University City, MO, US

craft interests: embroidery, quilting, sewing, counted cross stitch

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Birthday: 03/13/1947

Member Since: 09/13/2008

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Re: How To: English Paper Piecing Project

Re-reading the instructions, I note that the fusable interfacing was specific to that project. Yes, it's probably pretty sensible in that use. Sorry if I've misled anyone.

Re: How To: English Paper Piecing Project

Irranch, the easiest way to finish off the edges is to whip-stitch them together just as you did for the piecing. I made a few smaller projects using hexagons, and that's what I did. Just be sure the saw-tooth edges are on the sides, and put half-hexagons in the spaces at top and bottom to make a smooth edge where it will go under your chin.

By the way, I have two differences with the person who did the illustrations.

(1) I never used fusible interfacing for a paper-piece project. Instead, I just basted the pieced motif to the background fabric, papers and all. Then appliqued it into place. When it was completely closed with nice fine applique stitches, I went to the background and cut away all but a quarter-inch of the background. This exposes the papers. Then pull out your basting stitches (You always make sure your knots are on the right side, of course) and pop the papers. Doesn't get stiffer than regular fabric that way.

(2) I used somewhat smaller basting stitches that the pictures illustrate. You want to be sure your sides stay nice and smooth, your corners neatly tucked in, for when you do your whipstitches. This is especially important if you are doing more than one shape, as in the Ferris Wheel design. You can lose track of those corners awfully easily when you are putting hexagons, squares and triangles all together.

I always bought pre-cut paper pieces from