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Thread: Thoughts on this PP? Tips needed and appreciated :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonangel12
    I really want to try paper piecing, but am not sure how to get started. My goal is to make this into a Christmas wall hanging - http://www.reginagrewe.de/05gratismuster/gm0001_e.html but I am not sure how advanced it is. What's a good pattern to start with just to practice? I saw a youtube video on it once, and even after watching it a few times I still didn't quite understand the process... maybe there's a better resource out there? I have been avoiding it for a couple of years now and really just want to give it a shot! (Quilters Cache has so many cute patterns I want to try!)
    Find Carol Doak's tutorial it is great( CarolDoak.com)

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    [quote=Colbaltjars62]Well the books I have show you sewing on the unprinted side of the paper(this is why they suggest using tracing paper) with the fabric on the right or printed side.


    I can't use tracing paper in my HP printer so I have to sew on the side I can see. However I do use 16# paper I get from a paper company. It does tear easier than the 20#. The only problem I can see is the direction of the finished block. Most of the time it doesn't matter as long as you do them all the same way.

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    Thanks for posting this.... I made a copy for myself. I have done PP and I think this one could be pretty easily done. But I might take the pattern to a copy place and enlarge it so I can use it on the wall. It is only about the size of a potholder.

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    The one thing I forgot to tell everyone is about Regina's web site. She is doing a monthly free PP pattern. All you have to do is sign up for the site and she sends a note when the new one is posted. The one for this month is a very cute kitty.

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    Hey moonangle12! It's been a few days since we started this thread, and I'm wondering how you are doing on your project? I decided to give it a try, started out with the section A--the one with the sliver of a chimney, and, being the experienced PP'er that I am (ahem) I managed to get the chimney floating in the middle of the sky! OK, back to the printer to give it another try! :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbin along
    Hey moonangle12! It's been a few days since we started this thread, and I'm wondering how you are doing on your project? I decided to give it a try, started out with the section A--the one with the sliver of a chimney, and, being the experienced PP'er that I am (ahem) I managed to get the chimney floating in the middle of the sky! OK, back to the printer to give it another try! :lol:
    I actually just got back from a surprise weekend with a friend - DH arranged it and gave me 30 minutes notice on Friday before she got there! :shock: I haven't been away from DD since she was born (May 09) so he thought it would be nice for me to have some quiet time to sew and hang out before #3 came along... I did get the PP done though! Not sure where my camera is right now, but when I find it I will post a pic. It turned out really cute! I didn't have a way to enlarge it so I just did the small one which was a bit challenging at times (those moon pieces are TINY!) and it took a while to figure out angles and things when cutting pieces, but I made it! I'm excited to have more quilting options now since I have passed over a LOT of PP blocks over the past couple of years. Yay!

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    Cute patterns! From my experience, I started paper piecing with a friend, and she was good at it. She recommended to me to not have many lines in a beginning project. I appreciated her advice, after I had done a couple. It can get frustrating to tackle something too difficult, and you have to take out. "Taking out," can be even more frustating as the paper tears, you have to tape it, then sew over the tape, ect.
    I did some in a paper piecing book which has not many small seams, ect. I will be happy to look it up for your if you want. Just pm me;
    Mariah.

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    I was able to teach myself with Carol Doakes beginner paper piecing book that I got from the library. I don't recall the actual name of the book, but it was very easy to follow and gave very clear step by step instructions. She has many patterns available and I really love a lot of them. They are not too complicated but very nice looking once you get them done.

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    Yes, those are some teeny-tiny pieces in that sun! If you can do that pattern without problems, I can now legally pronounce you a Paper Piecer! You are good to go! You have a very thoughtful DH to set up such a nice break for you! :lol:

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    I was having trouble and then ordered Carol Doaks video from Connecting Threads. It make it real easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martha jo
    I was having trouble and then ordered Carol Doaks video from Connecting Threads. It make it real easy.
    I have it (how tooPP) on the 50 fabelous stars cd that came with book

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    Quote Originally Posted by carhop
    Quote Originally Posted by martha jo
    I was having trouble and then ordered Carol Doaks video from Connecting Threads. It make it real easy.
    I have it (how tooPP) on the 50 fabelous stars cd that came with book
    I have that book ( 50 fabulous stars) it is my favorite PP book. I have made it through all and then some. It is worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    Quote Originally Posted by carhop
    Quote Originally Posted by martha jo
    I was having trouble and then ordered Carol Doaks video from Connecting Threads. It make it real easy.
    I have it (how tooPP) on the 50 fabelous stars cd that came with book
    I have that book ( 50 fabulous stars) it is my favorite PP book. I have made it through all and then some. It is worth every penny.
    I'll have to look that up - star patters are my favorites!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbin along
    Yes, those are some teeny-tiny pieces in that sun! If you can do that pattern without problems, I can now legally pronounce you a Paper Piecer! You are good to go! You have a very thoughtful DH to set up such a nice break for you! :lol:
    I started with the chimney area as a warm up, then moved to the moon to get it over with... I was afraid that if I saved it for last I would never finish it! :lol: I am going to try the cat one as a gift for DH's 91 yr old great-aunts bday (she's a total sweetheart!)

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    Hello Moonange12! I have done several reginagrewe PP projects, free ones + have purchased her patterns as well. They are pretty easy to do, especially the one you referred to. I have made this one in different color combinations. I'm making her Mushroom blocks now (also free). Try her Tulips, it is lovely!
    (Edit) Have you checked the Thimbleberries way to PP? Google thimbleberries tutorials. You fold the freezer paper, don't sew through it so there's no tearing off the paper which I hate.

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    I posted a pic of it in the Pictures section! :)

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-67016-1.htm#1643535

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