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Thread: best way to learn paper piecing

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnsv View Post
    just a hint: I trace my pattern onto lightweight non-fusible interfacing. That way I don't have any paper to rip off!
    Great idea! Thank you.
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    I agree with QuiltnNan, Carol Doak is a great teacher,, I took a class from her years ago and her instructions are so clear.. If you can, get one of her books with I video. Try Amazon.com they are usually cheaper there. I love the way she explains how to sort you fabric colors.. Good Luck. PP is a little tricky but you will have exact points.

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    I have seriously been thinking about trying this - no more thinking, thanks guys!
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflies5518 View Post
    I have seriously been thinking about trying this - no more thinking, thanks guys!
    Consider it ..... dot-to-dot meets paint-by-numbers!!!
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    The information I used was from Carol Doaks. I love her DVD and her books, to me she is the best!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by ssgirly View Post
    I'm interested in learning but don't know where to start. Any suggestions, including specific online sources, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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    This is one of the best paper-piecing videos I've seen. It's by Karen Johnson of Connecting Threads:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2gK...eature=related

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    "Audition" some different approaches and find one that makes the most sense to you. When I got interested in this technique I found so many different approaches to paper-piecing and so much "advice" that I simply got confused. Then I got Carol Doaks' video at JoAnn using a discount coupon and decided to learn her approach and stick with it. It has worked for me. The 'Add a Quarter" and "Add an Eighth" tools she shows have been real time-savers. I've been using the June Taylor "Perfect Piecing" sheets (look like dryer sheets -- probably are!) that you run through your printer and the just leave in the block as a stabilizer when you're finished rather than tearing out -- there seems to be less stretching and twisting with it since more complex blocks get handled a lot.

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    I found this link for buying newsprint this morning. http://www.dickblick.com/products/bl...ose-newsprint/
    8 1/2 x 11 that will go thru the printer. Has anyone tried this for the PP?

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    [QUOTE=ssgirly;5332964]Thanks, but I'm confused... when I click on the link and then select Introduction To Paper Piecing

    there are no verbal instructions... just a picture of the paper diagram and some measurements...

    [Join her yahoo group here-http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CarolDoakQuiltingGroup//--Alexe
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    That looks great, I'll have to try that method. Not having to tear off the paper is a big plus in my book.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Try this! Never have to rip off paper and can use a template many times!

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21
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    Thanks for that tute, Kitsie...amazing!

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    Try these sites. Very basic, but that is how I think you should start. This is the one I used to teach myself PP.

    http://www.winnowing.com/ppp.html

    This one looks good, also.

    http://ajpadilla.com/tutorials/begin...r-piece-page-1

    PATIENCE is the key word, and then close stitching. Have fun.

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    lynnsv,
    Your hint intrigued me how does this work? Do you just leave the non-fusible interfacing on the project?

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    Interesting to see how many of you started off small and easy! Me, well I jumped right in and did "Love Letters of the Civil War" 121 squares of itty bitty pieces and large pieces but I am addicted to paper piecing and can't wait to do something else, maybe easier.

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    I tried PP one time. I never want to be that frustrated again. Life is too short.

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    Linmid, I leave the interfacing in my project, it is the thinnest interfacing I can find and it doesn't
    hurt your project. I dislike ripping the paper out. I also cut my pieces larger than needed so
    I always have enough to cover the next part. I am working on a string spiderweb and am using
    the interfacing for the foundation, I glue the first part in the center and then sew different sizes
    of strips to each side of the kite shape. I got the pattern from Bonnie Hunter's site:
    www.quiltville.com. She has some wonderful scrappy quilt patterns for free and great
    instructions too.

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    I just returned from a quilters retreat. One of the classes was paper piecing. I'll admit it, I'm hooked.
    I loved this method. I've tried it in the past and was very confused. A good instructor made the world of difference for me.
    I loved all the info shared in this thread.

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    she is great and has some good books
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    try Carol Doak's site and take the free Introduction to Paper Piecing - great instructions
    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php

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    I had been trying on and off for quite sometime to get my head around this method until I found this website. It is only a simple pattern that she is demonstrating - but I think that you need this to understand this method - it is verbal and she does go slowly which I found very helpful. Good luck with it. Once the "penny drops" and you understand what it is all about you will enjoy it and the results are lovely.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uaW2...feature=fvwrel

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    A little over a year ago, I would have said no way to PPing! Then I "wanted" to do it and started.

    I started with the simple tutorial on QuiltersCache.Com. Then moved on from there to doing some simple projects. Along the way, I read/watched/surfed all that I could find ... mostly from threads here on the QB.

    You'll find everyone there a lot of different techniques and everyone has their own style. What worked for me was just starting ... and then as I went, I picked up a bit here and there ... and have continued to do so.

    Rome wasn't built in a day. Initially I still hated it and gradually as I did more, I got my style and routine flowing and then I was right into it ........ and loving it!

    Good Luck!!!!!!!

    I agree, Marcia has a great tutorial, plus more PP patterns than the mind can fathom - and if you look at the alphabetic list of blocks, she notes which ones are PPd and also rates them for relative ease of construction - it's a great place to start - and to tackle more complex designs as you gain experience. I've even begun designing my own PP patterns after all my experience using Marcia's patterns. I love PPing, my blocks seem to come out perfect, points line up and seams are consistent
    He who cuts his own wood is warmed twice, but she who makes her own quilt is warmed forever - SLR 11/7/2011

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    It helps to have a back-light. You hold the fabric up in front of it to make sure you are covering the seams with your new piece of material. I made a paper-pieced quilt the first time at a Mariner's Compass class, it is my avatar. I also made a double sized quilt with a lot of pieced birds and flowers.

    The main thing I have found is to not try to skrimp too much on the fabric. Fold it in the direction you are going with it to make sure you have enough fabric to cover the area -- plus seam allowance. In other words, leave enough fabric to overlap the next line and trim after the next piece.

    When I started, I made the mistake of trimming the fabric before I turned it down where it belongs. OOPS! Make sure to fold it down, press, then trim.

    Reading Carol's blog site I saw a great tip about using a tracing wheel to run along the solid line, where you are going to fold to trim, it makes it easier to fold the paper precisely.
    :-)
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    I love ppiecing using freezer paper. I learned it in a class, but the video Kitsie shared takes you through it. However, I was just looking at a book that I bought for the designs and patterns and discovered that there is a section in the front that takes you through all the steps using the method I love. The book is BLOCKS TO DIAMONDS by Cheryl Malkowski. I shows stapling a stack of freezer paper with the pattern on top and stitching through the lines without thread to create easy folding lines so you don't have to see through the paper.

    Freezer paper templates can be used over and over and do not require tearing the paper away from the block. Just thought I would add this to the other info because sometimes I do best when I can study the steps on paper. Give it a try. It is a great way to piece accurately. I've done Judy Niemeyer (sp?) blocks this way with no problem and I have Carol Doak's patterns to do this way as well.
    Last edited by zkosh; 07-04-2012 at 03:14 PM.

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    The tracing wheel tip is good, too. I've been wanting to try the needle tracing wheel instead of sewing through the pattern to create "dotted" lines.

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    Thanks for this thread. I've always thought that PP was confusing, but I've looked at he tutes in the links here, and think I may "dive in".

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    Carol Doak has many free patterns and I watched a u-tube video either on her site or on her yahoo group. It was so clear that I never had a problem after I watched it. Cannot remember where I saw it but if you google her I am sure you will locate it. Hope this helps

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