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    I think I keep getting these all mixed up.

    When you tack fabric to bits of paper, and then whipstitch the bits together (like hexagons) it's called paper piecing?

    And when you draw lines on a bit of paper and sew the fabric straight to the paper with your machine it's called foundation piecing?

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    what you are calling paper piecing is called either "english paper piecing" or paper piecing. You are right about the foundation piecing. However, what is called foundation piecing is often called just paper piecing. Confused more yet??? :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    I think I keep getting these all mixed up.

    When you tack fabric to bits of paper, and then whipstitch the bits together (like hexagons) it's called paper piecing?

    And when you draw lines on a bit of paper and sew the fabric straight to the paper with your machine it's called foundation piecing?
    That's the way I understood it Blue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by camillacamilla
    what you are calling paper piecing is called either "english paper piecing" or paper piecing. You are right about the foundation piecing. However, what is called foundation piecing is often called just paper piecing. Confused more yet??? :mrgreen:
    What's my name again?!? LOL

    English paper piecing rings a bell, I've seen that phrase used.

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    Great! just when I am finally getting up my nerve to try !T, now you go and change the names on me, or at least give me the right names, (head is spinning round and round).

    :lol: :lol:

    I have no idea what the name is, still scares me.

    The world of paper piecing, where no Ninnie has gone before!


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    The techniques are a breeze, it's the names I can't hack! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    The techniques are a breeze, it's the names I can't hack! LOL

    Sure BC, easy for you! I, on the other hand like working with mathematics, squares rectangles, triangles, even curves don't scare me, but PP I shutter.


    Going to try it in a couple of weeks, time to catch up and around here and get my nerve up,,LOL


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    Dude... I have a maths brain too! I love patterns, sequences, geometric shapes, etc. So if I can do it, you can too. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    Dude... I have a maths brain too! I love patterns, sequences, geometric shapes, etc. So if I can do it, you can too. :-)
    TY BC, TY




    I think I can, I think I can, I think I can! Choo Choo !




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    You guys are too funny lol. Ok, here it is:

    English paper piecing is the hexagony paper templates

    Paper piecing is lines drawn on paper that you sew the fabric to

    Foundation piecing, is using fabric as a foundation, with lines drawn on the fabric, done exactly same as paper piecing, only you dont tear away the fabric after like you do paper :) :) :) See im smart lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    You guys are too funny lol. Ok, here it is:

    English paper piecing is the hexagony paper templates

    Paper piecing is lines drawn on paper that you sew the fabric to

    Foundation piecing, is using fabric as a foundation, with lines drawn on the fabric, done exactly same as paper piecing, only you dont tear away the fabric after like you do paper :) :) :) See im smart lol


    :lol: :lol: :lol: no i can't, no i can't, no i cant.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    You guys are too funny lol. Ok, here it is:

    English paper piecing is the hexagony paper templates

    Paper piecing is lines drawn on paper that you sew the fabric to

    Foundation piecing, is using fabric as a foundation, with lines drawn on the fabric, done exactly same as paper piecing, only you dont tear away the fabric after like you do paper :) :) :) See im smart lol


    :lol: :lol: :lol: no i can't, no i can't, no i cant.



    Ninnie
    LOL Yes you can yes you can! lol Paper piecing is the most brilliant thing ever invented, all you need is that light-bulb moment, and then you'll be hooked :)

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    I made my firat and only.. so far lap quilt by ENGLISH PAPER PIECING whereby I cut out triangles and squares from fabric and paper, leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance, the fabrci is tacked to the papers, then whipped stitched together.. once all the 'shapes' are stitched into blocks, and the blocks made up into the quilt.. you take out the tacking and papers, which come out easy... its a long task, but I enjoy this method as you can take it ' on the go' and sit and watch tv while doing something useful.. by this method I have made lots of patchwork cushions, tote bags, place mats. As yet... I have never tried machining!!! but will have to give it a go.. just scared :roll: the lap quilt I made was the Shoo Fly pattern block... binding and quilted by hand.. wish I could post pics though... :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by elliemay
    I made my firat and only.. so far lap quilt by ENGLISH PAPER PIECING whereby I cut out triangles and squares from fabric and paper, leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance, the fabrci is tacked to the papers, then whipped stitched together.. once all the 'shapes' are stitched into blocks, and the blocks made up into the quilt.. you take out the tacking and papers, which come out easy... its a long task, but I enjoy this method as you can take it ' on the go' and sit and watch tv while doing something useful.. by this method I have made lots of patchwork cushions, tote bags, place mats. As yet... I have never tried machining!!! but will have to give it a go.. just scared :roll: the lap quilt I made was the Shoo Fly pattern block... binding and quilted by hand.. wish I could post pics though... :roll:
    Tell hubby if he makes you shelves for your fabric, you'll buy him a digital camera! (then you can use it - but don't tell him that:!) Good idea? Or not?! :wink: :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    You guys are too funny lol. Ok, here it is:

    English paper piecing is the hexagony paper templates

    Paper piecing is lines drawn on paper that you sew the fabric to

    Foundation piecing, is using fabric as a foundation, with lines drawn on the fabric, done exactly same as paper piecing, only you dont tear away the fabric after like you do paper :) :) :) See im smart lol


    :lol: :lol: :lol: no i can't, no i can't, no i cant.



    Ninne, Yes you can! If you are close to Raleigh, let me know and I'll show you how it's done. Once you get the hang of it, it's fun, trust me!



    Ninnie

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    That is so sweet of you LoraJ, but I'm about 2 hours from Raleigh, so a long drive! In about 2 weeks, as soon as I get caught up with have toos, I am going to sit down and learn, will be posting many questions I'm sure, so stay handy! :D


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    I think I keep getting these all mixed up.

    When you tack fabric to bits of paper, and then whipstitch the bits together (like hexagons) it's called paper piecing?

    And when you draw lines on a bit of paper and sew the fabric straight to the paper with your machine it's called foundation piecing?
    it's like this: paper piecing - you tear the paper off after you have finished sewing fabric to the paper. foundation piecing - you sew your fabric pieces to another piece of backing fabric, you leave that backing fabric on there of course and continue sewing both layers together to form your quilt top.

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    It is easier to do than explain! :?

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