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    Paper Piecing question

    I just watched a video about paper piecing and am wondering if it is essential that I buy the add-a-quarter ruler to learn how to piece this way? Can't I use a regular ruler for trimming?

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    I would think that ruler would be easier but not a must. BUT.... I am just guessing... what video did you watch?
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    You can use a regular ruler but just be careful that it doesn't slip and you cut your seem allowance off (ask me how I know LOL) . Give paper piecing a go and if you think you will be doing lots more of it then I would get the add-a-quarter ruler, I love mine.
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    Its a lot easier with the add a quarter ruler

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    Don't tell the quilt police, but I just grab my scissors & slice off an approximate "" seam allowance. It doesn't really make alot of difference if you are going to be using the printed line on your paper as your guide, BUT if you want to use the " seam allowance as your guide, the I think that particular ruler would be very helpful.

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    Actually two and they both used it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2gKMx9CCM

    And I just finished watching this one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdYS1hzPX1o

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    Scissors would be a lot cheaper than buying more rulers.....

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    I paper piece a lot and use the various sized rulers that I use for rotary cutting (4.5", 6.5", 9.5" and 12.5" squares). I did not purchase the add-a-quarter ruler...and I tend to purchase every gadget I can get my hands on!
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    I've been paper piecing for years and use a ruler I already own with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrappy Gram View Post
    I just watched a video about paper piecing and am wondering if it is essential that I buy the add-a-quarter ruler to learn how to piece this way? Can't I use a regular ruler for trimming?
    The add a quarter is essential imho. They are not $$. Are you watching Carol Doaks video.

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    i paper pieced for years without a special ruler- but now that i have the 1/4" ruler...i love it & wonder why it took me so long to try it out. it is not a must- but it does make things easier. just one of those things- and i must admit- i had it for probably 6 months (it was a gift) before i finally took it out & tried it...now i use it all the time! thinking about getting the 1/8" one next for the mini paper pieced blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i paper pieced for years without a special ruler- but now that i have the 1/4" ruler...i love it & wonder why it took me so long to try it out. it is not a must- but it does make things easier. just one of those things- and i must admit- i had it for probably 6 months (it was a gift) before i finally took it out & tried it...now i use it all the time! thinking about getting the 1/8" one next for the mini paper pieced blocks.
    Ditto, Iam doing a mini at the moment and the add an 1/8 th would be fantastic BTW I only paid $5-98 from Hancocks of Paducah for the 6" one they are $13-00 here in Australia,
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    I have had no problems using a regular ruler.
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    Because I want to keep sewing I use the Add-a-Quarter ruler. I know I can be easily distracted when cutting and after all the work I have already put inot something I don't want to make a really bad error.

    Just saying what works for me.

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    If it is the paperless paper piecing, the add a 1/4 ruler will give you more accurate designs. Especially important if it is a pattern that has several units that you join. The ruler has a little ridge that lets you snuggle it close to the folded paper and cut the exact 1/4 seam allowance. The 1/4 seam allowance is the guide for where you place the next piece of fabric.

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    I have been paper piecing for years all with just my regular rotary cutting ruler.

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    not a must you can add a quarter with any ruler

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    Ditto the others --- easier, but not necessary and I use scissors once in a while, too.
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    I took a paper piecing class and the add-a-quarter ruler was one of the items we were supposed to bring with us or purchase. I purchased one and it is still sealed in the original packaging, because I found that using the quarter-inch line on my 5 x 24 gave me a lot more control.
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    Ditto the others --- easier, but not necessary and I use scissors once in a while, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma View Post
    Ditto the others --- easier, but not necessary and I use scissors once in a while, too.
    Exactly what I do!
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    I would not think it a must, Just put blue painters tape under the 1/4" line on any ruler so you will remember to use that line. I do this on a ruler when I cut strips or whatever.
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    It's one of the few gadgets that I would replace if I broke or lost mine. Essential? No. Helpful? Very.

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    Try watching Craftsy's free Block of the Month video. One month is a paper pieced blocked. The video will help you. I believe it is October. http://www.craftsy.com

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    Not a must, but many will tell you including me that it is well worth the money. It makes cutting a lot easier because it has a raised lip which regular rulers don't have that buts perfectly up against the paper so you have no shifting problems like with a regular ruler
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