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Thread: paper piecing - union jack - Frustrated

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    Super Member pumpkinpatchquilter's Avatar
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    For some patterns it is an absolute necessity to piece it in sections and sew it together the way you say you did with the flag. That's how I pieced that kitty as well as the stars in that lil' quilt. It helps if you leave the paper on the back until you've completely finished the block, that way you can see your pattern on the wrong side of the fabric and use the lines to help you line up your seams correctly. You will get there! Keep at it you're doing a great job...I can't wait to see what you paper piece next! ;)

    OH, and just another tip, most of the time when we learn to quilt we learn to press fabric to one side. When you get to the point that you have a bunch of paper pieced "blocks" that need to be sewn together to make the actual block, it helps to press those seams open. It helps reduce bulk and when you get into projects like a mariner's compass block, it will help to keep your points nice and neat and straight!

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    go to Carol Doak's site and try some free PP patterns she has there. good luck.

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    Do not worry

    [Please take a piece of squared paper. one inch squares would be best and draw on the flag. make sure the diagonals go straight through each square. (that is so you can do half square triangles)
    Then colour in correctly . make a list of how many full square red, full square blue, full square white. Now look at the half square white/blue half square red/ble half square red/ white. each sqaure can represent any sized suare.
    \a 4 1/2inch square makes a single bed/

    Some where in a british book is a copy of this pattern QUOTE=ukmuminusa;2344920]One of the reasons I got into quilting last month! was because I had seen a fantastibut donot know which one.

    Dottyc quilt online made out of union jacks.
    To get me started on quilting I am in the process of doing a simple 9 patch quilt and I am enjoying doing it. However, in the back of my mind is that union jack quilt that would be perfect for my sons, especially as we are all British.

    But last night in my wisdom I was blog hopping and came across that gorgeous quilt again. I would love to make it but everywhere I look I just can't find the pattern for it. So I came across an asterix (astericks - spelling unsure) pattern and this morning I adapted it and started trying to make a union jack, 5 attempts later and I still can't do it! It turned out very wonky and uneven, lots of unpicking happened. So I gave up on that, I had another search and found a paper piecing pattern on twin sisters for for the union jack. Thinking this would at least make sure everything is straight and lined up, which my previous attempt wasn't I had a go. I printed the pattern out even though its much smaller than i wanted, I thought that at least if I could do a practise then I could always enlarge the pattern. So I have now had 2 attemps at it and I just don't get paper piecing and I am so confused and frustrated................I have looked at youtube examples and I still don't get it.

    Has anyone else ever made a union jack flag block by paper piecing? Any suggestions, ideas. Maybe this is one block I should save for another time.

    Thanks for the moan, frustrated :cry:[/QUOTE]
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    duplicated by other posts.
    Last edited by sweetana3; 05-14-2012 at 12:12 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukmuminusa View Post
    OK ladies look what I did (doing the happy dance) I made a mistake and did not cut my fabric big enough on one piece so I have a little hole in it, but this was my first go at paper pieceing, I should have tried something easier to start off with but I am so impatient LOL Just wanted to share
    Love it! I'm not into patriotic quilts, but reading the posts and looking at the pattern, my mind was beginning to visualise a Union Jack quilt using colours other than the standard red, white and blue. Looks like it could be fun. Er - had you realised that the flag is upside down in your photo (-:

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    Look at modabake shop. heres the link....

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