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Thread: I don't get what the 'reciept' is for when making string quilts

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    I don't get what the 'reciept' is for when making string quilts

    Hi.. I've been watching and I just don't get it.. I've been trying to figure out why people 'sew' onto reciepts to make string quilts. Wouldn't it be the same if you just sew the fabric together to begin with? Also.. I have lots of 'small' pieces and I see lots of people put them together and use them as crumb quilts. So how are these put together? I mean.. if they are small and you use a 1/4" seam how is that going to work.. don't they need to be turned under so they won't unravel? I know lots of questions sorry... thanks ladies
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    You will just have to make one using a paper base and one without to see the difference.
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    I have a friend who makes her string quilts without a foundation. It can be done.

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    It is a foundation in order to use small strips that would otherwise not be easy to sew together. You then usually cut to the size of the base. In the olden days newspaper was used but mostly a foundation fabric. The foundation could be cut in a number of shapes. I have some old blocks that the foundation was a diamond then sewed together to make stars. It was and stil is a "use up"method of making use of otherwise unusual sizes of fabric. irregular width of strips could be used to make a new fabric.

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    When I was a kid, we cut up old sheets and used them for foundation. Back in those days, the sheets were 100 percent cotton and white, and you had to iron them!

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    I have a very old quilt top that was made using strips of what was once white fabric. The strips are various is widths but each one has many little pieces sewn onto them and then the strips are sewn toether. I doubt this would have worked very well without the foundation strips.

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    i don't understand the word "reciept" where did you read this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    i don't understand the word "reciept" where did you read this.
    Someone recently mentioned using old receipts as a foundation for string piecing.

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    I think that the "receipt" comment was for making piano-key type borders. Random strips are sewn next to each other on a receipt, then the edges are cut even with the paper to make an even width (3" 0r 3 1/2" whatever). If you didn't use a straight piece of paper to sew the scraps together, they would be all wavy.
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    I think maybe she is talking about the cash register receipt rolls. I read somewhere that you could use these, then cut the excess off the edges and you would have a straight strip. My grandma and great grandma used pages out of the Sears catalog. Folded one end over to make a square then cut off the excess. Made the perfect block for sewing your strips to. I remember sewing these for them when I was a kid. I've used paper, muslin, scrap fabric (ugly) haha and interfacing scraps.

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    Wow, very confusing. I'd never heard of using receipts. I have heard of using phone book papers or newspapers.

    I don't make my string quilts with foundations. I cut strips across the width of the fabric, piece the strips together, then cut triangles. However, if you're trying to use oddly shaped pieces from your stash, this method won't work.

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    I have used telephone book pages same as your grandma did. I also folded one end over to make a square. This gives the 'pattern ' to shoot for. Then when it's full, turn it over and rotary cut along the page. Magic!

    Quote Originally Posted by Teddybear Lady View Post
    I think maybe she is talking about the cash register receipt rolls. I read somewhere that you could use these, then cut the excess off the edges and you would have a straight strip. My grandma and great grandma used pages out of the Sears catalog. Folded one end over to make a square then cut off the excess. Made the perfect block for sewing your strips to. I remember sewing these for them when I was a kid. I've used paper, muslin, scrap fabric (ugly) haha and interfacing scraps.

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    I use adding machine paper....it is easier to sew small strips together....you just have to cut the sides even when you have a whole roll finished ...got the idea on th QB...i`ve done quite a few quilts this way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntannette View Post
    I use adding machine paper....it is easier to sew small strips together....you just have to cut the sides even when you have a whole roll finished ...got the idea on th QB...i`ve done quite a few quilts this way...
    How cool that is! love your quilts! I am just sewing strips together using a square of cheap muslim but I've got bored and didn't put a quilt together. I found your method more versatile to create a quilt.
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    I still use NEWSPAPER for my foundation on my scrappy quilts. It sure helps me use up all different sizes of scraps.
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    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)
    ok finally someone else who is on my side.. lol... ok ladies we just 'don't get it' also can you plz answer the second question also about sewing the small crumb pieces..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)
    You tear the paper off after you have finished your block or strip. It's like paper piecing. At least, that's what I do.

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    If you try to sew lots of small horizontal fabric pieces together, you are going to find it hard to get a straight strip to use. You either end up with a curving strip that won't lay flat or one that veers left or right. The foundation keeps it going straight and you trim the edges back to the paper edge. You sew with a small stitch length so that the paper is easy to tear off AFTER you sew the strips in a quilt top. You tear them after sewing them in so that you don't pull out any of the edge stitches. This is a great way to use up lots of small scraps.

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    WOW - that is a great method. Thanks for the into. Perhaps I will use that for piano key borders, as I seem to have trouble with those!

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    Google crumb quilts and you'll find lots of different instructions. 1/4" is not as important with crumbs, although you still want to have enough seam allowance that the pieces don't fray apart. Here's one from Bonnie Hunter. http://quiltville.com/crumbs.shtml

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    LOL you remove the paper after it is all pieced together....actually I remove it as I go(piece the quilt together)
    Quote Originally Posted by Teeler View Post
    I don't get it. I understand WHAT you're doing, and the WHY of it all, but help me understand how you get it OFF afterwards? When you wash this quilt, it's gonna be all gunked up inside with wet paper-mess. (???)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    If you try to sew lots of small horizontal fabric pieces together, you are going to find it hard to get a straight strip to use. You either end up with a curving strip that won't lay flat or one that veers left or right. The foundation keeps it going straight and you trim the edges back to the paper edge. You sew with a small stitch length so that the paper is easy to tear off AFTER you sew the strips in a quilt top. You tear them after sewing them in so that you don't pull out any of the edge stitches. This is a great way to use up lots of small scraps.
    ahhh nowwww it makes sence... wooo hoooo... awesome.. thanks soooo very much for all your information.. ok off to find some reciept paper.. lol...
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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Google crumb quilts and you'll find lots of different instructions. 1/4" is not as important with crumbs, although you still want to have enough seam allowance that the pieces don't fray apart. Here's one from Bonnie Hunter. http://quiltville.com/crumbs.shtml
    this helped alot... now I'm going to be able to figure out what to do with all these small pieces that I've got laying around here.. lol.. thanks tons for all the information..
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    For crumb quilts you WANT the edges to fray. That's the charm.

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