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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Foundation piecing-when should I take of the paper?

    I am thinking of using muslin as foundation , because I am finding the blocks with removed paper S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y. But I would still remove paper before sewing in rows because the paper in seams would be so hard to get at. I did not think I would find removing paper so annoying, but I do.

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    Default Re: Foundation piecing-when should I take of the paper?

    I do a lot of paper piecing, including some pretty intricate ones. I usually leave the paper on, as it lets me see that everything is lined up perfectly. I use a shorter stitch length as I did when making the blocks. I remove the strips that are in the seam line after joining two pieces, like Renate said. As the top gets bigger (and heavier!) I sometimes remove all the paper from the blocks that are completely surrounded by others. I have to admit, I don't stress over every little tiny bit of paper - I can't see that a little fleck is going to hurt anything if I miss removing it.
    If you can't see the mistake from the back of a galloping horse, nobody is going to notice it.

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    Default Re: Foundation piecing-when should I take of the paper?

    During a recent Bonnie Hunter class we did a lot of foundation piecing. Her method is paper rather than fabric since paper has no bias, press finished block, then cut to size, then remove paper before sewing into rows.

    I used kid's scribble pad from the dollar store, a smaller stitch length and it worked out just fine. The paper was easy to remove and did not come apart. The smaller stitch length helped a lot.

    I am a BIG Bonnie fan.

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    Default Re: Foundation piecing-when should I take of the paper?

    Paper being difficult to get off? Sprints a little water on it! Works like a charm!
    “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ― John Muir
    “We can be many things in this life, choose to be kind!” ― author unknown

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    Default Re: Foundation piecing-when should I take of the paper?

    Getting the paper wet also helps when you use a water soluble glue stick to prep for English Paper Piecing.

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