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Thread: Foundation Piecing

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    I have lots of the "fabric" that bed ruffles are attached to. It is not cotton, but is rather some sort of polyester that has little tiny holes in it. I know one would not use this as backing, but I wonder if it would not work great as foundation for piecing.
    I wouldn't think the melting in a fire would be an issue as it would be inside the quilt, and the quilt would have to burn first before the fire got to the foundation fabric. What are your opinions on this, foundation piecers? I haven't done any yet but do hope to try it this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    You can also do paper/foundation piecing without sewing thru the paper, that is the way I prefer.
    I prefer fabric foundations.
    So does that mean you basically sew the pieces to a light backing/foundation fabric? Sounds better than getting the papers removed, but unless it's a crazy quilt, you'd need to somehow get the lines onto that foundation paper, right?

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    Great blocks and patterns.

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    Great job..something I have tried and can not conker. :thumbdown:

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama
    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    You can also do paper/foundation piecing without sewing thru the paper, that is the way I prefer.
    I prefer fabric foundations.
    So does that mean you basically sew the pieces to a light backing/foundation fabric? Sounds better than getting the papers removed, but unless it's a crazy quilt, you'd need to somehow get the lines onto that foundation paper, right?
    Oops - on the last sentence, I meant foundation "fabric".
    Thanks.

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    Very nice. I really want to try paper piecing

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    Love your colors! I tried paper piecing for the first time this week and I think I have a new addiction as well!! It is so fun and easy, can't believe I didn't try it sooner!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    I have lots of the "fabric" that bed ruffles are attached to. It is not cotton, but is rather some sort of polyester that has little tiny holes in it. I know one would not use this as backing, but I wonder if it would not work great as foundation for piecing.
    I wouldn't think the melting in a fire would be an issue as it would be inside the quilt, and the quilt would have to burn first before the fire got to the foundation fabric. What are your opinions on this, foundation piecers? I haven't done any yet but do hope to try it this year.
    I would think it would be fine and a great way to use up something that would just go to the landfill. :)

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    Beautiful blocks !! Love the colors !!

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    I also love crazy quilts. I have an old one my grandmother made. My mother and I are in the process of making on with silks as I just love the shiny - ness of them. My mom loves to embroider so ours has all the fancy hand stitching on it. Makes it slow going but it is turning out beautiful. Will post pic of first section that is done soon as I can find the darn charger for my camera.

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    Yes to Wildyard's post - I'd use anything for foundation piecing especially if it was free or cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama
    Quote Originally Posted by postal packin' mama
    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    You can also do paper/foundation piecing without sewing thru the paper, that is the way I prefer.
    I prefer fabric foundations.
    So does that mean you basically sew the pieces to a light backing/foundation fabric? Sounds better than getting the papers removed, but unless it's a crazy quilt, you'd need to somehow get the lines onto that foundation paper, right?
    Oops - on the last sentence, I meant foundation "fabric".
    Thanks.
    yikes I was afraid someone would ask, LOL. I haven't done it in quite awhile so without it in front of me to look at it while I explain it ... the best that I remember is that you fold the paper under and stitch along the fold but NOT on the paper. I made several blocks this way for a group project, all of us used the same technique, and it was wonderful not to have to rip off the paper when we were done.

    anyone else here know what I'm talking about, maybe using this technique yourselves?

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    I love PP. I belong to Carol Doaks group and she is always giving us new patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge L.
    miholmes---just finished the last crazy blocks for a queen size today. Didn't have a pattern. Just put on whatever and whichever. No 2 alike. I then went over each seam with a decorative stitch as you see in the old-time crazy quilts. Am sashing with black. Makes each block really stand out. It is fun, but with all the extra stitching it does get a bit boring. Now to finish it. Good luck with yours. I like that pattern??? though. I have one similar from an old magazing. Have fun. Marge

    Where did you take your class? West Side Sewing?
    I took mine at Pine Needles. Also I know you talked about doing the decorative stitch, they have a way you can put the block in your embroidery hoop and it will do all the stitches for you when using that specific foundation pattern. Pretty slick!

    Anyway I've now printed out numerous patterns as well as ordered a few, might make a sample block quilt when I'm done and then try....GULP a log cabin! :)

    ~m

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mornigstar
    Seems like some people are talking paper piecing but meanwhile he started out talking about foundation piecing
    which showed scraps on a piece of cloth - crazy quilting
    To me it's two different things.
    Well I wasn't sure if it's 2 different things or not to be honest. :) I did know if they called it "foundation" piecing because you can choose the type of foundation you want to use (Paper or Fabric) or if they were 2 completely different things. (Remember I'm new to this)

    I guess with fabric you don't have to tear away the paper, that's nice, but the pre-printed cloth foundations are around $8-$10 a yard, so that adds some expense to your quilt. But I would be interested in others opinions as well. So when I figure out which I like better I call it by it's proper name. :)

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    I have those exact same fabric foundation blocks. Have finished 16, which all the fabric I have in the line of fabric I am using. One thing I did was print more of the pattern on muslin to have extra. If you cut your muslin 8 1/2 by 11 and a piece of freezer paper same size, iron it together, it will go through an ink jet printer. Make sure it is exact size and the top that feeds through the printer is flat.

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    Interesting. Looks great.

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    Would you tell us how to do paper/foundation peicing without sewing thru the paper? Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by wraez
    Wow, your blocks look awesome!

    You can also do paper/foundation piecing without sewing thru the paper, that is the way I prefer.

    I also like to use inexpensive muslin (think Joanns .99yd with additional 50% off) to use for foundation string quilts, OR some ugly fabric that I have with no desire to make a quilt out of it, I turn it to the lighter, wrong side and use it so the color/pattern won't show thru to the side that has light fabrics on top. I hate ripping off the paper, so I prefer fabric foundations.

    warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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    You make it look so easy...I have always been intimidated at the thought of paper piecing or appliqueing

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    THANK YOU SO FOR THE INFO ON PAPER! EQ6 and EQ7 have a good selection of paper patterns for crazy quilt blocks. I am now using the scraps from a hand dyed top for interest strips for the backing, two and a half inch by ten crazy patches.

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    Michael - any more pictures of your block progress? Love your first blocks.

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