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Thread: How many of your paper piece?

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    I'm very into paper piecing right now! I discovered it in early June while looking for a helicopter pattern. I wasn't able to find what I was looking for, but I found an airplane paper piecing pattern. I called my mom and asked her to explain paper piecing over the phone and that night I started, within 3 days everything, but the quilting was done. I have decided to hand-quilt it, but since it has been so hot I put it away until the fall. I'm making it for our future son (we are planning to adopt as soon as our homestudy is complete and we find a mother looking to make an adoption plan), just in case the baby is a girl I'm also going to make a butterfly quilt (we will be thrilled with a boy or a girl, but since we have two girls, it would be nice to have a little boy). I had so much fun making the airplanes that I started looking for other paper piecing patterns. The next one I started was "Garden Patch", which is so much fun!!!! I can't wait to finish it!!!! Lack of fabric has been my problem. The sample quilt they show looks amazing, so I'm trying to make it similar....not exact or even close, but similar. Like each plant uses different greens, and different browns....so coming up with that many greens and that many browns has been hard. Brown is my struggle right now. Since I need so little I don't want to go and buy, so I'm hoping to find some in my mom's stash. Just need to find the time to go and dig through it all! In the meantime I'm working on another Table Topper that I'm giving as an anniversary gift to my hubby's aunt this upcoming Saturday.

    Hope everyone is having a great night!
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    I love paper piecing. Please show us pictures of your work. :D :D :D :D

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    Kelly-I love to paper piece,too, but I think we are in the minority. I love the precision of it and it goes so quickly.

    Post a picture of your airplane quilt top. I would love to see it.

    Good luck with the adoption. Keep us posted on it too-I think after quilts, babies and kids are the biggest hit on the board!

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    I do and I still have that magazine your blocks are in! Let me know if I can h lp in any way :)

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    I was crushed last night when my mom told me that paper piecing is "cheating" and not real quilting :( I thought it was just another method. Maybe not as impressive as template piecing, but I'm having a great time with it!


    Here is where I posted my pictures to the group.....
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/9295.page

    Marcia....I love the precision too!!! I would never be able to make sure perfect points with template piecing....I'm just not that good!

    Hugs!!!

    Here is the last one I did.....



    I still need to make it into a hexagon and quilt it!

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    I have bought the rulers, paper and even a Carol Doak book/CD but have not found the courage to start. I too like the idea of percisionnnnn ! Some day either my prince will come or I might try to teach myself to paper peice. Which do you think will happen first ? ( oh yeah, I'm 57 soon to be 58 :lol: ,llooolllll.)

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    The leopard with the sky full of lightening is fabulous, so cool....

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    Cindy,

    Go for it!!!! It is so much fun!!!! You won't regret trying it!!!!

    There is actually a free beginner pping pattern on Carol Doak's website. So ahead....give it a try!!! My younger DD who is 8 has done several paper pieced squares......here is one......



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    The leopard with the sky full of lightening is fabulous, so cool....
    Cindy,

    That is for my older DD, she picked out all the fabric. I just need to applique the tail on....but I don't know how the applique, so I have been putting it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    I was crushed last night when my mom told me that paper piecing is "cheating" and not real quilting :( I thought it was just another method.
    You are right. Mom's been listening to the Quilt Police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    I was crushed last night when my mom told me that paper piecing is "cheating" and not real quilting :( I thought it was just another method. Maybe not as impressive as template piecing, but I'm having a great time with it!
    "Not real quilting"? Last I checked paper piecing was just a way to help be more accurate and precise. And from the looks of it you're doing awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    I was crushed last night when my mom told me that paper piecing is "cheating" and not real quilting :( I thought it was just another method. Maybe not as impressive as template piecing, but I'm having a great time with it!
    :!: WHAT???? I have never heard anyone say that before. Paper piecing is one of many techniques used to make a quilt. So is applique and patchwork!


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    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    I was crushed last night when my mom told me that paper piecing is "cheating" and not real quilting :( I thought it was just another method. Maybe not as impressive as template piecing, but I'm having a great time with it!

    Sorry to tell you this, but your mom is wrong! Paper piecing is just another way or technique of piecing, nothing "cheating" about it!!! English paper piecing has been around since the 1800's - if that's not "real quilting" what is?

    I'm looking forward to seeing the garden quilt together - your vegetables are wonderful :D And what about using fusible for your leopard's tail?

    Remember, there is no cheating in quilting - just efficiency & techniques!
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    I love paper piecing.
    ONce you start, you are hooked!!

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    I am a paper piecing lover!!

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    I have never tried but I am planning on try it soon. I want to make an alphabet quilt and all of the blocks are paper pieced.

    I just read Shelly's great tutorial and learned a lot. Does anyone else know of a good online tutorial for paper piecing?

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    Just got into it. I made a teddy bear. No pictures; some one needed it in a hurry.

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    I'm a paper piecing addict :P :P :P

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    Paper piecing is alot of fun!! I havent' done any in a few years now though, but one of these days I will get back into it again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    Quote Originally Posted by KellyPA
    I was crushed last night when my mom told me that paper piecing is "cheating" and not real quilting :( I thought it was just another method.
    You are right. Mom's been listening to the Quilt Police.
    It's not cheating. Paper piecing is just another technique.

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    An 8 year old can do it and you learned over the phone. You make me want to cry. I think I have a block, mental that is.......Ooooooo :? :? :? :? :( :( boo-hoo :( :( :( :( :( :(

    yours are so nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    An 8 year old can do it and you learned over the phone. You make me want to cry. I think I have a block, mental that is.......Ooooooo :? :? :? :? :( :( boo-hoo :( :( :( :( :( :(
    Ruth, I thought there was no way I could do it, but I did.
    I figure if I can do it, anyone can.
    Just give it a try. Start slow, go slow and you'll see, it's really easy!

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    Ruth,

    I'm sorry, my point wasn't to upset anyone!!!!!!! I was hoping it would give some the courage to give it a try. HUGE HUGS!!!!!


    I'm sorry :(

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    Ruth,
    Get some scraps from your stash and give it a try. If you wait until you think you can do it, you'll never start. :lol: You need to sit down at your sewing machine and sew the pieces as you read the instructions. I know you can do it. You're a quilter! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Kelly,
    This is at least one time when you shouldn't listen to your mom. There are many, many ways to quilt and piece fabric. Paper piecing is one of them. :-) :-) :-)

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