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    I use vellum paper for large pping which tears off clean. For very intricate pping I use this:

    http://www.softexpressions.com/Merch...tegory_Code=2j

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    You can avoid the removing paper step! : http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21
    So much easier! And templates don't shift, can be reused many times.[/quote]

    This is the way I always do it. You can use the same pattern 6-10 times at least. Just remember to do a really good job of folding the paper in the first steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I started the Jinny's Garden paper pieced quilt pattern yesterday and just finished the 6th block. (It is 1:00 pm) I am exausted and I have the worst mess you have ever seen. Paper, Paper and scraps, scraps everywhere. Is there a neat way to do this?
    :lol: I know what you mean!

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    LOL I know the mess of pp, and it always looks like I have a new floor, I bring in the shop vac and it all just gets sucked up. Our housekeeper dislikes my pp projects. I have royal blue carpet in my office where I sew when I think about it, it looks like i just dumped the paper shreder onto the floor.
    enjoy it,
    Sandra

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    There was a very clear tutorial posted yesterday. You might want to look for it.

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    I feel the same way almostfree, It drives me crazy, I see what is being done but am missing a link somewhere. It makes me grrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I started the Jinny's Garden paper pieced quilt pattern yesterday and just finished the 6th block. (It is 1:00 pm) I am exausted and I have the worst mess you have ever seen. Paper, Paper and scraps, scraps everywhere. Is there a neat way to do this?
    I love to PP. Where did you find this pattern?

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    I enjoy paper piecing but I've only done small projects.

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    http://www.jinnybeyer.com/jgfeb11/

    This is the link but hurray only a few more days left. I too loved it but no way was I starting it now so with some help from board members I saved it to documents.
    How about some block pictures pollyv9?
    Gale

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    I hate removing the paper, started using wash away stabilizer, so much easier.

    It now even comes in sheets to go through the printer, no more tracing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Do not give up.

    If someone were to tell me their first PP experience went smoothly, I would not believe them. It's an incredibly a$$ backwards kind of technique - which I now happen to love.

    My first block, about 10 years ago, was one of Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous stars. It took 2 hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS.

    And you haven't yet put together your top ....wait until you see the "mess" when you start removing the paper.

    I do feel your pain.;) ;)
    You can avoid the removing paper step! : http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21
    So much easier! And templates don't shift, can be reused many times.
    I'm just learning to pp and this is the best method I've found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    Another question: I am removing the paper as I complete a block, am I not supposed to? I am using a very tight stitch so getting the paper off is no problem.

    Also, this was a BOM and in going through the Links and Resources yesterday I saw a post that said Jinny's Garden BOM block still free until March 1st, so of course, I had to see what it was and then started printing. Even though this is my 1st pp I think I am going to love the quilt.
    You should wait to remove the paper until the project is complete. You are working with many biased edges usually when PP'ing and the paper keeps them sturdy and from stretching. Once you have the edges secure you can remove the paper. I also use Vellum paper that has 25% rag and it tears easily and clean.

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    I used to do lots of pp and would end up with thousands of paper bits all around me. Got fed up so I decided to eliminate the paper. I started printing my pp patterns onto lightweight stabilizer... the stabilizer becomes the foundation. Then whenever I run into major seam intersections, I will clip out stabilizer to lessen the bulk.

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    You can find it at Erica's crafts. Just google paper for paper piecing that dissolves in water and you will get a whole list of places.
    Erica's carries the Carol Doaks supplies for paper piecing. I found it as the last item on the page of the website.

    Quote Originally Posted by kreinhart742
    There is a paper that disolves with water that might be easier to use for paper piecing. Sorry but don't remember the name. :(

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    What kind of stabilizer do you use? Doesn't it make it a bit stiff?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Holiday
    I used to do lots of pp and would end up with thousands of paper bits all around me. Got fed up so I decided to eliminate the paper. I started printing my pp patterns onto lightweight stabilizer... the stabilizer becomes the foundation. Then whenever I run into major seam intersections, I will clip out stabilizer to lessen the bulk.

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    I used the lightest stablizer I could find... wasn't particular about brand, as long as it was real lightweight. To print on it I ironed it to freezer paper. Piecing with the stabilizer didn't make it too bulky because I would clip it off when I had several seam intersecting.
    I probably would have used the dissolving kind if it existed back in the 80s when I was doing a lot of pp.

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    I make a mess too, but it is totally worth it. I love the 'exactness' of the paper piecing.

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    Thanks for sharing this link. I'm going to try it when I get home.
    It looks easier than what I've done before.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie
    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Do not give up.

    If someone were to tell me their first PP experience went smoothly, I would not believe them. It's an incredibly a$$ backwards kind of technique - which I now happen to love.

    My first block, about 10 years ago, was one of Carol Doak's 50 Fabulous stars. It took 2 hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS.

    And you haven't yet put together your top ....wait until you see the "mess" when you start removing the paper.

    I do feel your pain.;) ;)
    You can avoid the removing paper step! : http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21
    So much easier! And templates don't shift, can be reused many times.

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    I use the method Kitsie suggested. Just have to take a minute or two to get your head around the way this works. Beautiful points - no torn paper, no stretched fabric, no loosened seams, etc. Love it!

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    I know it is tedious but it produces the best, most perfect finished look. I can't hand piece to make it look as good as paper piecing and I have been quilting for 40 years. It has such precision that it is worth it. I do believe you need to do other projects besides PP at the same time to get a little break from it, but nothing turns out better for sure! Hang in there. Jinny Beyers stuff is gorgeous but does take a little extra time and skill. It will be a wonderful prize quilt when you are done. I can't wait to see your results.

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    Claddaughquilting -- I can definitely identify with all the mistakes that can be made in one block. Polly, don't give up, it does get easier and it has taken me TWO weeks to piece 5 of Carol Doak's Maine Star. I am using many colors in each block and trying to keep each block a little bit different so it becomes a challenge. Before I get all the colors successfully sewn in place, most of the selected colors have wound up on the floor in a jumbled mess and I can't remember which piece I intended to sew where. If I can stick with it, it will make a striking quilt........

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    I love paper piecing. I really like the fact that I don't have to cut the pieces precisely? to start. And I use thin sew in interfacing and you don't have anything to remove when you are done!!

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    I tend to be a neat freak when it comes to PPing. I have two bins next to me. A small one on the table for the fabric scraps and a large recycle bin on the floor right below where I am trimming for the paper pieces. Doing it this way keeps the area I am working on clear of debris.

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    I was lucky enough to help our guild's presidents do the Bali Double Wedding ring, it was all paper pieced, but it is beautiful! We are selling raffle tickets for it and will give it away at our show in Nov.. It is really "futsy", but well worth the work, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Quote Originally Posted by peggymunday
    I realize it's "paper" piecing, but I like to trace the pattern onto a lightweight fabric like muslin (just lay the fabric over the pattern and copy with pencil) and then use it like the paper pattern. No need to tear away and it gives the piece more stability without being too thick. It made for quick work for some TUIT's that I did for a women's meeting at the church. I made 16 of these in just a couple of days.
    But that's one continuous pattern. You start and keep going around, and there aren't different sections that need to meet up in the center.

    Which is why I always say that there are many PP techniques, but not all work for all PP situations. So it's good to learn them as many as possible as each has its pros and cons.

    For example, I would never do a complicated Mariner's Compass using muslin foundation.

    I shiver just thinking about the extra bulk. But your example, or a string quilt, sure, without hesitation.

    Or I've even used the Benartex NYBeauty pre-printed muslin foundations - but that's because there aren't points matching up with other points.

    The term paper piecing is almost used generically.I think all these comments cover "foundation" piecing. And then it's your choice of the foundation and method.
    No, it isn't a continuous pattern for the TUIT, it's 3 seperate pieces. But it really didn't create much bulk having the foundation out of muslin instead of tear away paper. Here's the free pattern from Paper Panache if anyone would like it. It offers 2 different sizes, mine is the 7.25"
    http://www.paperpanache.com/free/guestpats/atuit.htm

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