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« on: May 27, 2004 01:24:08 PM »

I don't understand the point of paper piecing. It seems like it's more trouble than it's worth. I take it that the technique makes some kinds of patchwork easier, but ... what kinds? Can someone enlighten me?
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2004 02:21:13 PM »

Until a few days ago, I didn't get it either.  The first paper-piecing project I encountered was a crazy quilt, and I couldn't understand why the quilter didn't just use muslin or something for a foundation -- sturdier, and you don't have to pick off the paper.  I still don't know why she used paper, frankly, since on a crazy quilt anything goes... 

BUT!  Then I saw that someone had used "paper foundation piecing" (that's a good phrase to google for, btw) to make a quilt with a  geometric design -- I think it was "tumbling blocks" and I think it was right here on craftster. (in a hurry, not going to look right now).  So I googled for more info, got interested, and tried it myself on the "monkey wrench" quilt that I'm making.  All I can say is WOW.  "Monkey wrench" is built mostly of triangles,  and it was quite tricky for me to get my corners and angles lined up properly before I tried the paper foundation.  I did a lot of picking out and re-seaming, and even then I had to just say "good enough" on some blocks.  I tried a paper foundation for two blocks just a couple days ago and the result was so nice -- almost perfect on the first try!

I'd recommend trying the technique if you're doing a quilt block with a lot of small pieces, or a lot of pieces cut on the bias.

Here's a good site that goes over the basics:  http://www.straw.com/quilting/articles/pfp-1.html

Using a graphics program, I made a life-size line drawing of the center of my quilt block and just printed it out on regular printer paper.  It tore away easily afterward, especially when I folded and creased on the seamline perforations.

Give it a try!  I'm really grateful to the craftster  quilter who brought PFP to my attention :)

Have fun,

Kara
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2004 04:23:59 PM »

i'm obsessed with the paper piecing!  it took some practicing to figure it out, but it's amazing.  most of my designs are based on the log-cabin, they start with a central square & go out.  i just draw them on graph paper & trace.  when i do something that's more than one square like the piece below, i just trace the first drawing 4 times.  then you can tear the paper off & the sqare isn't any bulkier - that's kind of important when you're making something tiny.  this one is 4x8" (not including the border)  i can make them super super tweetsy.  i sent this one to my brother-in-law's parents in switzerland, i think it came out kind of art deco...


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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2004 05:27:59 PM »

Coffee:  That's amazing!  Beautiful!  Luscious colors and fabulous  design.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2004 01:18:52 PM »

That does look awesome!

Checked out the paper-piecing site... looks easy enough.. think I'll have to try it!! you know how it is with those projects that "look easy"!! Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2004 08:54:04 AM »

this site is pretty cool. some of the patterns are free and the other more intricate can be purchased. very neat stuff though

paper piecing is great. so accurate and makes it very easy to piece intricate patterns.

http://www.paperpanache.com/
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craftybelle
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2004 02:57:09 PM »

Thanks for all the input on paper piecing fellow quilters! I must say I was a bit confused by it at first but I think it will help out for most quilting projects.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2004 05:36:26 PM »

post pictures of what you make!  i'm curious to see what others are doing with paperpiecing.  it took me a few tries & several messups to figure it out, but now it feels like i could make anything...

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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2004 07:33:18 PM »

i;m working on a miniature quilt( i think the whole thing is 12inches square). mariner's compass. its teeny but paper piecing makes it a lot easier
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verucaamish
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2005 06:58:20 AM »

How on earth do you do it?  I am this great pattern for dragonflies but I completely don't understand foundation piecing.
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