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Paper Piecing is Exausting

Old 02-25-2011, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by almostfree
I just don't get it! I have watched and looked at so many tutorials for this, but it doesn't make any sense to me! Am I the only one?
It's really not the type of technique you can just read about and "get" the concept. You have to have paper and fabric sitting at the sewing machine.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:03 PM
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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.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by almostfree
I just don't get it! I have watched and looked at so many tutorials for this, but it doesn't make any sense to me! Am I the only one?
No, you're not the only one. My sister, although she loved the birthday quilt I made for her, could not grasp the concept, even when I demonstrated the technique for her in person. Sometimes it just takes doing it several times before it makes sense.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:12 PM
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OMG, I thought I was the only one to do that.
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Old 02-25-2011, 04:21 PM
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I never have a mess pping. Is it from removing the paper? I use the freezer paper method that makes you fold the paper back, and sew against the edge of it. No ripping. I'd find ripping paper a waste of time.
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I use vellum paper for large pping which tears off clean. For very intricate pping I use this:

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Old 02-25-2011, 05:32 PM
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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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Old 02-25-2011, 05:49 PM
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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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Old 02-25-2011, 05:58 PM
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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,
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:13 PM
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There was a very clear tutorial posted yesterday. You might want to look for it.
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