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Thread: Paper Piecing this design - A few tips would be helpful

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    Junior Member malfromcessnock's Avatar
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    Hello ladies - I want to put a "Monogram Block" on the backs of my quilts (call it ego - or just for prosperity).

    Below I have uploaded two images. The end result, albiet only a photoshop illustration and secondly the method.

    With the "method" I have not used colour and have numbered each of the elements.

    Could those of you who are experienced with Paper Piecing please cast you eye on this and let me know if I am on the right track and whether or not this is a workable design and method.

    I have seen a Leah Day video and I imagine you begin at one end and finish at the other. Piecing the top and bottom last.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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    I begin with the "L" and then return and do it left to right. Then top and bottom
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    Assuming, as you said, that you want to do it on one foundation.

    You need to split #2 into two pieces as you can't piece a shape like that.
    So it would be 1, 2A, 2B.
    Just draw a line splitting that alcove off.

    And the current 3-11 positions need to be reversed.

    After you do the 1/2 section, then you'll have a straight line to add the next piece to the left (currently 11 but should be 3).

    There really isn't a #12 like you have as it would already be pieced.

    The last strip on the right can be added anytime after the 1/2A piece is sewn.

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    That is really nice. Great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    You need to split #2 into two pieces as you can't piece a shape as is.
    So it would be 1, 2A, 2B. Just draw a line splitting that alcove off.

    And the current 3-11 positions need to be reversed.

    After you do the 1/2 section, then you'll have a straight line to add the next piece to the left (currently 11 but should be 3).
    ditto!!

    What a unique idea ... nothing wrong with that at all!

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    And I think it's very cool you've made your own unique logo.

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    Perfect suggestions from MTS...split the L across, not up and down...sew 1 and 2, then add the bottom 2B...

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    OK, thanks ladies.

    I'll make some changes and get back to ya's

    I was wondering how I'd handle 1 & 2 - lol

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    I agree with MTS - Split the "L". And so the order like she suggests. Also, if you've never done paper piecing before, lower your stitch length to about 1.5 and use a size 14 needle. When you are coming to those points, sew just a HAIR to the inside of the lines, so when you add the border, you won't be cutting off the points. Ask me how I know this! Design looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellabella
    Perfect suggestions from MTS...split the L across, not up and down...sew 1 and 2, then add the bottom 2B...
    tellabella, do you suggest splitting the "L" on the horizontal line where it takes the dive to the right?

    You know, I was instinctively going to cut it vertically. Thanks, you got me just in the nick of time.

    Is there a difference?

    Now I have these suggestions I could also put a cross piece in the "A" so as to make it less abstract. What do you think? Or do you like the abstract?

    Hugs,

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    It really doesn't make a difference if you split the L vertically or horizontally. It's the same fabric, but you'd have a bigger piece if you went horizontally.

    If you want to bridge the A, you've now created a problem for yourself. ;-)

    Paper piecing, at least this kind, requires a full straight edge for placement of the next piece.

    You need to split #9 (using the nos in your diagram) into 3 pieces.

    But going left to right, after you've sewn #10, you now have an edge that goes the length of the letter.
    You'd be able add piece 9A, but there is no way to pp the 9B and 9C.
    So that won't work.

    What you would need to do is break

    ack - see next post

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    You're unreal MTS - I'm following ya!

    Like, the problem will be keeping the "bridge" of the "A" horizontal after piecing it to the pieces on its left and right? I think I'm getting it?

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    What you could do is break the foundation into 2 parts - MA in one, and the L in the other.

    This is the reality of PP and why you often see multiple foundations making up one image. It's just the nature of the technique.
    The trick is to recognize when you might be piecing yourself into a hole. ;-)
    And that just comes with practice. You'll soon be able to recognize it as well.

    So, ifyou want the bridge, here's how I'd do it.

    You start with the 3 pieces of the #9 section, and then work to your right and left.

    You see how each successive piece would cover the exposed edge of the prior piece? That's how pp has to work (99.9% of the time).

    The L is a separate piece.

    Remember to add the 1/4 in fabric for the seam allowance on all sides of the foundations.

    When they're both done, you join them together, and then put your top and bottom border on.

    I have to say, I kinda like the abstract-y-ness ;-) of your original logo.
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    MTS, thanks for your help.

    I'll stick to the original but borrow your important technique to make the "L" workable.

    I'm so looking forward to doing it and showing you the results.

    But, have been busy working on my winter Soccer Group photos - putting them into presentation folders tonight and delivering them Wednesday. Then FINISHED for a few weeks.

    Then I'll be really getting to know my new interest in quilting!

    God Bless you MTS and the rest of this helpful forum.

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    My first paper piecing - monogram block.

    An example of what I want to stitch onto the back of each of my projects.

    Not perfect - but I'm pleased. Poor choice of colours but I was using scrappy stuff.

    This took me 3 hours - wow! I guess that was a long time for such a simple block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malfromcessnock
    This took me 3 hours - wow! I guess that was a long time for such a simple block.
    Everyone's - and I mean EVERYONE's - first pp experience is less than .......ideal (to put it midly).

    My first star (one of Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous) took HOURS to complete, accompanied by many #($#&$ outbursts.
    But now I LOVE the technique.

    I think your logo looks fabulous. Exactly like your original drawing - totally unique.

    It will get easier, and it will go faster.

    Congratulations!!

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    I am just loving the idea of creating a logo type block for the back of a quilt. Thanks for posting this topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I am just loving the idea of creating a logo type block for the back of a quilt. Thanks for posting this topic.
    Lori S - it was my pleasure. Give it a go, you've got nothing to lose, except some valuable hours! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Assuming, as you said, that you want to do it on one foundation.

    You need to split #2 into two pieces as you can't piece a shape like that.
    So it would be 1, 2A, 2B.
    Just draw a line splitting that alcove off.

    And the current 3-11 positions need to be reversed.

    After you do the 1/2 section, then you'll have a straight line to add the next piece to the left (currently 11 but should be 3).

    There really isn't a #12 like you have as it would already be pieced.

    The last strip on the right can be added anytime after the 1/2A piece is sewn.
    What she said! Lol Before I even finished what you wanted to do, I told myself yur order was wrong. Follow what she said and it will turn out great, Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Everyone's - and I mean EVERYONE's - first pp experience is less than .......ideal (to put it midly).

    My first star (one of Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous) took HOURS to complete, accompanied by many #($#&$ outbursts.
    But now I LOVE the technique.

    I think your logo looks fabulous. Exactly like your original drawing - totally unique.

    It will get easier, and it will go faster.

    Congratulations!!
    Thank you MTS - your words of encouragement are very helpful!
    I'd really like to do it in denim but wonder whether the tips of the "A" are too thin for such a thick fabric?

    I wonder what you think?

    I used scraps from my stash to make this but found when pressing the yellow and red were a blend and started being affected by the heat of the iron.

    On another note, I've decided not to use steam anymore - I think it distorts the prepared blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdek

    What she said! Lol Before I even finished what you wanted to do, I told myself yur order was wrong. Follow what she said and it will turn out great, Mal.
    and it did. MTS's advice worked a treat. I had no idea. Without the help of this board and a tute I found on the net I would have been completely lost!

    Thanks for your words of encouragement!

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