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Thread: Best way to remove paper piecing paper!

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    Best way to remove paper piecing paper!

    For those of you that use regular printer paper (like I do), I have just discovered the BEST method ever to get rid of all the paper in the back of your quilt!

    Usually, when I PP, I take the paper off before I put it all together, however, this one was a bit more complicated in that I had to make sure I was following the lettering of the blocks (there were 6), and it wasn't always apparent how they were going to line up.

    I started with this:

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    I spent 15 minutes and got 3 blocks of paper removed. NOT a way I want to spend my time! And I was tempted to just toss it to the side and get to it "whenever".

    I'm not a huge TV fan, so not something I could do while watching TV, and some of the pieces are so small (the white borders) that it was so frustrating to get all the pieces of paper off. So, I googled removing paper piecing and someone posted (on this board believe it or not!!!) to toss the whole thing in the washing machine!

    So I did ... quick cycle of 20 minutes, cold water, no detergent (note - I had NOT squared my quilt up yet, so I didn't care about fraying edges of the border).

    This is what I ended up with:

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    NOT counting the mess of my washing machine LOL ... but - that took me 5 minutes with the vacuum cleaner ... A LOT faster than tearing it all off!

    My next step is to go over it with a lint brush to get the "remnants" off ... but definitely a time saver!

    This is the front in case you didn't see my other post!

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    Marion, that is fantastic! I will have to tell my sister. She does paper piecing. (She also loves German Shepherds)
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    That sounds like a great idea but I think I'd be afraid of clogging my washer! I wonder if just soaking it in the tub for awhile and then (gently) scrubbing it together in your hands would do about the same?

    I really like your quilt top, by the way. It looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    That sounds like a great idea but I think I'd be afraid of clogging my washer! I wonder if just soaking it in the tub for awhile and then (gently) scrubbing it together in your hands would do about the same?

    I really like your quilt top, by the way. It looks great!
    It didn't clog it! I tested it afterwards LOL ... I did have to vacuum it out, but it ran fine for the next load!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
    Marion, that is fantastic! I will have to tell my sister. She does paper piecing. (She also loves German Shepherds)

    Thanks and thanks! Yeah, I love my GSD ... they are so different than other dogs LOL

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    I love my GSD also even though his daddy was a Great Dane. Picture a huge calico German Shepard with floppy ears. I love my crazy big dog.
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    I saw Bonnie Hunter take paper off and she creases it at the seams. I started doing it that way on couple samplers and makes it so much easier.

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    I take the paper out while mindlessly watching TV. And I usually have to get the tweezers out to get all the itty bitty pieces of paper. It's a pain but I love the accuracy.

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    I do a lot of paper piecing so it's worth it to me to use the best pp paper. I use vellum lightweight translucent for large pieces. For a lot of pieces in one block I use Stable Stuff that I leave in, or the water solvable paper. All three are printable. My first paper piecing I used printer paper and almost threw the blocks away the paper removing was so tedious. I knew I'd never do that again. My frustration level is too low for that tedious work.
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    That's a great thing to know, and that it didn't clog up the washer either - thanks!
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    Thanks for the tip! And I love your quilt!!!
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    I use cheap gift wrap tissue paper and don't remove it. When I wash the finished quilt, the tissue paper just dissolves in the wash like it was never there.

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    Did washing the quilt top fray the seam allowances? I would be afraid of reducing the already scant quarter inch. I would love to wash some tops I need to quilt that sometimes have a scent that flares up my allergies.

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    Sval - My border frayed a bit, but I hadn't squared my quilt top yet, so I wasn't concerned about that. I didn't have a scant 1/4 inch ... I was pretty generous with my seam allowance (always am with PP so if I pull out stitches when I remove the paper it's easy to fix LOL), and the seams didn't appear to suffer!

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    I love your quilt!. I'm not a paper piecer, but if I did do paper piecing, I think I would put the top with the paper on it in a large mesh bag for laundering or lingerie and wash it that way, to save any of the paper getting into the lint trap of my washer and costing me a repair bill down the road.

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    My tip is to spritz the papers which will wet them enough to easily remove. yes, it still takes some time but this works best for me. Love the quilt !!
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    Also if you just spritz it & let it sit awhile helps too.

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    I fold on the stitching lines several times. Tweezers are a help too, but the price we pay for those intricate points

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    That worked! I usually do it the har way, also.

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    So happy this worked for you Marion. The quilt is awesome.
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    I love your quilt block and how you clear the pp on the back. I have done all three of Laura Aaron Hird's quilts and that was a lot of paper piecing...141 six and half squares on the first, 90 of eight and half squares on the second and 99 six and half squares on the third. The last one is not sewn together yet...other two are hanging on my walls. I used Best Press to press and that made the paper easy to tear off the back. i did not worry about the small areas, because Carol Doak says to not worry about them....with her pp paper, it will wash away. Worked great on the first two Farmer;s Wife Quilts.

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    Time travel trivia- My grandma used to talk about the paper crinkling In her new quilt as a child. The paper gave added warmth in poorly heated old farmstead. Not sure if it was just necessity or actual paper pieced papers since she grew up during the depression.
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    Some of you obviously have WAY more patience than I do! I did spritz a square to try it out, but it wasn't fast enough, and still too much work with tweezers!

    I might invest in the proper paper the next time, because normal paper is certainly a hassle!

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    great idea! thanks for sharing!

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