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sondray
Posted 2008-12-26 8:57 AM (#17739)
Subject: Paper Piecing



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I would love to learn the correct way, as the first time I tried it, it was backwards, lol. Any tips or suggestions for me?

Thanks,
Sondra
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MsMeow
Posted 2008-12-26 9:06 AM (#17743 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing



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See if your local library has a Carol Doak book! We had a workshop with her in February and her method is the easiest to understand that I've seen! The main thing to remember is the printed side is the sew side and the blank side is the fabric side.
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crazy4mycrafts
Posted 2009-07-01 12:42 PM (#29580 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing


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I am so confused by paper piecing. I've never tried it. I'll have to check out a Carol Doak... Is there a particular one that is better than the other?
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Jess
Posted 2009-07-01 4:04 PM (#29592 - in reply to #29580)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing



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Hi Sarah -

Try "The Expert's Guide to Foundation Piecing." It has information from Carol Doak and loads of other experts. Otherwise, yep, I would look for any Carol Doak book that had a beginners tutorial in it. I know she has a basic book out there, just not sure the name. I have her DVD, but I haven't watched it yet.

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Katier825
Posted 2010-07-28 6:21 PM (#47822 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing


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Paper Piecing isn't nearly as difficult as it's reputation would lead you to believe. Don't put a lot of pressure on yourself with a really complicated pattern right off the bat. If you start with a simple pattern, such as larger pieces, simple design, you can build up your confidenct to tackle something a bit more involved. The first one I did was a simple sailboat. Some rectangles, triangles. I taught myself, but have heard good things about the Carol Doak books.
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char77
Posted 2010-07-28 7:35 PM (#47831 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing


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I also had a class with Carol and it was fantastic!
Some of her books have a short class in them and others don't. You will have to look in each book to see. I think quilterscache also has a short tutorial, and maybe caroldoak.com?? sorry - i'm not home to look for you.

My advice (from Carol's class)
Use her paper or thin thin paper. the thinner it is, the easier it is to remove
set your stitch length around 18 - 20 stitches per inch
start stitching 1/2" to 1/4" before the line and stitch 1/4 - 1/2" past the line
tsp - trim, sew, press - i find it hard to explain because I'm a visual person, but if you get one of her books, you will understand right away. don't forget the press part - and be sure to press well

Hope this helps a bit. I LOVE paperpiecing!!
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hrtgirl23
Posted 2010-07-29 11:36 AM (#47892 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing


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i was also wary of paper piecing but after I started it is so easy. I made my first paper pieced quilt and love it. I agree with Char the thinner the paper the easier it is to remove.
Crystal
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Gerda
Posted 2010-07-29 12:40 PM (#47902 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing



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I like the accuracy, but hate the waste, and fiddling to get pieces in the right place. SO - I do regular piecing 99% of the time. I do know gals who LOOOOOOVVVVE PPing.

Gerda
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Janome
Posted 2011-03-09 12:46 PM (#57489 - in reply to #17739)
Subject: Re: Paper Piecing


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Carol Doak method has very little waste, her instructions tell you what size to cut, I have 4 of her books and took a class from her. All her books have detailed instructions on how to do her method and you can get some of her books for a great price at Halfprice Books in Texas not sure if they have stores anywhere else.
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