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Thread: My love/hate relationship with paper piecing!

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    Super Member Chele's Avatar
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    I just love the look of paper pieced blocks, but I find the technique...challenging! Both Yvonne and Patrice have some great illustrated instruction on this board if you've ever wanted to try it or perfect it.

    Here's my latest attempt. I'm going to try this in different fabrics today.

    Carol Doak's 1,000 Member Celebration Block
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    It looks pretty cool! Reminds me of those spin art things we use to do at carnivals.

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    Chele,
    I am so proud of you! You're doing a great job. Gotta love those points!

    I don't think I'd argue one bit about paper piecing being challenging! That it can be!!! I think I've mentioned that I have become very adept at ripping extremely small stitches with a rotary cutter!! :mrgreen:

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    Your paper piecing looks good to me Chele. I printed that pattern out yesterday & hope to make it soon. I'm wondering if the star parts would pop out more if I make the background a more solid color?

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    Really cool block. I love batiks. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: Pam

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    Chele,
    Your block looks GREAT!!!

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    Wow, Chele, I'm amazed. Looks very complicated but turned out beautiful!

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    beautiful. love the batiks. you are really getting the hang of paper piecing. i like it because of the instant gratification. trim that puppy, turn it over and voila :!: :!: the perfect block :!: :wink:

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    Your doing great, I still have not got the hang of it :D

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    Another color scheme! I still didn't do it the way I wanted. And I just realized the block has 52 pieces! Okay, I quit!
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    I like that floral in your second attempt. Maybe putting that block in with some solid blocks of the red floral will not be so daunting?

    You did good work on the piecing!

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    I love how your second block turned out. The fabrics really showcase your perfect stitching!
    Only 52 pieces? Ah, come on. One more time! :mrgreen:

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    Great job Chele!! I love how each block looks so different! It really showcases how a single block can radically change due to the different fabrics used in it.

    Is this a free pattern we can download or print off?
    ~Tiffany

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    Here you go Tiffany: http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php

    I pass the torch...have fun! No cussing! LOL!

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    Thank you! You are wonderful! I printed out enough for one block so we'll see if I can squeeze it in between everything else I'm doing.
    ~Tiffany

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    I printed the pattern so that I can expand my vocabulary...LOL.. I don't know how to paper piece..so you think this isn't 1 to learn with.

    I may try it for the heck of it..just to see :lol: I like your blocks enough to give it a go. It seems like you did a great job.

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    sandpat - If you've never done paper piecing before, I would download Carol Doak's tulip pattern, which is specifically for people new to paper piecing, and practice with that one first. Once you get the hang of it, you can literally jump right in and do just about any paper pieced pattern. :thumbup:
    ~Tiffany

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    Thanks Tiffany- I'll try that 1 first.

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    Chele - both those blocks are gorgeous. And your workmanship is right on. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

    Please don't give up. I think you should try Carols other Celebration block. That one looks interesting too.

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    That particular block appeared to be very challenging when I downloaded the pattern. Now I see it made up by you I know why. You have done an exqusite job!! She has lots of other blocks that are not so challenging and turn out beautifully(my opinion) All my quilts so far(4) have been from her book 300 paper pieced blocks.

    Tricky

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    Tricky, I have that book too! I've only been brave enough to try a block or two, never a whole quilt. You've inspired me though! I love your quilts. What type of paper do you use? Removing the paper is the part I hate the most. I used Fun-dation paper last time, but just left it on.

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    i USE THE LIGHTEST COMPUTER PAPER i CAN FIND AS IT IS VERY CHEAP AND IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO REMOVE WHEN WATCHING tv!!!

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    WOW!!! [/size] Don't you just love how the points are so perfect with paper piecing? Great job. Linda

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    OMG I have the worst time paper piecing. I just give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhueluna
    OMG I have the worst time paper piecing. I just give up.
    Oh, please don't give up :-( Stick with easy patterns (fewer points, fewer pieces) in the beginning until you get the hang of it. Any of Carol Doak's books will walk you through the technique. Once you have practiced a bit (use those pesky little scraps) you will appreciate the incredible accuracy you can achieve. :D

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