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Date: 4/11/12 1:39 PM

I've signed up to take a class with Gail Garber in September through my quilt guild, which I just joined. The class will be based on Garber's 2010 book, Flying Colors, which seems to be about using flying geese blocks to form more "swoopy" shapes - not just geometric shapes - using foundation paper piecing methods.

I have never done any foundation paper piecing. Can anyone recommend a good book on this topic?

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Date: 4/11/12 2:14 PM

I wasn't familiar with Gail Garber so I had to look up her book. It's now on it's way to my house... It looks very exciting! I love curves.

Normally I would point you to Carol Doak's books, but there are at least a couple different ways to do foundation piecing, and I'm not sure Gail does it the same way Carol does. I'll find out Friday when I get the book. The way Carol teaches it you sew through the paper, but there's another way where you fold back the paper and sew along the edge.

You could always get Gail's book...?

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Date: 4/11/12 9:30 PM

That book looks interesting. I have enjoyed recently freezer paper foundation piecing which can be used with any foundation pieced work. Judy Mathieson is the persone who introduced the technique. But I have been looking for something more advanced and curved shapes have been a challenge to me, so maybe this is the way learn that method too.

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Date: 4/11/12 10:19 PM

I just ordered the Flying Colors book - I won't be surprised if the book is at a more advanced level than I am ready to tackle, since I've never done any foundation piecing. But, I'll give it a try and I'll be back here if (when) I need help!

I also plan to check out Carol Doak and Judy Mathieson. Thanks for your help!

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Date: 4/12/12 10:16 AM

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I won't be surprised if the book is at a more advanced level than I am ready to tackle, since I've never done any foundation piecing.

No one says you have to make designs that are as complicated as the one on the cover of her book. You could start with something simple just to practice the technique (maybe one with only straight lines) and work up from there.

Either way please pipe up if you have any questions

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Date: 4/12/12 10:56 AM

There is a difference between foundation piecing and paper piecing.

Fabric is used for foundation piecing and is left in place as a foundation. This method is normally used when the quilt is made from delicate fabrics.

Paper piecing is just that and the paper is usually removed.

Folding back and then stitching sounds like a good idea when paper piecing as removing the paper after it has been stitched can cause the stitching to loosen a bit.

As for classes, the instructor usually prefers the students to be a blank slate.

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Date: 4/12/12 8:34 PM

Oh, me oh my. I'm going to be a completely blank slate! Thanks so much for all of your encouraging words. I'm sure I'll be back here for help once I try some foundation AND paper piecing!

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Date: 4/12/12 8:48 PM

PattyAnnJ is right... that is the traditional appoach to paper and foundation piecing methods but there are new innovative methods as well that are slightly different than the traditional. For your sake Kippysan, learn and use the Gail Garber method and then go back to read or find tutorials on the more traditional techniques. It will make sense. It does not matter what you learn first.

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