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Thread: Sewing scrap strips to PAPER

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    Hi yall

    My friend go me a free roll of the exam table paper u see at the doctors office...the paper you sit on. Ha ha.
    I have decided to use it to sew my strips onto!!! It tears really easy and I wont have to buy any muslin!

    Whats your favorite "foundation" method? I love and welcome new ideas. I especially love them if it is something that saves me MONEY!
    Have a great day...please comment :-)

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    I am currently using used dryer sheets. It doesn't need to be removed. It becomes part of the quilt without adding noticeable weight to the quilt.

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    I use .. used copy paper. One side is still free from print, so I just use a small stich , and it comes off just fine.

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    I use paper foundations for my string blocks - just plain printer paper; easy to cut to 8 1/2" blocks or leave full size for neat looking rectangular string blocks. Where I live we don't need the extra layer of muslin for warmth so I don't waste money on foundation fabric!

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    Old phone book pages if it's just for scraps. Sometimes I use erasable typing paper if the pattern is very intricate. Most of the times, I just use plain copy paper. Edit: I forgot about parchment paper. Great stuff!

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    My Mom told me she used newspaper "in the olden days". I think it would bleed ink onto the fabrics. I have used printer paper. Doctors exam paper would be really good because it would tear easier. But I like the idea of recycling something that has already served it's purpose elsewhere. I;m thinking used doctor office paper would NOT be good. Eeeewww.

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    Hopefully QuiltSage this is UNUSED exam table paper LOL! I've always used this for paper piecing and also for tracing quilting patterns. You can sew right thru it and it tears off easily. I like the kind that has a "crepe paper" feel to it. You can get a roll pretty cheaply at any medical supply store.

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    I have recently started using dryer sheets more regularly, and like the idea of using them for scrappy foundations. I try not to throw away anything that could be re-purposed (hence my house sometimes looks like a recycle bin LOL).

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    I'm stitching on adding machine roll! 3" wide using scraps! There was a Topic on this by Sue Fish! She has made fantastic quilts using this method!

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    I got along well with phone book pages for the string quilts I made. I am trying to live more frugally and recycle what is free. I have a few phone books put back, it wouldn't surprise me if they quit putting phone books out soon.

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    I use regular old tracing paper for paper piecing. It's light enough to sew on and real easy to tear away.

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    OH MY GEE.....what a marvelous brilliant awesome idea.
    (running to grab the dryer sheets now!!!!!!!!) THANK YOU for that idea. How clever is THAT?????? I love it!!

    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I am currently using used dryer sheets. It doesn't need to be removed. It becomes part of the quilt without adding noticeable weight to the quilt.

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    I also love everyone's ideas....and YES my paper is new exam paper! LOL
    Im an RN so I know better. lol
    I just think the dryer sheet idea is great.....where did you learn that tip or does your brain just come up with great ideas???
    Will the phone book paper print (black) bleed onto you fabric?????
    Thanks so much!

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    So looks like I will be using paper and dryer sheets, to see which works best. Gonna take a LONG time.....this quilt....as its gonna be for my king size bed.

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    Don't forget coffee filters for nice round shapes. They tear easily too, at least mine do. I got 160 for $1 at the dollar store.

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    You can go to your local newspaper and buy a partial roll of newsprint. Very economical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rn2639
    I also love everyone's ideas....and YES my paper is new exam paper! LOL
    Im an RN so I know better. lol
    I just think the dryer sheet idea is great.....where did you learn that tip or does your brain just come up with great ideas???
    Will the phone book paper print (black) bleed onto you fabric?????
    Thanks so much!
    So far, I only use it for scrap quilts, but I haven't noticed any ink transfer. If it does, it washes out. Probably would not want to use a whole lot of lighter colors just in case.

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    LOL...i wish they made square filters...i dont sew round stuff ha ha
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Don't forget coffee filters for nice round shapes. They tear easily too, at least mine do. I got 160 for $1 at the dollar store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rn2639
    LOL...i wish they made square filters...i dont sew round stuff ha ha
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Don't forget coffee filters for nice round shapes. They tear easily too, at least mine do. I got 160 for $1 at the dollar store.
    I hope you are joking there! Fill the circle, make it square. Using coffee filters is awesome.

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    Thank you for asking this question. I have never paperpieceded before and Im thinking about doing it. I was wondering about the paper too. :)

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    Thanks, Ladies, for all the clever ideas for foundation papers. I do lots of paper piecing and my pattern is printed out on the paper, so I do purchase the stuff from my local quilt shop. Is there a better way that will still go through my printer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by rn2639
    LOL...i wish they made square filters...i dont sew round stuff ha ha
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Don't forget coffee filters for nice round shapes. They tear easily too, at least mine do. I got 160 for $1 at the dollar store.
    I hope you are joking there! Fill the circle, make it square. Using coffee filters is awesome.
    Do you leave the filters in then? They don't fall apart later?

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    Grammy

    you tear it off
    they said tighten your stitch length and use a 14or 15 needle and the paper will come off very easy.

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    Ohhhhhhh I seee what your talking about.
    Im gonna cover the filter anyway and square my strip set up anyway after Im finished with them.....(all 150 of them!!!)

    GREAT idea.
    GREAT GREAT IDEA--------this forum is awesome!

    Love chatting with yall!!!!
    Is there a show N tell forum????


    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by rn2639
    LOL...i wish they made square filters...i dont sew round stuff ha ha
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Don't forget coffee filters for nice round shapes. They tear easily too, at least mine do. I got 160 for $1 at the dollar store.
    I hope you are joking there! Fill the circle, make it square. Using coffee filters is awesome.

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    In my browsing one morning, I came across a quilters blog (did I save the URL? no)and she was experimenting using flattened coffee filters. I've been trying the same with my scraps and am really impressed at the variety and colorfulness of each circular block. I think I may applique the circle blocks on some black fabric to pop out the colors.

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