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Is it crazy to do king-sized paper piecing?

Old 12-21-2020, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by dunster View Post
Exactly! You can paper piece with very little waste. I've made several king size paper pieced quilts and find them no heavier than any other quilt with similar size pieces.

I understand your desire to use larger blocks. However don't make them so large that the design of SAS is lost.
Thank you. I think that after Iíve done several, Iíll have a pretty good idea what size to cut the strips and then the triangles.

I agree that I donít want the blocks to be too large. For a king sized quilt, I donít think 8x8 is too large, do you? You all have much more experience than I do, so if you think that would mean the design would be lost, please let me know!
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:34 AM
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When I made my storm at sea quilt I used the Deb Tucker square in a square and diamond rects rulers. My points came out perfect on every block which is unusual for me. I prefer not to paper piece if I have a choice but that is just me. The secret was slightly oversized units that can be trimmed to the perfect size.

Good luck, it's a beautiful pattern.
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Old 12-21-2020, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by juliasb View Post
In the Quilt Chace there is a 12" SAS pattern https://www.quilterscache.com/S/StormAtSeaBlock.html. I don't know what size you are planning but it may be easier to have someone figure out the size you want in EQ8. I understand it is the best way to go and get the PP diagrams. I don't have EQ8 myself.
Ok, I see now that I am maybe not using the correct sizes. Because the SAS can be made into many different configurations, Iím referring to the individual squares as 4x4 and 8x8. In this example that you linked, it shows a 12x12 block made up of 3x3 and 6x6 squares.

Maybe Iíll make up some blocks with some scrap material and see if I like the size
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Old 12-21-2020, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
How about making a pillow top - 20x20 or so -: to get a feel for it before committing to a king size too?
I agree. I have done numerous paper-piecing projects (nothing this large). This pattern requires accuracy both when paper piecing and when sewing the units together. A pillow top would give you a way to practice and refine your skills before tackling your project.
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Old 12-21-2020, 12:31 PM
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I have the die for the SAS . It makes a nine inch finished block.
https://www.accuquilt.com/go-storm-at-sea-die.html The quilt pictures of the finished quilts look great with that size block.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Colorado Quilter View Post
When I made my storm at sea quilt I used the Deb Tucker square in a square and diamond rects rulers. My points came out perfect on every block which is unusual for me. I prefer not to paper piece if I have a choice but that is just me. The secret was slightly oversized units that can be trimmed to the perfect size.

Good luck, it's a beautiful pattern.
I was going to suggest this too. I haven't made one yet, but this quilt is definitely on my bucket list and I've been thinking about how I want to do it for a while now. I bought an English paper piecing kit to make it with, and then decided I wasn't crazy enough to tackle all of those sometimes teeny-tiny triangles by hand (over 1,400 pieces in the kit! ). Foundation paper piecing is just not my thing, so I pretty much landed on doing it with the Deb Tucker rulers, especially because making blocks a bit bigger and cutting them down is pretty much how I work anyway.

However you decide to do it, it is a beautiful quilt!

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Old 12-22-2020, 03:50 AM
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I pp'd a king size hunter star quilt last year. It really wasn't horrible. I did end up initially mis-calculating my fabric needs and had to purchase more of the fabric but, oh well. I was able to simply over-size my cut pieces (triangles/rectangles) and had very little waste/block. The waste was not what caused my mis-calculations. I 'designed' the blocks/quilt in EQ5 and just didn't believe I would really need that much fabric. I find EQ - v5 in particular - tends to over-estimate yardage because of how it calculates the fabric cutting.

And granted, the quilt was heavy but just because of it's overall size and the fact that I used W&N cotton batting. I did quilt it on my DSM. Lots of pulling/pushing and a bit of tendonitis as a result but mainly because I was in a rush to get it done.
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Old 12-22-2020, 04:06 AM
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I PP some blocks from Carol Doaks "50 State Stars" without wasting a lot of material. For each block I measured each piece then cut the fabric for each piece 1/2" bigger all the way around. Made sure that each piece was placed right before sewing, so did not have all that much waste.
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Old 12-22-2020, 05:47 AM
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No, you're not crazy, I designed my "kimono" quilt, 8" squares, pp, it turned out great, unfortunately my Japanese friend that I gave it to, died soon afterwards, but her brother and family, took it back to Japan with them.
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Old 12-22-2020, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
For that many blocks do yourself a favor and buy the printable paper that dissolves in water or that you leave in. My favorite is Stable Stuff by Ricky Tims.
This stuff is awesome. I highly recommend it also. It would be perfect for a king size, elimination all that tearing and reinforcing it. I sewed along with the 50 Paper pieced stars back when a group here was sewing. It ended up being a queen size with almost full drop. So king size in all. It was scrappy so I could add needed fabric colors as I ran out.
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