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Paper Piecing-When to remove or not to remove

Old 08-16-2010, 04:42 PM
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I am doing a Mariner's Compass version by using paper piecing. Depending on which magazine or book you read, there seemed to be not a concensus on when one should remove the paper.

I see by many of the fellow quilters' avatars that there are many experts in paper piecing foundation. What say you?
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:46 PM
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I'm not an expert by any means, but I was taught to remove the paper from the back of paper piecing.
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Laneyhod
I'm not an expert by any means, but I was taught to remove the paper from the back of paper piecing.
Did you remove the paper after you have pieced your top together or before?
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by sabrinaquilts
Originally Posted by Laneyhod
I'm not an expert by any means, but I was taught to remove the paper from the back of paper piecing.
Did you remove the paper after you have pieced your top together or before?

I remove it after the top is complete. It adds extra stability and it sure doesn't hurt. I really don't know why you'd want to remove it before and chance pulling bias seams out of whack.
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My common sense told me the same thing, but I did read somewhere to remove the paper after you've finished sewing the pieces on the foundation and before sewing the blocks together. I think it might have to do with the inconvenence of removing the paper when the project is so large in a pieced top. I guess.
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I have read that you remove the paper AFTER the top is done, so that's how I do it.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:15 PM
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I only remove the small bits here and there, so they don't get trapped into the seams, making it difficult getting to them later.
I really like the additional stability of leaving them in until the whole top is ready to be sandwiched and quilted.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:19 PM
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Carol Doak, who I consider the all time expert in PP, teaches that leaving the paper on until completion stabilizes those pesky bias edges. My blocks are more true since I've been doing that.
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I'm not sure what you're supposed to do. I removed it after finishing a block (all I had to do was add a border and it was ready to be batted, backed and quilted, so I didn't need that extra stability!).
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I'm certainly no expert, but I was taught to remove after the back is complete. Keeps everything in it's proper place.
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