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Thread: Paper Piecing -- Mistakes I Made

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    That is a truly beautiful quilt - not sure why you are so worried, don't think the 1/8"seams should be a problem especially since with PP you normally use a very small stitch. I haven't done that star block yet but think I will have to after seeing your quilt. It is kind of hard getting used to PP, but once you get the hang of it you are good to go.

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    What a great looking quilt!!!!! I love paper piecing. There has been some discussion about wasting fabric, but for me....the cutting mistakes that I have made making traditional blocks far out weigh the waste with paper piecing. I like it because I can cut my pieces and they don't have to be straight or be an exact size. Just close with a little extra. So I do have a little waste.

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    Gorgeous! No bleeding fabrics? Even better! So, the manufacturer of the fabrics, please?

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    Your quilt is wonderful after your trials and tribulations with paper piecing. Congratulations on finishing it.
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    For all the troubles you had to get there, it is beautiful. Your did a great job

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    What a fantastic quilt, that is absolutely beautiful!!
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    I got quite a chuckle and a few large ha-ha's from reading your thread. Sounds like probably what most any of us go through when first paper-piecing. That said, I must say that your results in no way show the torturous route traveled to get there. It is beautiful!
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    I took a course with Carol Doak. I had paper pieced before but after being taught by the master I now like this method the best. She is just lovely and a patient teacher. Her tips and tricks really helped me. I still have problems with triangles and still have to rip out a seam or two but I love the end result. I also love her miniature quilts.
    When I bought her book and put the CD in my computer the first time I heard a crack. It had broken in half. I went online and called the contact number and left a message. Carol called me back in a few minutes. She had her publicist mail me another CD and I got it in 2 days! She offered to put some of my quilts on her website. I have made so many from her patterns that I have lost count. I am currently making a weding quilt for my daughter from her 50 paper pieced stars. I have about 30 done and it has only taken me 6 years!!!!!!! My daughter and her husband just celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary and have 2 little girls. She mentions the quilt quite often. Every retreat I go on, I make a couple more. I told her maybe for her 10th....

    Your quilt is just gorgeous. If I could figure out how to upload a pic or two I would share my Maine star with you!

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    Well all your frustration and hard work payed off! It is beautiful !

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    It was sure worth the effort - your finished quilt is absolutely beautiful. GREAT job !!!
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    Wow! If you come out with something so beautiful making all those mistakes[your words,ha], there's no telling what you will do with the next one.

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    Lovely quilt - even if it was "hard earned".
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    You would never know you had problems! This is a truly gorgeous quilt!

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    Valerie Ann -- Last Super Bowl Weekend, I saw a good deal on fat quarters online on Hoffman fabrics called Batik Tutti Fruitti so that was perfect to get me started. I added other bright colors from "wherever" as I went along. I found a Moda Kona Black at Joann's and that was the one I was most worried about.
    Thanks all for the compliments..........

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    If I can make those same mistakes, will my quilt turn out to be as stunning as yours? LOL Silly woman, you did a fantastic job and no one, NO ONE is going to notice any of those mistakes.

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    Stunning...absolutley stunning grocifer. I am interested in PP. I went to the Quilt Pro site and the software is still half price, provided it is the software I am looking for. I am new to quilting and after reading this thread I think I need to learn it right from the get go...lol...if there is such a thing. There are 3 Carol Doak's software CD's. I just dont know which
    one(s) I should get. May someone could help me out here? These are today only .

    http://www.quiltpro.com/go.php?id=Fo...igner_Mainpage

    http://www.quiltpro.com/go.php?id=Fo...0_Fab_Mainpage

    http://www.quiltpro.com/go.php?id=Fo...40_BB_Mainpage

    You will have to copy/paste these links as I don't know how to post links. Would I be betteroff to purchase the books with the CD's?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. If I can even make something, anything that compares to your quilt Grocifer I will bw tickled pink.

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    that is a very beautiful quilt!!
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    It is beautiful but doesn't look like p piecing. Your experience sounds like some of my fiasco's!
    I guess we all suffer with our quilting.
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    Have a wonderful Quilting Day, make it your way!
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    What a beauty! I avoid paper piecing. I waste so much fabric cutting pieces big enough to cover the shape and getting the right angle and so on. I sure like the precision when it's done, however.

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    Wow that is a great quilt and I don't see a single problem.


    Quote Originally Posted by grocifer View Post
    Bellaboo was right -- it is hard to learn paper piecing from a book.

    1.My first mistake was ordering a used Carol Doak book online that was missing the CD -- after all I can read!
    However I failed to notice that she wrote "after making copies of sections A and B, cut the triangles 0NE HALF inch from the outside line." I made ALL my outside lines also 1/4". (I am such a creature of habit.....)

    2. When I went to sew the segments together, I wound up with less than 1/8" seams in some places and even wound up with only a few threads in other places.

    3. To remedy this, I decided to try using some fray block but the tube was dried up.
    Okay .... then decided I would try Fray Check. Planned to dab it on sparingly with q-tip then discovered I was out of them too. Mind you, this was in the middle of a bad snowstorm so couldn't get to the mall.

    4. Of course, the fray check was slightly noticeable on the right side so resorted to using a Sharpie pen to remedy that. Still worrying the seams might come loose, I used small pieces of lightwt. fusible interfacing for re-enforcement.

    5. Also should have pressed some of my seams open and wound up with lumpy centers so took a mallet and clapper to those.

    6. Had planned to SID around the star segments but broke several needles trying to penetrate some of the thick seams. Free motioned it instead with my Viking 1+.

    With a great deal of regret (over not prewashing) and trepidation, I finally lucked out and not one fabric bled -- not even the black or reds.
    Sorry this post was so long.
    Now if my luck will just hold out one more time I will try to post a picture...........

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    I had tried paper piecing but somehow always messed up. One day at a gifted quilter friend's house I asked her for some tips on this. She generously led me through the process. We actually made a whole beautiful star block. I had made this paper piecing a monster in my head and when I did it step by step with her it turned out to be a pussy cat. If you have someone show you one on one, I think it is better. Now, I use the book for the pattern only and skip the directions as I think I may be brain cell impaired.

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    NanaCsews2 I hated that test and fell for once in third grade. Boy did I listen to directions ever since then. I only answered a few questions before the teacher reminded us to read the directions first. Ha. Beautifull quilt. It's the pitts when things go wrong though. Especially if you are a new quilter.

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    Carols 50 star book is an older book and the cd that came with it does not have patterns. It is more of a preview of paper piecing. The 50 Star pattern CD was a separate purchase. Her later books with CDs do in fact contain patterns, but not the 50 Star one. I bought one for the patterns and watched the one in the book today. If someone is missing the book CD, you really arent missing much.

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The cds that come with Carol Doak's books are not how to paper piece, they are for printing out the block patterns. Foundation Factory is a software program that is all for paper piecing. All of Carol Doaks cds will install to Foundation Factory but also will stand alone. FF was on sale a few weeks ago for 50% off at Quilt Pro website. Quilt Pro is a quilt program that will support FF in designing quilts.

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    That is stunning. I'm glad you kept at it, now enjoy!!

    piney

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    Love to paper piece! Just started experimenting with using fabric - a light weight muslin or something cheap - instead of paper. Has been working so far and you don't have any paper to tear off....just leave the fabric on. The only thing I'm trying to figure out is an easier way to get the pattern onto the muslin. I've used transfer paper but need to find dark colors so I can see the pattern better. Where-oh-where is good ol' fashioned carbon paper?!

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