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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2008 09:09:15 AM »

Very awesome. 

I'm in agreement with AlwaysInspired, can we get a pattern pretty please? Cheesy

« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2008 09:53:42 AM »

That rocks!

« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2008 11:38:33 AM »

Love it - fantastic paper piecing

« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2008 12:48:18 PM »

i'm not sure what paper piercing is...but i LOVE that little gnome!
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2008 01:02:26 PM »

Aww you all rock! Thanks for the nice comments  Grin

Can someone maybe uhhh... tell me what paper piecing is? when I google it I get a lot of origami and the like...

In a nutshell: You sew pieces together in a certain sequence. Right sides together - finished side facing up - lining up the edges as you normally would sewing anything. But...underneath your fabric is your pattern - printed side down. The lines on the pattern are your seam lines. So you just line up your seams on top of the pattern line on the paper below, flip it all over, and then sew along the pattern. Sew right through the paper and the fabric. When you're all done you can pull out the paper, as your stitching has perforated it so you can easily rip it out.

Here is a really good tutorial of how it works: http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingthree.html

Once you get your head wrapped around it, it's as easy as pie....well sort of..LOL! It took me forever to get it. But omg now I'm totally hooked!

I would love to have a pattern to do this!!! I'd like to make a whole lap quilt of gnomes! Wanna share the pattern shapes??
Great job!

 Grin ok, so the pattern is nearly finished...I have to fix a sequence and hammer out the instructions before I post it. I'll let you know when it's done, should be up by the weekend.
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2008 01:06:00 PM »

oh..I should also maybe post a few tips to help you when paper piecing:

Some handy tips:

Always cut your pieces with a good 1/2" seam allowance. So if your shape isn't exact or if you were off a bit with lining up your piece you still have some wiggle room. Since you're sewing on the back of the pattern, your finished block will be the reverse of the pattern, so be sure to cut your pieces right side down - or the reverse of the pattern piece.

Always press your seams after each piece is sewn.

Set your stitch length a little shorter than usual to help the paper rip out at the end. Except when sewing an advanced pattern with lots of pieces and steps. I find the paper wants to tear out before I'm ready for it.

« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2008 06:18:10 PM »

Very cute. Smiley

Well done.

« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2008 07:33:58 PM »

LOVE IT!!!!  A home is not a home without a gnome.

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« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2008 08:00:25 PM »

ooo I can't wait for the pattern. I can totally blow my quilting friends away when I get a chance to make a few of these  Grin

« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2008 11:01:33 PM »

Angelbum! Thank you for explaining and sharing all your tips. this looks like awesome amounts of fun (and great brain work sorting out all the pieces). I think I'm going to try it out soon!

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