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Thread: Anyone Ever Use Muslin or a Fabric for Paper Piecing???

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    Was wondering Has anyone ever used Muslin or Fabric as a replacement for Paper in Paper piecing??? I bought some Old Blocks and they have muslin in them and left in the quilt block,I'm gonna try this. I do the Longarm quilting but the piecing and especially PP is a Foreign Thing to Me!!!

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    I use very thin interfacing, and leave it in. It's much easier and has no effect on the finished blocks.

    The most common complaint about pp is having to remove the paper, so if you can skip that part, it's a breeze! :-)

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    i too prefer interfacing for foundation piecing over muslin - its lighter weight and i find the block is easier to handle. muslin can add a great deal of weight to a project.

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    You can use muslin and skip the batting.

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    Question - if you use interfacing - are you saying you trace the pattern on the interfacing? I'm confused! :?:

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    I had never heard of that method, but it would be great not to have to remove the paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    You can use muslin and skip the batting.
    wouldn't that be a very thin quilt and then when you quilt it you won't have the variations in depth from stitching since there isn't any batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Question - if you use interfacing - are you saying you trace the pattern on the interfacing? I'm confused! :?:
    yes i would trace the pattern onto the interfacing. i actually use interfacing more for applique than i do for paper piecing - i prefer vellum over interfacing when paper piecing.

    you can see thru vellum and it removes with ease.

    i use the interfacing when its non-traditional quilt fabric (basically anything that isn't 100% cotton) to help stabilize the fabric and prevent stretch and distortion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    You can use muslin and skip the batting.
    wouldn't that be a very thin quilt and then when you quilt it you won't have the variations in depth from stitching since there isn't any batting.
    It would be a very lightweight quilt. I've never done it that way, but some of the ladies in the quilt guild that I belong to make their summer quilts that way.

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    I did a BOM quilt that was almost entirely foundation piecing. The foundation is a thin muslin with the printed lines on it and it is not removed. It does make the quilt heavier so a thin batting is good with it.

    Also not recommended for hand quilting, obviously. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    You can use muslin and skip the batting.
    wouldn't that be a very thin quilt and then when you quilt it you won't have the variations in depth from stitching since there isn't any batting.
    It would be a very lightweight quilt. I've never done it that way, but some of the ladies in the quilt guild that I belong to make their summer quilts that way.
    well there you go - in all my years of quilting i've only made 2 quilts that have been meant to be slept with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    You can use muslin and skip the batting.
    wouldn't that be a very thin quilt and then when you quilt it you won't have the variations in depth from stitching since there isn't any batting.
    It would be a very lightweight quilt. I've never done it that way, but some of the ladies in the quilt guild that I belong to make their summer quilts that way.
    well there you go - in all my years of quilting i've only made 2 quilts that have been meant to be slept with.
    and I've only made 3 wallhangings - it's great how much diversity there is in quilting. :D I'm more into traditional quilting ,and I'm thinking you are more into art quilts. What type of quilting do you do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    You can use muslin and skip the batting.
    wouldn't that be a very thin quilt and then when you quilt it you won't have the variations in depth from stitching since there isn't any batting.
    It would be a very lightweight quilt. I've never done it that way, but some of the ladies in the quilt guild that I belong to make their summer quilts that way.
    well there you go - in all my years of quilting i've only made 2 quilts that have been meant to be slept with.
    and I've only made 3 wallhangings - it's great how much diversity there is in quilting. :D I'm more into traditional quilting ,and I'm thinking you are more into art quilts. What type of quilting do you do?
    yes i make art quilts. i just finished my 2nd "utility" quilt 2 days ago - its a gift for my SIL. my 1st utility quilt was for their baby 5 years ago.

    so i guess we can say every 5 years i make a utility quilt.

    i make about 30 art quilts a year.


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    I taught a class once where we used flannel for the foundation, flannel for the piecing on top, and flannel for backing. It was a very nice drapey quilt. Just piece on the flannel foundation, back, and quilt as desired. Since there was no real batting, it didn't require much quilting.

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    I call sewing on a fabric base strip piecing or crazy piecing. You can buy a foundation backing that when wet turns into a soft, lightweight fabric. Ricky Timms sells it on his website.

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    How timely! I just got a box of vintage sheets today at an estate sale, and there were some that are too thin for me to use as fabric.

    I was thinking of drawing on them with a sharpie and just trying to teach myself to paper piece or foundation piece. It would simply eliminate the paper part, right? And I like a heavier quilt since I live where it is COLD all the time! Since I have not learned to do it the right way yet, I might as well figure it out MY way. LOL!

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    Go for it! In quilting I am a believer that the end justify the means. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    I taught a class once where we used flannel for the foundation, flannel for the piecing on top, and flannel for backing. It was a very nice drapey quilt. Just piece on the flannel foundation, back, and quilt as desired. Since there was no real batting, it didn't require much quilting.
    That sounds interesting for a sofa quilt.

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    The advantage of paper for foundation piecing is that you can run copies on your copier and not have to trace each block. This would be a consideration if you were making lots of blocks.

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    I think using interfacing is a brilliant idea, i have used it under small applique pieces, but of course it adds a bit of weight and thickness. I would use a flannel for the batting in a full quilt, especially if hand quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    Quote Originally Posted by Minda
    You can use muslin and skip the batting.
    wouldn't that be a very thin quilt and then when you quilt it you won't have the variations in depth from stitching since there isn't any batting.
    i've done two with interfacing: one with a flannel backing - summer quilt, yummy! one with lightweight batting and a corduroy backing. that was SOME mistake. it was almost impossible to quilt and i thought my wrists would break. at that time i did not have the longarm. that one was queen size. it still gives me a headache to think of it. BUT it is my ds favorite one when he visits here, and he always asks for it. it pins him to the bed with his wife. LOL!

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