting again. Doesn't it get rather cumbersome if you use one long piece?

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