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    And don't forget about www.quilterscache.com She lists her patterns by size and tells you if they are paper pieced or traditional or a combination and how difficult they are.

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    Love the lure of pp.

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    Thank you dottie for the free links.
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    Anna, I posted four sites with free paper pieced blocks in post #3 and Krystyna also posted two free sites in post #9 you may want to look at as well? As for Linda Causee's book...you can use the larger blocks as they fit within the size requirements and you can add more than a 1/2" border to the smaller blocks...they don't have to be 4 1/2"...they can finish at 5" , 5 1/2" etc. Just not huge wide borders, but you can add borders that aren't tiny. So technically, you can use every pattern in your book! (I have the book too and maybe we'll be doing the same blocks? Ha ha ha! ) Hope this helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    OK I will need to think about it. I think I ran into this before. I am using linda Causee's book
    http://www.amazon.com/Foundation-Qui.../dp/1402740417
    Unfortunately she has tons of small blocks that are 4 in. unfinnished none 3 1/2 in. unfinnished and none 4 1/2 in. unfinnished. I know odd size the 4 in. unfinnished. Adding just 1/2in. , quarter inch all around sounds hard to me. You talked before about having a swap that we could use this book so I thought this was it. I need to see what I can come up with. Also thank you for pointing out we can use geometrics etc. I prefer the more thematic but maybe I can find some free designs online of the geometric or traditional blocks that fit the size requirements. How you explained the colors is very helpful. I had gathered all pastels but a dash of slightly brighter fabric will really add.
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    Thanks Dottie for the suggestions for Anna! You and Linda (SewExtreme) know you want to join in the fun!
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    Ronda, I thought about adding a wider border but since the block is 4 I was thinking maybe it would look out of proportion. I might try one and see how I like it. Maybe it will look OK also since this time around we are doing traditional and geometric shapes too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    Ronda, I thought about adding a wider border but since the block is 4 I was thinking maybe it would look out of proportion. I might try one and see how I like it. Maybe it will look OK also since this time around we are doing traditional and geometric shapes too.
    Absolutely! Give it a try and see what you think? If nothing else, you can make the smaller blocks to add to your own collection if you don't like adding a border and check out all the fun free stuff on the different internet sites...I think we have 7 or 8 posted now...that will keep us busy for sure? Good luck! Can't wait to hear how things go! I just got through spending 3 days re-organzing my sewing room and am getting ready to pull out patterns and fabrics and get busy paper piecing! I usually have some blocks to post for you guys by now...next week I promise to have some visual aids!
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    Gotta finish a couple of things first. Sounds like fun.

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    As a suggestion also, you can enlarge the patterns on a copier so they finish out larger. I've done this several times for paper piecing and it works great. I have enlarged many 6" into a 12" this way. I don't care to work with the tiny pieces and this helps me so much.

    Also, I wouldn't be without the "Add a Quarter" ruler for paper piecing any more...it's terrific!

    Have fun... I'm over booked as it is or I'd be tempted too.
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    thank you rwquilts, im looking forward to this one, im in a few but only doing one set , of many of the swaps that have sets, so as to get in a few more, and then i have the 2 that all year long, but that keeps me busy and happy and all , so im enjoying all this eye candy, with the different blocks, and is the block on our pic as u, the drooping tulips i think did u make that , and if so what is the name, please

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    I am VERY tempted. My schedule is open this spring, and I LOVE paper piecing! I have just about every book ever published, old issues of Foundation Piecer, Sew Precise CDs, and lots of patterns that I've snagged off the internet. I use newsprint paper (you can buy it by the ream at any good paper store), and it makes tearing off the foundation backing much easier than using regular bond. It's cheaper too since you don't waste as much paper when printing. I can enlarge and reduce on my printer also, so I can do any size. What fun....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MizMelly View Post
    I am VERY tempted. My schedule is open this spring, and I LOVE paper piecing! I have just about every book ever published, old issues of Foundation Piecer, Sew Precise CDs, and lots of patterns that I've snagged off the internet. I use newsprint paper (you can buy it by the ream at any good paper store), and it makes tearing off the foundation backing much easier than using regular bond. It's cheaper too since you don't waste as much paper when printing. I can enlarge and reduce on my printer also, so I can do any size. What fun....
    I'll PM soon.....
    Sounds like you need to join in the fun here for sure! Look forward to your PM.

    Lovnggrandma my avatar is paper pieced. The pattern is Caroline Lily. I will have some blocks to show this week!
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    I've been looking through some pp patterns I've saved to me computer over time, but ... the ones I like most say they're a 3" block! Ronda, I am so clueless. You'll have to help me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    I've been looking through some pp patterns I've saved to me computer over time, but ... the ones I like most say they're a 3" block! Ronda, I am so clueless. You'll have to help me.
    Krystyna, when it says it's 3" block, that means it's also 3 1/2" unfinished. Or 4", 5", 6" etc.?

    Okay, this is one block I'm considering doing for this swap. It's not a Spring theme, but is done in spring colors! The name is Card Trick. What do you think? These will be 6" finished blocks.
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    I think your card trick would be great. It works out well in spring colors
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    Great block Ronda-love the fabrics.

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    Ronda, I love the card trick pattern. Just never knew you could pp it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    Ronda, I love the card trick pattern. Just never knew you could pp it!
    A couple of years ago I did the quilt along challenge of "Marry A Farmer" on the board here? I paper pieced all 111 blocks. I have an EQ program that helps me turn traditional blocks into paper pieced blocks. I'm still going to do some Spring Themed blocks as well however, cause I love them! Thank you ladies for your kind comments.
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    A warm welcome to Mizmelly, joining our swap!
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    What???? You PP'd all 111 blocks???? That's crazy! Like a lifetime of work! I'm impressed. Is there a link to that one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystyna View Post
    What???? You PP'd all 111 blocks???? That's crazy! Like a lifetime of work! I'm impressed. Is there a link to that one?
    There are a lot of links to different weeks, but I didn't take a picture of mine all done...sorry...they're 6 1/2" and are done in the more muted tones and someday they're going to make an amazing quilt, but for now they are in a neat stack in a sewing drawer with my bazillion other UFO's? LOL!

    I'm sharing a tip with everyone regards this swap...it seems like there's tons of time before the deadline and there certainly is ample time...what I am doing is to make just one block every day or so and then I move on to all the other quilt alongs and personal quilting I've got going...this way, I don't feel like I'm spending too much time or feel guilty that I'm not spending any time to get my sets done? I have two card trick blocks made and will post when I get a set done. Have a super fun day PPing! Be sure and show us your work and blocks...we love to oooohhh and aaahhhhh!

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    I do love your block , would u are somone else have the pattern, i will look for a free one online, but thought i woudl ask incase it is not a free one, i really like this block.




    Quote Originally Posted by rwquilts View Post
    Krystyna, when it says it's 3" block, that means it's also 3 1/2" unfinished. Or 4", 5", 6" etc.?

    Okay, this is one block I'm considering doing for this swap. It's not a Spring theme, but is done in spring colors! The name is Card Trick. What do you think? These will be 6" finished blocks.
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    I picked my patterns and have a basket of fabrics that I want to add some more colors too. I am not sure if I will stick with these paterns but I will make atleast one of each to see how they work out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovngrandma View Post
    Rhonda
    I do love your block , would u are somone else have the pattern, i will look for a free one online, but thought i woudl ask incase it is not a free one, i really like this block.
    Lovngrandma, I have a program that lets me re-size blocks and that's what I did with the Card Trick block. You can find it for the 12 1/2" size on Quilter's Cache for free? Good luck!

    Anna, sounds like you have plan...I have been pulling out various patterns and have a basket/flower blocks also that I'm going to give a try to...and an egg...had so much going on and haven't had time to sew much...but hopefully tomorrow will post my first set of blocks! Yahoo! Has anyone else made any blocks yet? Just curious?
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    hi Rhonda yes i found it, and a couple other sites also, but i found a book that i forgot i had, that has all kinds of peiced qoults in it and it has the cutest chick quilt and i will add a few eggs and to it , but i have the pattern here in a book, it is so cute, i will ge tthe name of it later, i also found a table runner, that is awesome and i might do it but with the chicks as the chicks are for a quilt, lol,
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