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    I am brand new to quilting. Want to try anything and everything. I signed up at the LQS for a class on paper piecing. The class got cancelled. I frankly think I was the only one who signed up. The woman offered me a private one hour lesson for the same money, and I jumped on it. I thought I had something I wanted to learn specifically, as she said bring my own material and pattern and she'd get me going, but I realize in my stupidity, what I thought was ok to paper piece is actually a needle turn applique. (A later class I also signed up for). Long story short, I'm sure they probably have a small kit or something that would work, but my paycheck was half what it should have been due to my illness, so if I can get away with not purchasing anything, or at least limit it to whatever you paper piece with, that would be best. I have a too large stash, so probably have just about any fabric that would be needed. Anybody know of any small project? I don't even know what paper piecing looks like, when its appropriate, etc. Poor lady, I don't think she knows what she's getting into! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Virg

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    Go to this site, pick a pattern (block) that is marked paper piecing that you like, print out the templates on regular computer paper, gather your fabric and away you go. Have fun! http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html

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    Hi Virg, I also want to learn paper piecing and have asked my LQS to offer a class. We will be doing one in the fall. There were a couple of really cute and easy Christmas patterns in a book I got at the library. I want to do them as coasters. If you can, go to the library and look through their books. I love doing this as it is FREE. Anyway, I wish I could remember the name of the book. They sell it at my LQS so the next time I go I will write it down. I also want to learn everything I can. Sorry your class was canceled. Kathryn

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    There are TONS of FREE paper piecing patterns on the internet. Just Google Foundation Piecing Quilt Patterns, and you should come up with a bunch.

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    Thanks everyone!!! Virg

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    Carol Doak is one of the best.

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    Oh yes, use the free patterns! I taught myself to PP. I read on the internet how to do it and watched a couple of videos on youtube.

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    Hi I oversized a free paper piece block and made a pillow. then 4 for a lap blanket! made great birthday presents!!

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    lots of cool free patterns online, I will surf and find links for all of us and put them in a catergory Paper Piecing Projects

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    She (Carol Doak is the best!) is wonderful and has a step by step DVD. I have it and its great. I saw it at JoAnns in one of the quilt book sections - the rack that is near the patterns (at least at my store it is located there) Not with all the quilting books!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katydid2
    Go to this site, pick a pattern (block) that is marked paper piecing that you like, print out the templates on regular computer paper, gather your fabric and away you go. Have fun! http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html
    I agree, this is a great free site.

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    I bought Carol's book to learn to pp.It has great pictures. Now I have all her CD's and I just print them off on my computer. I couldn't figure it out from the internet. My husband made 2 different light boxes for me to do the pattern to see it better.

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    visit Carol Doak's web site- there are many free paper piecing patterns- she is the queen of paper piecing- you will learn alot from her site= and be able to choose a pattern for your private class

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    Carol Doake is the queen of paper piecing. There are tons of blocks on her site for free. Your only problem is picking just one. You can probably use scraps for your first block. Pick something that you can mix other colors with and make a pillow with maybe 4 blocks.
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hattie Frances
    Quote Originally Posted by Katydid2
    Go to this site, pick a pattern (block) that is marked paper piecing that you like, print out the templates on regular computer paper, gather your fabric and away you go. Have fun! http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html
    I agree, this is a great free site.
    Definitely go to this site. Great patterns and easy to read instructions. You'll do fine. If you run into problems after, ask your questions here and plenty of folks will jump in to help. Good luck with your class. I found the process much easier once I had taken a class vs. self teaching or videos. Guess I'm just that kind of learner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    lots of cool free patterns online, I will surf and find links for all of us and put them in a catergory Paper Piecing Projects
    Now, that would be a real treat! Thanks craftybear! :wink:

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    you don't need a class just go to youtube online, they have some excellent tutes. Thats how I learned a few months ago!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by virgwid
    I am brand new to quilting. Want to try anything and everything. I signed up at the LQS for a class on paper piecing. The class got cancelled. I frankly think I was the only one who signed up. The woman offered me a private one hour lesson for the same money, and I jumped on it. I thought I had something I wanted to learn specifically, as she said bring my own material and pattern and she'd get me going, but I realize in my stupidity, what I thought was ok to paper piece is actually a needle turn applique. (A later class I also signed up for). Long story short, I'm sure they probably have a small kit or something that would work, but my paycheck was half what it should have been due to my illness, so if I can get away with not purchasing anything, or at least limit it to whatever you paper piece with, that would be best. I have a too large stash, so probably have just about any fabric that would be needed. Anybody know of any small project? I don't even know what paper piecing looks like, when its appropriate, etc. Poor lady, I don't think she knows what she's getting into! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Virg
    This would be a fun and easy block to try. you just have to down load the file.
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d...html?idx=13368

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    I agree. You don't need a class. I taught myself to paperpiece by watching free videos. About 99% of my patterns I have gotten free off the internet. I save them to my computer and mix and match them for the projects I want to create. I haven't created my own pp patterns yet. However, I feel I am on the verge of doing that some day IF I ever find the time.

    Here are two doll quilts I created with free patterns.

    You can learn it. :-D

    Flower, Trees, Houses and the 5 Fly Geese are PP and mixed with other blocks.
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    Thanks! PP is my favorite quilting project ever!

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    There are some great Foundation Paper Piecing Patterns on this web site, complete with templates.
    http://365quiltblocks.blogspot.com/
    Plus there are wonderful tutorials on this Board!
    Hope you have a lot of fun learning this technique!

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    Quilter's Cache is the BEST. They have lots of free paper piecing patterns there and even a tutorial and practice pattern. It is where I learned to paper piece. They even had an airplane pattern for my daughter and her special fella. I have a lot of their patterns (paper piecing and reqular). Love them. Give them a look in.

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    Great site, Thanks Pat.

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