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    Question re size of scrap for paper piecing

    Hello all,
    I'm making a paper pieced chinese fan. The seven blades are different widths and lengths. I'm not sure how to cut each piece. For a test, I cut a couple of pieces in the shape of the blade adding 1/4 seam allowance.
    However, when I sew & turn the darn thing it is too small. Should I just cut a large rectangle, larger than the widest part of the blade? Is there a rule of thumb for cutting pieces for paper piecing? Thanks for any help.

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    It is certainly easier to cut rectangles that are **at least** 1/2 inches wider than the base of the blade, and 1/2 inches taller. That's how most of the Judy Niemeyer spikes are cut.

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    Guess what? I often work with the whole piece of fabric ... and trim after!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Guess what? I often work with the whole piece of fabric ... and trim after!
    Ive done this a couple of times especially if I have sewn the same piece a couple of times and had it not work!!!
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    Same here. Would rather do a bunch of trimming than have to re-cut fabric to try again

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    QuiltE and Auntpiggylpn--doesn't paper piecing with the whole fabric make it more cumbersome? I'm ready to tear my hair out as it is with the sewing, turning and trimming, etc. I guess I'll go with dunster's suggestion of cutting the pieces as a rectangle, 1/2 inch bigger all around. I my opinion, paper piecing wastes more fabric than cutting each template out. However, I go with it because the points are so precise. Back to the cutting board...

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    You can do some work cutting a template but 1) Make the resulting piece about 1/2 inch bigger all around until you are very experienced in in paper piecing and the specific pattern and 2) test before cutting more than one so you get a feel for the "way" the fabric appears after sewn and turned to cover the design.

    Angles always cause me some issues and I have been paper piecing for a long time. Sometimes even halfway thru, I will sew a piece or two in backwards or have one too small. I also don't like to waste fabric so I start slowly and figure out the best way for the pattern I am using.

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    Paper piecing certainly can be a challenge, you think the piece is large enough and it isn't. I had to come to the thought that once the fabric is in my house it is free and I can do what I want with it. I love the points achieved when paper piecing. Every technique has it's own learning curve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msariano View Post
    QuiltE and Auntpiggylpn--doesn't paper piecing with the whole fabric make it more cumbersome? I'm ready to tear my hair out as it is with the sewing, turning and trimming, etc. I guess I'll go with dunster's suggestion of cutting the pieces as a rectangle, 1/2 inch bigger all around. I my opinion, paper piecing wastes more fabric than cutting each template out. However, I go with it because the points are so precise. Back to the cutting board...

    Yes it can be cumbersome. I am paper piecing my periwinkle quilt and I started cutting rectangles and it has worked out fabulously!
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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Yes it can be cumbersome. I am paper piecing my periwinkle quilt and I started cutting rectangles and it has worked out fabulously!
    Yes, it can be cumbersone ... though it depends how big your piece of yardage is.

    Although, I will say, I have used very large pieces and had no problems. After doing the FWS and PC quilts, pretty much all PPd, it's just second nature as to how I do it.
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    You might be interested in the "Add Enough" ruler. http://www.addaquarter.com/products.php I bought one because the concept sounded good but I haven't used it yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    You might be interested in the "Add Enough" ruler. http://www.addaquarter.com/products.php I bought one because the concept sounded good but I haven't used it yet...
    I have the add a quarter ruler and use it constantly when paper piecing. Carol doak explains how to tape a postcard on tp flip down and fold the paper. I use this method but could not explain it if i tried. It works fast and easily. I recommend getting a 12 in or so sized add a quarter ruler ( not the smaller one that is sold)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    I have the add a quarter ruler and use it constantly when paper piecing. Carol doak explains how to tape a postcard on tp flip down and fold the paper. I use this method but could not explain it if i tried. It works fast and easily. I recommend getting a 12 in or so sized add a quarter ruler ( not the smaller one that is sold)
    The ruler I'm talking about is the Add ENOUGH ruler. It let's you measure how large of a piece of fabric to cut to cover the space you need. I also have the add a quarter ruler and also use it all the time!
    Bernie

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