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Ginny L posted on Sun, Aug 25 2013 3:36 PM

I have a quilt pattern that wants me to make paper foundations that are 11.5" square. What do I use?  thanks for any advice.

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Answered (Not Verified) Roxana replied on Sun, Aug 25 2013 4:06 PM
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Ginny L:

I have a quilt pattern that wants me to make paper foundations that are 11.5" square. What do I use?  thanks for any advice.

Try the newsprint on Amazon....

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_15?url=search-alias%3Darts-crafts&field-keywords=newsprint+paper&sprefix=newsprint+paper%2Caps%2C240

 

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Answered (Not Verified) Mimi replied on Sun, Aug 25 2013 7:30 PM
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To make string blocks I use the papers that go in those plastic baskets at diners when they bring you a burger or a sandwich.  Some use old (very old so the ink doesn't smudge) telephone book pages or even extra papers from when you print out something with your printer that isn't going to be used..something that you would recycle.  Hope that helps although I'm not quite sure for what you are needing the foundations.

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Thanks, I'm doing a spiral paper pieced block, so I can't break it down into sections. 

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Sue replied on Mon, Aug 26 2013 10:44 AM

HI Ginny,

I use golden paper, available from Connecting Threads.  It comes in a roll, either 12 or 18 inches wide by yards.  You can cut off what you need and it is very easy to see thru for correct placement of your fabrics.  And the  best part is that it tears off very easily when you are done.  Unfortunately it does not go thru the printer very well.  Haven't had much luck using my printer so I just tape my original pattern down and place the golden paper on top and draw, sometimes with rulers sometimes freehand.

Hope this helps.

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Flojo replied on Tue, Sep 10 2013 12:06 AM

You can use old newspapers as well.  Iron the paper first to set the ink so it won't rub off on your fabric and use a marker or pen  that will show up on the printed paper.  A permanent pen is what you would need so it won't rub or smear either.  Red or Blue  worked best for me when I made the paper foundations for my Mother.  She could make a block almost as fast as I could trace one out.

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I have always purchased reems of 81/2 x 11 newsprint online from *** Blick Art Supply.  Really inexpensive and easily goes through the printer.  Tears off nicely too.

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eparys replied on Tue, Sep 10 2013 6:06 AM

rhondakp:

I have always purchased reems of 81/2 x 11 newsprint online from *** Blick Art Supply.  Really inexpensive and easily goes through the printer.  Tears off nicely too.

Someone else told me about that - I just never think about doing it until it is too late and I am ready to print.  I will have to order some.

 

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But that won't be big enough for 11.5 inch square.  You would have to tape two pieces together, and then will that make it more difficult to remove if you've sewn through the tape?  How many of these blocks do you need to make?  Maybe you can find larger paper and hand trace the pattern?


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So far I have glued 2 sheets of newsprint together and have traced my blown up pattern, I am taking this to a retreat, so haven't been in a hurry to try it, but will be before I go . I thought about "sewing ", instead of tracing the pattern ,once I see if this paper works.  Someone has also given me some Golden threads paper, which is wide enough but I haven't had a chance to try this either. And if it works I would have to order it online as none of my quilt stores carry it. I only have 16 to do, so hopefully the newsprint will work. Thanks for your advice, all!

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If you have a Hobby Lobby or Michaels close. In the art supply section they have large news print tablets. Kids color on them, or artists sketch on them. Also I have used rolls of parchment paper before.   Also in office supplies they have large sheets of copy paper.  I just wonder around the office supplies or hobby lobby's. I find things in the weirdest places.   

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