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Joy posted on Mon, Jan 10 2011 11:05 AM

Watching Fons & Porter last night prompted me to write this post. Jodie Davis guess stared with Liz  - Jodie made  paper piecing look so easy. Is it? I have never tried, but now I have the itch to learn. Suggestions? Thoughts? Ideas? Thanks everyone!

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Joy replied on Mon, Jan 10 2011 5:20 PM

Gini you are always full of wisdom! Thank you!

Seriously, people keep those little ears??? Personally, I enjoy tossing them, and all my very small scraps, on the floor!

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Answered (Not Verified) Robin replied on Mon, Jan 10 2011 5:46 PM
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Joy,

My Kalidascope in the gallery is a paper pieced quilt.  The hardest part was working and thinking in reverse.  Also I found that primary school writing paper (you can get it at a school supply store) is cheaper and was easier to me to remove. 

It was really cool to watch the quilt pattern come together and the image take shape.

 

Robin

PS:  The little ears are great for filling the glass Christmas bulbs for ornaments.  Takes a lot but you'll have a lot ! :)

 

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Kris replied on Mon, Jan 10 2011 9:01 PM

Robin:
PS:  The little ears are great for filling the glass Christmas bulbs for ornaments.  Takes a lot but you'll have a lot ! :

Robin,

I keep small trimmings in a jar in my sewing room. Very pretty. I'll probably just empty it when it's full and start over.

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Nana replied on Mon, Jan 10 2011 9:17 PM

Robin

The primary school writing paper is a perfect tip to use for paper piecing.  I have tried several brands and my favorite is the Carol Doak's paper.  And it is basically the primary writing paper.  When I have used all of the package that I have I will definitely be looking for the writing paper.

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I really enjoy paper piecing but like many of you hate picking at the paper...BUT I think they have water soluable paper piecing paper now...hmmm let me look into that and get back to you


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Yes...they do! They have some you can leave in your project...stays soft or some that will wash out...here is a link to both...now I don't recommend this website it is just the first place I found them both in the same location just an FYI for y'all (of course this might be a great website too I honestly don't know)

http://www.ericas.com/quilting/paperpiecing/supplies.htm


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Joy replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 8:06 AM

Thanks for the tip Robin! I will pick some up when I try my first paper piecing project.

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Joy replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 8:09 AM

Rhonda one of the ladies that work at my local quilt shop loves to paper piece too. She even offered to come over and show me how! Maybe I should take her up on it...

Does anyone use freezer paper?

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I didn't care for the stickiness of freezer paper while paper piecing. I just used plain old copy paper. I shortened my stitch length and didn't have any problems. When I get home I will take a pic of what I made it had LOTS of TINY pieces in it!!! I used copy paper because I used my printer to make copies and that was easiest. If I were going to do another project I would try a wash away or vellum paper.

I would def take her up on it because I really enjoyed it. BUT I would also invest in the 1/4" ruler thingy...

http://www.connectingthreads.com/tools/Add-A-Quarter_Ruler__D81904.html

Worth EVERY penny!!!


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Joy replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 10:25 AM

Thank you Rhonda! I appreciate all your helpful tips!

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Nana replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 10:29 AM

Joy

I have used printer paper but don't like it.  It is harder to tear away in my opinion.  If you want to do paper piecing I highly recommend getting a package of Carol Doak's paper piecing paper.  It tears away very easily and goes thru the printer just like printer paper.   I think you will be less frustrated starting out with a product that is easy to use.

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Linny t replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 11:38 AM

Joy:

Does anyone use freezer paper?

I use freezer paper and I like it because I don't have any of the fabrics flopping over where they don't belong when I'm sewing.  I shorten my stitch length and it tears right off easily most of the time.  If I have a stubborn piece that wants to stick, I reheat it with the iron and it comes right off.

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Kris replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 4:46 PM

I use freezer paper but I don't sew through it. I fold on the line and sew my seam next to the fold.

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MNnancy replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 10:07 PM

Could some of you go back and add tags to your conversation for future reference?  Thanks.


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Nana replied on Wed, Jan 12 2011 10:16 PM

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I tagged mine.  I always forget ....  thanks for the reminder.

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