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Thread: I took a paper piecing class today!!!

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    Okay, I did it!!! I had a ball, and think I'm going to love paper piecing. I have had to rip out a number of seams as sometimes I just mess up something. I am still at the point where I can't figure out what I'm messing up. I've chopped off fabric I'm not supposed to, but I think that will go away as I learn more.

    We are making NY Beauty blocks, so it's really fun. I'm doing a dual quilt..two at once. One is black/white/yellow, and the other has Kaffe fabrics as the focals with lots of dots and solids to contrast.

    I'll post pix when I can!

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    Well, good for you!! (I've been wanting to take a pp class but I'm just too chicken!) Can't wait to see your blocks! :D

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    Way to go!!!! It is quite addicting once you catch on :wink: I can't wait to see the pictures :D :D :D


    You can try using a foundation block as a template. Cut out the pieces, use the back side of it facing up (without the seam lines) and your fabric right side up. Cut the fabric 3/8 of an inch bigger than the template until you are more comfortable with it. :wink:

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    I've been paper piecing a long time and I still mess up. I love how accurate the blocks are, seeing perfect points is thrilling!

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    CONGRATS ! i am taking my first quilt September 30th and it is in Paper Piecing also :lol: Although after Ammas tute I feel good about PPing

    Please show us your pics , you know we love pics :wink:

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    YIPPEE!!!

    you're gonna love paper piecing.

    i can't wait to see the blocks and the finished quilt - how great to be making 2 different quilt tops.

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    I am so glad you went to this
    class, to learn PP'ing!! :D Keep
    practicing & it won't take long
    before you have it down pat!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    I'm glad you had fun Esq - I'm also one of amma's students and would agree with Sharon that she's a great teacher and now I love PP too! (am I the only one who giggles childishly when talking about 'PP'! :mrgreen: )

    Can't wait to see what you made! :D

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    Yea! It is so fun when someone's creative monster is unleashed!! You will have much fun w/this!!!Skeat

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    WOOHOO!!
    Can't wait to see the pics!!

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    I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see what you make. I''m also jealous-I planned on taking a pp class but just this week our LQS closed it's doors. I can't grasp the concept of how much fabric is needed to cover the areas and then what to cut off (left brain/right brain malfunction). Please post any tips you can. I'm hoping between you and Amma and others on the board I can learn along with you. Good luck-I know you'll make something great.

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    You're going to get addicted to paper piecing...I did! I love the unusual designs on some of them. Can't wait to see what you've done.

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    Well, spent more time last night and threw away several attempts. It was that dreaded combo of late at night and tired...not smart to work on a new skill! I will try again tonight after my daughter's soccer game. I'm in trial all day today so won't get any time to work on it!!

    As I'm doing it, all I can think is "who the heck invented this"???? Must've been one of those engineer types because it really is a hard concept to get and the result is soooo fabulous.

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    LOL And I can picture you in court today , in your mind thinking , now which way does this piece go and how did I do that again :roll: Tell the judge to hurry up, you have "other" clients to get to :wink: Just make sure they don't find out we are the clients waiting to see new pics :shock:
    Sharon

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    Sometimes my mind does wander like that...but people are paying me an awful lot of their hard-earned money to keep focused on their issues, so I try my hardest to stay in the moment. Sometimes when people are testifying it can get soooooo boring..the stories, and their nervousness makes for a long winded way for most folks to get to an answer. Real life court is NOT what you see on TV, that's for sure!!!

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    You'll never believe this - I was all excited to work on my blocks when I got home from work yesterday. I finished up one, and started on a second. But I couldn't get it going. I kept cutting off the second piece and had no idea what was wrong. So, I called the instructor as she gave us her phone number. When I explained it, she couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong. Turns out she lives about 3 minutes from my house, so she invited me over to figure out what I was doing wrong!! Isn't that so sweet of her??? I couldn't believe it!!! So, I went there and lo and behold, it was a simple little cutting mistake - I wasn't cutting the 1/4 inch after laying down my first piece of fabric. You would not believe her sewing room. Amazing, with all kinds of light, big table, lots of design walls, and the best area for sewing - the cutting board and ironing all situated so you don't have to get up at all. I wanted to take pictures to post but felt like it would be rude!! She's very talented and teaches quite often. Anyway, just wanted to share a nice story with ya'll.

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    See quilters are just the BESTEST ! LOL Glad you got the kink worked out and are back in business :lol:

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    what a wonderful woman to let you come over and play in her studio.

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    Hi.
    Congrats. I finally bit the bullet too and signed up for a paper
    piecing class a week from this Saturday. Its called Pineapple
    log cabin. Will let you know how I did.
    Catlady

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