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Date: 10/21/13 10:45 PM

I want to learn paper piecing and have been trying to find a book that could teach me how. Haven't been able to pinpoint one.. Been looking at Amazon but not gotten much wiser. Would be great to get some recommendations. I am totally new at this. I have two patterns waiting for me that I want to make..but I need to learn how first. ;)
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Date: 10/21/13 11:08 PM

I haven't come across any books, I find a page or two in a general quilting book is pretty common, but... I have found these videos by Sue Daley really helpful EPP videos

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Date: 10/22/13 0:35 AM

I would recommend Carol Doak. She has some great books and techniques that really make a difference in accuracy. A great teacher also. I think she teaches a class on Craftsy that I understand is great.

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Date: 10/22/13 2:45 AM

I really don't think you need a formal book for it. Most paper (or foundation--an alternate way to say the same thing) piecing is pretty basic once you get the concept and try a couple of simple patterns.

One tool I highly recommend is an "add a quarter inch" set of rulers. These are very helpful for the most important part of paper piecing--ensuring that you cut an accurate 1/4" seam allowance. This is especially important once you start doing patterns that involve piecing several blocks together. Since you leave the papers on, and you're sewing front to front, you have a sew line on BOTH sides of the fabric and it's really hard to match those sew lines up if you don't have an accurate 1/4" seam allowance to properly align the pieces.

Then remember the three main steps of paper piecing--it's kind of a rhythm to it.

1. Add the piece--whether it's the first piece or one you've just sewn and ironed, you look for the next sew line, fold the paper, measure your 1/4" seam allowance and trim the excess.

2. Sew the next piece on.

3. Iron the new piece into place

4. Trim the 1/4" seam allowance for the next sew line.

Keep those steps in mind and don't try to trim ahead, because as you add fabrics, there may be more trimming to do.

Also, on any pattern that requires you to make copies, NEVER EVER EVER sew on the original pattern. You'll need that in case you make a bad mistake, to make extra copies. Mark it with a bright colored note: ORIGINAL! DO NOT SEW!! Now some patterns (like Judy Niemeyer patterns) you are expected to sew on those papers and there's a cost involved in ordering replacements, so while you're learning with more basic patterns, practice pulling out stitches (from the non-paper side) and taping the papers together to repair a mistake. You probably won't have to force yourself to make errors, either They're pretty good about appearing naturally.

Look online for some basic paper piecing patterns--there's a simple tree pattern that's relatively common and mess around with that. Then just go to town on other patterns.
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Date: 10/22/13 7:17 AM

I second the Carol Doak suggestion. She has out software programs to allow you to print many blocks in various sizes.

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Date: 10/22/13 4:28 PM

Carol doak's first book is available as DVD that was what I used to learn, once you see her do it you will pick it up quickly. She does do a craftsy class as well, and she has a new book out with DVD.
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Date: 10/22/13 4:33 PM

Thanks everyone. :)

I am pondering taking that Craftsy class. I ordered one of Carol's books.
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Date: 10/22/13 10:09 PM

Doh! I have two EPP projects on the coffee table so that's where my head went first. I can also recommend Carol Doak, her books are well written, just don't get overconfident like I did and decide to make a 3 1/2" miniature mariners compass
The Craftsy 2012 block of the month course is free and has a block and video on paper piecing, which I found really helpful too.

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Date: 10/22/13 10:15 PM

There are free videos on youtube.

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Date: 10/22/13 10:28 PM

Thank you for starting this thread! I've only done one small very simple 9 patch baby quilt with leftover flannel I had from making burp cloths. That project got me paying more attention to quilts and I ended up falling in love with Jinny Byers's moonglow pattern. I hadn't a clue where to start so left it to simmer in the back of my brain. Have you picked out a pattern?

Edited to thank everyone! Lots of helpful info.
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