Anybody paper-piecing a quilt?

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  1. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Christmas quilt on the cover of the Quilter Magazine is so pretty. I was in Hancock's of Paducah several weeks ago and one of the ladies was cutting this fabric for a catalog sale. It is simply beautiful!

    I am almost finished with my first paper-pieced wall quilt and I think this quilt could be paper-pieced. I've made a log cabin and this is just the Courthouse Steps pattern. The fabric is pricey so I may give myself a Christmas gift. I think I have fabric in my stash that could also be used.

    I checked out the designer on the web, the late Laurel Burch.

    If interested, log on to www.thequiltermag.com (Holiday 2008 issue)
     
  2. I've made a lot of quilts but don't think i have made a paper pieced quilt so here is my stupid question, what is a paper pieced quilt marrie
     
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Paper piecing/ foundation piecing is on my list of things that I want to learn.

    Here is a website that offers some free paper piecing patterns:

    http://www.geocities.com/Pcpiecers/freepatterns.html


    Here is a lesson with a practice pattern to print out and sew:

    http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingthree.html


    Some of the patterns that Ive seen looked really complicated. I saw a woman doing a Mariners Compass type pattern with paper and she said that the points come out perfect!



    Chel
     
  4. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it is really easy. I didn't understand so I got help from my local fabric store. They had a class with it.

    I always have trouble getting that 1/4" seam, even with several gadgets. The last website by eggchel "quilterscache" is a good explanation. Everything comes out so accurate. I doubt that I could do accurate sewing for mariners points without foundation sewing.

    Another good thing is if you would like to make the quilt smaller or bigger, just go to a xerox machine. My printer/xerox machine does just one setting. One thing the woman told me at the fabric store was to buy the thin lined notebook paper because it can be pulled off easier than the thicker xerox paper. I haven't come to that part yet.

    I did a family photo wall quilt (log cabin pattern) and it would have been so much easier if I had used paper-piecing.

    I saw a good tip on the Fons and Porter quilt show several weeks ago. Instead of buying a pressing tool, just take a spring clothes pin, take it apart and use the small end to press the seams open; it works better than finger pressing.
     
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  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Id love to see a picture of this quilt. Are there photos in the centers of each square?
    Can you upload a picture here?
    Im working on a wall hanging that uses a photo printed on fabric. Id like eventually to do a family quilt plus a couple memorial quilts with photos.


    Chel
     
  6. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a photo right now but my DH bought a new camera so I want to take a picture of all my quilting. Several I've given away.

    About the photos. I took muslin and old family photos to a copy store. I found that black and white photos worked better. I had photos of family going back to great-grandparents. I didn't have one of my paternal great-grandfather--my brother gave me one after the quilt was completed so I may put that one on the back.

    I also put names and dates with the photos which were copied below the photos. My cousin makes her photos on her printer--she doesn't even have a computer. It is sort of like t-shirts. Mine was more expensive at the copy store. I worked on it off and on for about six years. I was also working full time. I used mostly scraps and sale fabric.

    I made squares of log cabin with the photo in the center. The photos were different sizes so I had to adjust for that. If I made another one, I would make the squares 10" instead of 12". My quilt is about 50" x 50" with a muslin back--16 photos in all.

    My aunt and cousins really liked it--probably more so if I would have put their photos on it. ha. But we share the same relatives. I had my and DH photos in the center--our two sons' baby pics. Right side my mother's family and left dad's family.

    I will try to take some photos because I hope it will become an heirloom. It also connects the present generation to the past for our kids.
     
  7. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggchel, I have a picture but I haven't figured out yet how to upload it.
     
  8. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If the photo is in your computer then you can upload it directly to byc.

    In the menu bar of the byc page, click on "Uploads" then click on "browse" to locate the photo on your hard drive and then decide whether to resize and then click submit.


    Once the photo is uploaded, click on the url and copy it to your post.

    When you want to see/access your collection of uploaded photos, go to Uploads and click on "My Uploads" in the bottom right corner.
     
  9. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Hope this works. How do I show multiple photos?
     
  10. country lady

    country lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggchel, I was unable to upload the photos because I have JPG. The message read: ERROR: wrong filetype (has to be JPEG, PNG or .GEF.)

    That would have been the easy way. Do I have to use Photo Bucket or is there another way I can upload directly similar to JPEG?
     

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