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# Thread: To learn paper piecing OR raw edge appliqué for the project

1. ## To learn paper piecing OR raw edge appliqué for the project

Hello, I would like to make my mathematical 10 year old a quilt with square or rectangular blocks that take the number pi out as many digits as I decide to make blocks. 3.14.......... Very simple just two colors, no sashing. I don't know either paper piecing or raw edge. With has a lesser (to you) learning curve and might be a more time efficient way to do this. Many thanks, as always! Susan

2. Sorry, I don't understand your question. Can you post a photo of the 10 year old quilt???

3. Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2
Sorry, I don't understand your question. Can you post a photo of the 10 year old quilt???
My mathematical 10 year old is shown here

4. Originally Posted by Susan7639
My mathematical 10 year old is shown here
I just want to make a quit with the number pi 3.14159 etc expanded for as long as the number of blocks I would want to make. Very simple, black numbers on white squares, wondering the easiest way to do this.

5. Not sure this is what you were thinking, but this pattern (not the kit) came to mind. Don't know the name of it, but there are several patterns out there that are close. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Easy-Quilt-K...-/221772991665

6. Susan7639, What a hoot of a photo!!! Did they really do that or was it just a funny photo to post? From the looks of those faces, I am betting they got caught. Are they twins? I am still laughing at the photo. What a great story for when they are older.

To answer your question (while still laughing), personally I would use raw edge applique even though I do know how to paper piece as I do think the applique would definitly be quicker. I am sure you can find whatever size numbers you want online, trace them on your fabric, and cut out. In fact now that I think about it, I would use fusible (Steam-A-Seam Lite2). Trace the numbers onto the paper of the fusible, peel off the blank side of the fusible, transfer to the back of the fabric as per the directions on the fusible, cut out on the drawn lines, peel off the paper, iron onto your blocks, and then stitch around them either with straight stitch or small zig-zag. This is very easy to do (even though I was way too wordy). I have done this using McKenna Ryan's website directions. If you have never done this and it does not make sense to you, you can propably find a tute on youtube also. Good luck! (And by the way, I am still chuckling!!! Thanks for the laugh today.)

Shoot, I forgot to mention that if you do the fusible, you need to reverse the numbers so they come out correctly when cut out.

7. I would also go raw edge.

8. My Mother had that problem with me. So she started to stuff my stocking with projects such as paint by numbers or craft projects that would keep me occupied. If you are appliqueing the cut out letter, I would buttonhole stitch them down. I would also have this photos professional printed on fabric so it could also be included in this quilt.

9. I'd go with raw edge too.....It's very simple once you get the hang. However, I did find that I had to sewn around the object at least 3-4 times. I liked using black thread on colored fabric because it highlighted it. And it isn't meant to be exact.

I can't imagine getting very far with paper piecing them personally.....

10. If this is going to be an utilitarian type of quilt I would go with Foundation Paper Piecing; it will hold up better with continued washing. Here is a link I think will help you to learn PP without too much trouble. http://www.piecedbrain.com/2012/03/p...-tutorial.html With PP you won't have to worry about raw edges raveling when it is washed. JMHO

11. Paper piecing is not time efficient IMHO but it is easy to do, to me it is easier than applique but probably more time consuming than applique

12. Raw edge applique....and the photo is priceless!

13. Great idea for your math lover. There was a great article several years ago by Ivars Peterson about John Sims' Pi quilts (with pictures) you might like to read:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/quilting-pi
I would just sew the blocks together - no raw edge or applique required.

14. Originally Posted by Susan7639
My mathematical 10 year old is shown here
1. That picture is a treasure! My DD did the same thing one year.
2. I would use Elmer's glue dots to baste down the numbers, and then stitch around them to make a very quick quilt. Are you just going to use rows of numbers? Could be cute..... Two color, or multiple colors would look good. You could also use all alternating black and white background squares, and use the numbers in color order of the rainbow.....

15. Originally Posted by Kathy T.
Great idea for your math lover. There was a great article several years ago by Ivars Peterson about John Sims' Pi quilts (with pictures) you might like to read:
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/quilting-pi
I would just sew the blocks together - no raw edge or applique required.

Thanks for the link! Very interesting stuff!

16. Yes, that picture is from Christmas last. I told them not to wake us up before 7. So they didn't. Can't tell you how hard I cried and DH was a little teary too!

17. I too love the picture....beautiful children and they do look sorry for the crime! I am no help with the quilt.

18. We were told that any that were opened early must be meant for donations and would be taken away.

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