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Thread: Why is paper piecing so hard for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    Have you googled Carol Doak - I think she has the best paper piecing info out there. she also has a video that you can purchase. I had paper pieced quite a bit before I got that and it still really helped me. I believe that there are also some free tutes from her
    I agree. I bought one of her books and learned her way and once I got the hang of it, it's pretty easy. The hardest part is making sure you cut your pieces large enough -- and your mind accepting the idea that you're working the piece backwards. I got the 300 paper piece blocks by Carol and it just clicked. Don't give up....it's a lot of fun.
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    You are not the only one!!!! I love the look of paper pieceing, but the details absolutely will not compute in my mind. I have taken classes and had a great pper try to help me, but still no go. I have another pp pattern at the house which I would love to do, but I would have to use scraps because I"m not going to ruin another expesive batch of fabric trying to learn the technique. Maybe it will come to me in a dream or a miracle.....

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    I've never tried paper piecing, but it looks and sounds complicated. I'm left handed and not sure thinking backwards would work for me. However, after I have finished all my bucket list quilts pieced the traditional way, I may give it a whorl. The paper pieced quilts are certainly beautiful, so I'll never say never.
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    Paper piecing is easy. It's not backwards at all. You still sew two pieces of fabric right sides together. The only difference from regular piecing is there's a piece of paper over the seam.

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    I felt the same way so when the PP class came up on Crafty, I took it. After that I wondered why I had had a problem. The teacher makes it look very easy. I haven't actually tried it yet.

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    I allways cut my fabric bigger then I need just in case I make a mistake or place it on the wrong way. I allso sew with smaller stitches so the stitches do not pull apart when I take the paper off.I have been paper pieceing for many years. I agree Carol Doak is great on PP I belong top her group too.
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    Learning to pp and need all the help I can get. I must be doing it backwards. Do you sew the material on the front or back?

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    I HEAR you, I still can't seem to master the PP
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    I need to jump in and try it as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vickig626 View Post
    I agree. I bought one of her books and learned her way and once I got the hang of it, it's pretty easy. The hardest part is making sure you cut your pieces large enough -- and your mind accepting the idea that you're working the piece backwards. I got the 300 paper piece blocks by Carol and it just clicked. Don't give up....it's a lot of fun.
    I have that book and use it a lot, I love the way you can change the block sizes althought I must admit not to worry about her cutting of the fabric sizes as I cut them larger as I use ALL my trimmings for one thing or another.

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    I print the pattern on tracing paper which really helps, but my biggest issue is that you waste so much fabric!
    Last edited by Shrink42020; 08-28-2012 at 05:17 PM. Reason: typo
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