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    Paper piecing Patterns

    I like paper piecing but have not made a quilt of my own yet with a Paper piecing pattern. I was at a Retreat last week and a lady was doing the Crackers Pattern by Judy Niemeyer. I like this pattern but don't know if I want to make this one or not. I am looking for some other Paper piecing patterns that are not too complex so they don't take me forever to make. I do NOT want to do a complex Judy Niemeyer one. My life it so busy-I know I would never get it done. I would like to hear suggestions for the paper piecing patterns.

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    she can be pretty complex. i have one now by Jinny Beyer. I have trouble getting my head around the pattern pieces because i don't want to do it as paper piecing. means i must use the side without the pattern on it. I will trace on the window and then it should work. Good luck.

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    If you have not done much PPing, personally, I wouldn't start with a Judy Niemeyer pattern.
    Not saying that you couldn't, but for me I would sooner work on something I knew I could handle before I went for a challenge such as that!

    I learned PPing doing the FWS blocks.
    When I started, I figured, that if it was not for me, all would not be lost as I could have a bunch of mini quilts or pot holders, using the single blocks. Or could put a few together for a table topper or runner. A few more for a baby quilt, more for a throw, and so on! Yes, I got to the end and even made some extras. I discovered that I loved PPing, but at the start? Nope! I'm glad I gave it a fair chance!

    Other good starters along with the FWS might be the PC or DJ quilt or other similar ones.
    That way you can do individual blocks as you build your PPing skills and confidence.
    You'll then know if a JN is for you!
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    Will you please tell me what you mean by FWS, PC, and DJ?
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    You might find something on Carol Doak's site. I listed a link to her free patterns. I made a small wall hanging years back using a simple block but when put together made a complicated looking quilt.

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php

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    I have Carol Doak's 50 paper piercing stars book. very easy to follow and make wonderful blocks.
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    I agree that Carol Doak makes some very doable patterns and her book is very good.

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    I would find a PP block that you like and make a small quilt alternating the pieced block with a plain one.

    FWS, PC, and DJ
    Farmer's Wife Sampler
    Don't know PC.. hopefully someone will respond
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    I posted this earlier this week but I will post it here as well. Click the Free Paper Piecing Pattern tab at the top of www.wombatquilts.com

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    You could also check out quilterscache.com. They have some great pp'ing blocks there with ideas for each block to make a full quilt in various sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pewa88 View Post
    You might find something on Carol Doak's site. I listed a link to her free patterns. I made a small wall hanging years back using a simple block but when put together made a complicated looking quilt.

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    I second this suggestion. I used one of her free patterns to try out paper piecing. It was pretty simple and made a lovely block. Someday I will use it to make an entire quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sushi View Post
    QuiltE,
    Will you please tell me what you mean by FWS, PC, and DJ?
    Sushi .... Yes, Paper Princess has it right ....

    FWS = Farmer's Wife Sampler
    PC = Pony Club (designed by the same person as FWS)
    DJ = Dear Jane

    If you want to get a look at these, all of these quilts have been
    QALs (= Quilt-A-Longs) here on the QB (= Quilting Board)
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    I learned paper piecing by taking a craftsy class. You might try the Craftsy website, they may have some simple beginner paper piecing patterns. If you can, I would look for one that has less 'point matching' to start with. I like paper piecing fun pictoral blocks, but I'm not sure I would have gotten far if I started with a complicated star!
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    Many of the quilt magazines have a paper piecing pattern in them. You might find one you like in one of the magazines.
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    While not exactly easy, Fandom in Stitches has lots of fun, free paper piecing blocks. You could make as many or as few as you want.
    http://www.fandominstitches.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I posted this earlier this week but I will post it here as well. Click the Free Paper Piecing Pattern tab at the top of www.wombatquilts.com
    Tartan:
    These are really cute blocks - I love paper piecing and these are some good ones. Thanks for sharing.

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    The best way to learn paper piecing is to use the Thangles papers. Then work up to more difficult patterns. Some shops use the Thangles to make 'buck a Block quilts. You pay a $1 (or more in some shops) and get two strips of fabric that you use with the Thangles to make a block. Next month you get more strips until you have enough blocks for your quilt. You can then purchase a finishing kit.
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    I would start with a pattern I like and make a small wall hanging. I made an off "center pineapple pp" and loved working on it and the outcome. Though I did scale it down to a wall hanging.

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    I started with the Quilters Cache PPing tutorial.
    It makes a SIAS, so I FC some centres and made a couple of mug rugs.
    Then made a few more and joined them for a small topper or wall hanging.
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    Maybe you would be interested in this Storm at Sea pattern.
    http://www.generations-quilt-pattern...sea-quilt.html
    This link is a free pattern. It's only two easy blocks, but the variety of results is nearly endless.

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    I would like to sometime do some pping too. Thanks for posting Carol Doak PPing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pewa88 View Post
    You might find something on Carol Doak's site. I listed a link to her free patterns. I made a small wall hanging years back using a simple block but when put together made a complicated looking quilt.

    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    I agree -- Carol Doak is a great teacher for pp. I have her 50 stars book and I have done her smaller blocks -- great practice without wasting a lot of fabric.
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    I learned PP from the Farmer's Wife 1930's book. A group here on the board were making the blocks together... we made two a week until we had all hundred or so. That much PP, that often, really cemented the process in my head. If I just tried to PP infrequently, I'd forget and have to learn it over and over. But after 100 little blocks, I'll never forget!

    It's really fun and you don't have to waste a lot of fabric once you get proficient at it.
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