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    I'm working on a block for our County Fair Quilt Block Contest and decided on one that is Paper Pieced. I did a test block using a product I found at JoAnn's (Perfect Piecing) but it was hard to tear out when I finished, and I'm afraid the tearing might have stretched the block out of shape. What do you use as the "foundation" when you use this method? Thanks for your input!

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    There are a lot of discussions on this subject. I think the ones I have read say the newsprint the kids draw on is the best for tearing away. Do a search on foundation paper or just paper and I know you will find tons of opinions.

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    Be sure to use a very tiny stitch, that's important no matter what tear away you use. I use my seam ripper along the seam lines to remove stubborn paper, it just cuts right off. I use Golden Threads paper when I hand trace a paper piecing pattern and cheap newsprint tablet paper when I print the pattern. It helps a lot to take opposite corners of the block and pull taunt but not tight, that gets the paper torn from the seams.

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    I use Carol Doak's Foundation Paper and I set the stitch length at 1.8 on my Bernina sewing machine. Your stitch length should be very short for paper piecing.

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    and when you tear out the paper, you should put your thumb or other finger on the stitches and tear the paper next to your finger, moving your finger down as you tear. that helps stabilize the stitching. good luck

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    A friend bought a 2-pack of Dixie's Kabnet Wax (used for deli food) from Costco and gave me one box. She said it was so cheap she wouldn't even tell me the price. So now I have a box of 500 sheets of 10" x 10.75" "heavyweight premium dry wax paper" that would take a lifetime to use up. I use an old rotary blade to cut it down to 8.5" and it goes through the printer very well and tears away from the stitching easily.

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    i prefer vellum paper when i paper piece.

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    I tried a paper piecing technique I found with freezer paper, and there is no tearing, therefore,, no ripped stitches.

    Here is a link:

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21

    I tried it and it worked great. I will never tear paper again.

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    Thanks Maria for the link. I thinks this will be a much easier way and lots less messy!

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    Thanks Maria. I may give the freezer paper technique a test run. That sounds like a good way to keep from having to spend time tearing. I appreciate everyone's suggestions! Thanks so much!

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    Okay..get ready to hear a scream:)LOL I use my reg computer paper to paper piece and see no reason not to-honestly! What you prob didn't do, no matter what paper you used is to make your stitch length smaller...this makes all those little hole punches w/that needle closer together making the ripping of paper easier!:)I too did the exact thing you did on the first try only I didn't make my stitch length smaller...so it was hard to rip apart...I had many done when I figured it out!! What helps if you are stuck there like this is to use your seam ripper to start the rip on the outside edge of the paper...then it will come right off. Hope that helps:)Skeat

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    I'm a Paper Piecing addict. I use regular printer paper & a small stitch length.
    I don't have a problem removing the paper. Tweezers are an excellent tool for removal, especially for the tiny pieces.

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    i don't know if you guys have heard of Stable Magic.

    its paper you can run thru the printer and use for paper piecing or i use it for quilt patterns and tape it to the top of my quilt with painters tape.

    then when your done you just wet the paper and it dissolves away - you don't have to rip anything out.

    when i use it for quilting patterns i just throw the quilt in the washing machine (i don't even bother to take any of the paper off) and it just washes away.

    its about $10 for 25 sheets but when you need it really is handy.

    here's a link if you want to read more about it.


    http://www.softexpressions.com/softw.../StableMag.php


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    Maria, Thanks for the Twiddletails link. I love foundation piecing and don't mind removing the paper, but I'm going to try your way. It sounds very interesting.

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    Thanks for the reminder to make my stitch length shorter. I did remember a couple of times while I was stitching :? but only went down to 2.0. I'll try 1.8 and see if that helps. I also remember reading in a quilting magazine or somewhere a while back about using a water-soluble stabilizer but had forgotten. I thought about using computer printer paper but didn't think I would be able to see through enough to match the lines...I'll give that a try too. You all are great! Thanks! :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i don't know if you guys have heard of Stable Magic.

    its paper you can run thru the printer and use for paper piecing or i use it for quilt patterns and tape it to the top of my quilt with painters tape.

    then when your done you just wet the paper and it dissolves away - you don't have to rip anything out.

    when i use it for quilting patterns i just throw the quilt in the washing machine (i don't even bother to take any of the paper off) and it just washes away.

    its about $10 for 25 sheets but when you need it really is handy.

    here's a link if you want to read more about it.


    http://www.softexpressions.com/softw.../StableMag.php
    Klue, I started a machine applique class and the instructor wants us to use a wash away stabilzer. would this work!

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    yes this would work and there's actually a book that details this applique method and the authors favorite brand is this product.

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    Thanks Klue! Do you know the name of the book?

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    I've used both regular copy paper and tracing paper. Both work for me and I put my stitch length at 1.8-2.0. I LOVE paper piecing!

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    this is a link to her website. the book was a self published title. i'm sure if you contact her you can obtain a copy - otherwise you can look on ebay, etc.

    i met her at a quilt show - i can't remember if it was NJ or PA

    http://rosemhahn.net/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I tried a paper piecing technique I found with freezer paper, and there is no tearing, therefore,, no ripped stitches.

    Here is a link:

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21

    I tried it and it worked great. I will never tear paper again.

    Maria
    Update: I used this technique and it does work great! Thanks for posting this link Maria. The technique was easy to do and I was able to use the same piece of paper multiple times. This will become my new method of choice when paper piecing. Here's a picture of the block I did with this method. It is for our County Fair Quilt Block Contest. The provide the fabric and the entrants select a pattern.

    2009 Thurston County Fair Quilt Block Contest Entry
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    I am not an expert at paper piecing like some or most of you. But I buy the regular school paper cheap. I buy it for about .50 a package. It has lines yes but doesn't seem to bother me. It tears of real easy and of course I do have a small stitch, very small. Friend said use a larger needle too and I did for a while but found regular need works better too, so easy. Hope this helps you as I am a very green beginner.

    Rita

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    old phone book pages are good, too.

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    Ok since we are on this subject. Question??????

    Do you tear the paper off after you get all your blocks made and sewn into a top or do you tear after each block is made? I got to thinking about that last night as I was making my sample block, what to do????

    Thanks in advance.

    Rita

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I tried a paper piecing technique I found with freezer paper, and there is no tearing, therefore,, no ripped stitches.

    Here is a link:

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21

    I tried it and it worked great. I will never tear paper again.

    Maria
    DITTO!!! I love this method of paper piecing. I used it to complete an elaborate mariners compass top and like you I will never go back to tearing again.

    FF

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