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Thread: Never Paper Pieced - Looking for Recommendations

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    I have never done paper piecing and just this past week saw some beautiful paper pieced blocks at a quilt group meeting. I would love to try this and the gal that had done the blocks recommended Carol Doak's books. Do you have a favorite? Do you recommend one over another? She has so many books that I just didn't know which one to choose. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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    I would buy one of Carol Doak's books like Sensational Stars that has the foundations in pdf format on a CD. No scanning - just pop the CD into your computer and print the foundations you want in the size that you want.

    She also has a lot of free patterns on her site and she has a yahoo group with lots of activity, too.

    (And I didn't get real specific about which of her books to buy because they're all really good - each of them goes over the basics in the front and then you get the patterns. I think all of her most recent ones will have the CD of pdf patterns in them.)

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    if you go to caroldoak.com she has been refered to as the queen of pp, she has free patterns and there are tutorials.
    enjoy it, i love it.

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    LOVE Carol..and her books..but get a NEWER one with a CD in it that you can swap parts around on...

    be sure to check out her site!

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    Lots of free pp patterns on the net. There is some waste to doing that method........but sharp points and little blocks..........I like to do pp.....calla

    You might want to do a search at this site for paper pieced

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    Hands down - Carol Doak. She has a wonderful DVD to teach you PP if you cant take a class from her personally. Her yahoo group is great too.

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    quiltercache also has some paper piecing patterns. It also has a "test" learning section.

    I've really had a lot of fun trying them out.

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    You don't need a book. I learned everything from youtube for free unless you are looking for patterns
    These are the 2 videos I watched

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdYS1hzPX1o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmC62...eature=related

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    Carol's DVD on PP'ing...She shows you from start to finish...that's how I learned...I'm the type that must see rather then self teach thru book

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029
    quiltercache also has some paper piecing patterns. It also has a "test" learning section.

    I've really had a lot of fun trying them out.
    I started with QC's tutorial, then it was all "Learn To Do By Doing"!!

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    I use Carol Doak's method. Her DVD is the best I've seen to learn paper piecing. At my guild when new members ask about learning pping, this DVD is handed to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955
    Carol's DVD on PP'ing...She shows you from start to finish...that's how I learned...I'm the type that must see rather then self teach thru book
    I, too, am a very visual person. Is it just a DVD you buy or does it come with a book?

    Going to go check the recommended YouTube videos and then check on QC.

    Then I need to go check for some patterns.

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    Carol Doak is the queen of P/P ( just my opinion). She has great tutes on many of the CD's in her books. I learned to do P/P from her books ( before CD's came along).
    Once I got started ( yes the first one was tough) it required a new process that was in many ways the reverse of everything I had done. Now I just love it!!!!

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    I have the Carol Doak's DVD and I love it. That's how I learned pp, and now it is one of my favorite methods. There is quite a bit of waste with the fabric but the end results are fabulous, to me its worth the waste.

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    Join Carol's yahoo group. She works right along with everyone, and is not above trying to help the beginner. She is a wonderful person!! Everyone will do their best to help you. Any of her books will be a good buy for you. She has free patterns on her website, too!

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    Thank you everyone for your suggestions and advice. I appreciate it all. You are great.

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    go to youtube and find a video on paper piecing...it is a totally different way of "sewing a square"...Fons and Porter just had a TV show on PBS on a square for a very beautiful quilt it was called Pineapple Salsa, show #1707, and pattern featured in Sept/Oct 20101 LOQ mag....I have the pattern if you would like it.

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    My 1st PP "book" was a leaflet size how to by Carol Doak,called "Teach Me How To PP". In my opinion hands down, she's the best at explaining PP.

    Also, try your library.Start with a block that has less pieces,then move on up. Enjoy, it's fun to learn.


    Quote Originally Posted by burnsk
    I have never done paper piecing and just this past week saw some beautiful paper pieced blocks at a quilt group meeting. I would love to try this and the gal that had done the blocks recommended Carol Doak's books. Do you have a favorite? Do you recommend one over another? She has so many books that I just didn't know which one to choose. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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