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Old 04-19-2019, 06:05 AM
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Totally agree with feline.

I enjoy what PP allows me to do! PP was my first introduction into quilting (I took a class). I totally failed trying to use a rotary cutter but when I made some awesome NYB blocks, my fellow classmates were blown away!!

Since then I have mastered using a rotary cutter and most of my quilts are pieced. But every so often, I will make a PP wall hanging or small project because I enjoy the challenge and detail of PP patterns (that would be impossible or very challenging to piece).
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:28 AM
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sometime, PP is the only way to go. But I use the fold back method and don't sew through the paper... eliminating the tear off. works for me.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:38 AM
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I agree with Feline about batiks. So easy!
Yesterday I wasn't working with them. And yes, some blocks would be impossible to piece any other way.
I haven't had trouble tearing the paper, whether it's computer or foundation types.
As long as I make the stitches really small I haven't encountered any problems.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:57 AM
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The waste from paper piecing is not enough to fret over to me. I like the accuracy and perfect points of paper piecing. I switched to Stable Stuff years ago and don't remove it. I have always determined what is the most dreaded part of any thing I do and eliminate it or modify. Taking the paper off was the part I dreaded in paper piecing so I eliminated that part.
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by humbird View Post
Wow Iceblossom, this sounds like quite an undertaking! I hope you post photos of the work in progress, and the finished quilt. Sounds lovely. A labor of love!
Well right now the fabric has been collected together as have the embellishments and even the quilting thread and pattern! I have a vision but it will be a long term process. Partly because this is not the way I usually work, any of the pictorial, contemporary, paper pieced, or embellished aspects! I think it will be roughly queen sized but we'll see how we go and it might end up more twin/couch, but still largish.

Getting closer to ten years ago now that I was diagnosed with my vision issues and I started purging my stash. As part of the process I was putting like with like and was really surprised when I ended up with an entire box of "farm". I'm looking forward to using all these diverse fabrics from cartoony to super realistic. And once the top is done, those remaining fabrics will be set free either given away or used in donation quilts -- win/win for all.
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Old 04-19-2019, 07:07 AM
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I enjoy paper piecing, love Judy Niemeyer designs, don't see that much waste, and don't mind removing the paper. I'm a slob anyway when it comes to sewing. Thread and bits of fabric wind up all over the floor, and all over me. So I don't see any more of a mess with paper piecing than with other types of sewing. I occasionally sew a piece on upside down or in the wrong position, but that happens to me when I'm doing regular piecing too. I love the "wow" factor of a paper pieced quilt.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:18 AM
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I enjoy FPP and use it for the most complicated blocks, I would rather FPP a picture then applique one. I just learned the freezer paper method w/o any tearing of the paper I loved it, I will switch to that for all my FPP. I also don't see much waste at all, but then again I am an avid fussy cutter so maybe I am just "used" to more wasteful methods to get exactly what I want.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:57 AM
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I definitely do not like PP. I have tried it a couple of times and my left brain can't connect with my right brain! PP is backwards to me and I just can't understand it even tho' it does give you precise pieces. Good luck to you when you rest up and try it again.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:07 AM
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I love paper piecing, My husband built a small and large light box for me. Our aunt couldn't figure it out. She said she would give me her pattern if I made 2 for her. So I whipped up 2.
When I first started out I couldn't figure it out. I bought Alex Anderson's PP Book

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Old 04-19-2019, 10:19 AM
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The first time I Paper pieced a block I felt Very discouraged and frustrated- seemed like I wasted a whole fat quarter to end up with one 3” long spike. I vowed to never Paper Piece again. About 4 years later I found Carol Doak. And fell in love with her 50 Paper pieced state stars. Read all her tips, hints and tutorials. Decided to try it again. Learned to not waste hardly any fabric, made those 50 stars and was ( hooked* for the past 15 years it has been one of my very favorite techniques - right behind appliqué.
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