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    Couple of Tips for Dear Jane and anything else...

    I use freezer paper piecing (Thimbleberries method) for a lot of small intricate blocks like the DJ's. My great big roll of FP is 18" wide so I cut 6" WOF and then cut to 6" squares. Very cheap!! to print on them I use a piece of copy paper that I printed one block diagram on (I use the same one over and over).
    Place the FB on the copy paper shiny side down and with your iron just run across the top edge of the FP. It loads really well into your printer and off you go! (One at a time is best)

    These little boards are cut from foam display boards and I use them for blocking the DJ blocks using the spray starch and pin all around method for the wonky ones. Don't need for all, but what a help!! Boards available readily at Walmart, etc.

    And finally a member showed how she used a ball-point pen top to hold her seam ripper, so I found this chap-stick tube (so I can put my tweezers in, too) and with a strip of the adhesive tape from the Command hooks I attached it and the little pin cushion right onto my machine!

    Hope these help someone else!

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    thanks for the great tips!
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    Thank You, Great Tips

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    That's a very good tip about the seam ripper and the pin cushion. Thank you. I'm doing that next thing tonite!
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    Great tips, Kitsie! Thanks!

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    Thanks very much!!!
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Thanks guys! I love finding other members tips! They are often the best and the cheapest!!
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    great tip thank you.

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    I also like to use freezer paper for DJ blocks. However, I draw the block in a drawing program exactly to the size I need, including seam allowance, and print directly onto freezer paper. I use a free CAD software called progeCAD. To me it just seems easier than tracing the design onto the freezer paper. Also, if I weren't broke, I'd probably buy the CD with the designs on it and print from that.
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    I have the DJ book and am able to scan the diagrams into my computer then print them onto FP from there. They come out true to size. That way I also can make a smaller one to put in my own tutorials for myself!
    Love Freezer paper!

    Thanks for the tip about free progeCAD. Tried to download but it didn't work Will try again!

    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419 View Post
    I also like to use freezer paper for DJ blocks. However, I draw the block in a drawing program exactly to the size I need, including seam allowance, and print directly onto freezer paper. I use a free CAD software called progeCAD. To me it just seems easier than tracing the design onto the freezer paper. Also, if I weren't broke, I'd probably buy the CD with the designs on it and print from that.
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    Thanks for the tips ! Never thought about a container on the machine to hold things
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    Very clever, Kitsie. I would probably need a margarine container instead of a chap-stick tube...
    I have so many tools on my sewing machine.
    I see you're swimming in the big league now (DJ). I bow to thee, my friend.

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    I would have known that was you before I even saw who send it! How are you, lady?
    I'm sure enjoying the "ultimate" sampler! Also working on a King size, so there is relief from each project! I've got all my blocks posted on my board blog if'n ya wanta check.

    Thanks for comments and nice to hear from you, EZ!
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