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Thread: My first attempt at Paper piecing

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    Junior Member trugger's Avatar
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    Here's my first attempt at paper-piecing!
    I see that I made a mistake on the last two pieces by sewing on the wrong line - but overall, I am pleased by my first attempt.
    I learned a few things:
    even though it's about scraps, make sure they're big enough. [I had to re-do a few that were too small]
    my sewing's not too shabby. Following a line that's clearly marked wasn't too difficult!
    the possibilities of paper-piecing are endless!
    I'm going to practice on a few more log cabins and see if I end up with enough courage to actually try a Kaffe Fassett's jewel squares on the cover of his book, Glorious Patchwork.
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    Looks great!!! I did one for the first time a couple of weeks ago and love the process! I will try some with curves before I tackle the Mariner's Compass pattern I just bought. I was surprised how quickly it went once I selected my scraps. That took longer! :)

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    looks good - I love paper piecing!

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    You've got it!!! Good job!!! Can't wait to see more pp from you :D :D :D

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    looks great!

    i'm a big fan of paper piecing - the possibilities are endless

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    you are doing great...keep up the good work!

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    Oh i love it! Now, when you iron it, dont use steam, that will make the ink on the paper run onto the fabric, iron with a dry iron, and you're done :) Love it, another quilter bit by the pp bug LOL :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    Oh i love it! Now, when you iron it, dont use steam, that will make the ink on the paper run onto the fabric, iron with a dry iron, and you're done :) Love it, another quilter bit by the pp bug LOL :)

    Thanks for the tip ~ I hadn't heard that one! :)

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    I've never done PP but I personally think your doing great and a big :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: for trying. Good for you.
    Keep up the good work

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    What type of paper works best for tearing away after completion?
    I have also heard to make your stitches smaller to add strength when tearing the paper away.
    I have a couple I would like to try.
    Thanks,
    Kirsten

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    I buy vellum at a paper supply store. Specifically, I buy UV/ULTRA II TRANSLUCENT PRINTING PAPER (radiant white). A ream (500 sheets) costs about $11 - $16. That's cheaper than the paper in 20 sheet packets at the quilt store. I download my pattern and print one copy. Then here's the trick I learned after struggling to figure out what color goes where on the pattern: color one copy of the pattern with colored pencils to correspond to the fabric you will use. I then number each stack of colored fabric I plan to use with the number that corresponds to the number on the pattern. Then I use my printer to make the necessary number of copies of the colored pattern I need and piece away. Of course, some patterns will require several squares that are assembled to make one big square. If those require different placement of colors and fabrics, make one master as described above for each different color placement required and then make the necessary copies. Remember to use really small stitches while piecing to aid in tearing away the paper when you are finished. Have fun!!

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    WTG! You CAN do it! I love pp and you are on your way! There are sew many possibilities! :lol:

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