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Old 05-03-2012, 08:49 AM
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I am trying to do a paper piece block and the middle is

A1 A2
A4 A3

Each A is a square if you can understand what I am trying to say (a 4 patch). You would end up with a 4 patch. I cannot figure out how to do this. Where do I sew?? If I sew a seam up and down between A1 and A2 it is all good but then when I sew on A3 it just doesn't work and I still have to sew on A4. I am sooooo confused. Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:54 AM
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sew on the line from a1 to a2 then on to 3 and 4 make sure your fabric is 1/4 inch over on each side hope this helps
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Hi...when I am stuck I try ' You Tube'. I have just typed in paper piecing and a number of tutorials came up so I think you might find something there that might help you....Good Luck
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Not totally sure without seeing your pattern, but usually that means that you sew A1 toA2, the sew A3 toA4. Then finish it by sewing A1/A2 to A3/A4. That should complete that part.
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You have to do the two sides separately, then match up the seams and sew them together in the traditional manner.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:58 AM
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Double check the directions, you would have to sew 2 together, A1 and A2 or A1 and A4, then the other two together, and then the two strips of 2 squares each are sewn together - sometimes even if the block is generally pp'd, a center like that will be pieced and then pinned to paper as if one solid square, the outside pieces applied per usual paper piecing - there's no way to paper piece one square at a time to make a 4 patch - at least none I can see. Good luck!
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I'm learning paper piecing and it's so foreign to me also. I'm taking a craftsy class to help me. I've also watched some youtube videos to help. To me, it's so different from traditional quilting so don't feel alone.
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Thanks, if I sew up and down between A1 and A2 then across under A2 to A3 when I sew on A4 I have one seam allowance sitting on the top of the block. Do I need to sew A1 and A2 together before I start? Sorry, just do not understand where to sew............
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Originally Posted by MdmSew'n'Sew View Post
Double check the directions, you would have to sew 2 together, A1 and A2 or A1 and A4, then the other two together, and then the two strips of 2 squares each are sewn together - sometimes even if the block is generally pp'd, a center like that will be pieced and then pinned to paper as if one solid square, the outside pieces applied per usual paper piecing - there's no way to paper piece one square at a time to make a 4 patch - at least none I can see. Good luck!

Thank you so very much. Thought I was going crazy??? LOL
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Originally Posted by bailey View Post
Thanks, if I sew up and down between A1 and A2 then across under A2 to A3 when I sew on A4 I have one seam allowance sitting on the top of the block. Do I need to sew A1 and A2 together before I start? Sorry, just do not understand where to sew............
Yes sew 1 to 2, and 3 to 4. Then the two larger pieces together.
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