July 2022 Meeting

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July Meeting was all about paper piecing, taught by Jennifer McNeil. Show and tell pics coming soon!

Here is the supply list ( and some tips!) she referenced at the meeting:

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Foundation Paper Piecing – Supply List:

–         Paper for the patterns

o   Copy paper – 100% recycled multipurpose paper (thinner and more pliable than non-recycled paper; Carolyn Friedlander’s choice; durable, though hard to rip off at the end of the project; good for larger shapes)

o   Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper (easy to work with and remove; expensive)

o   Newsprint (slightly thinner than quilting foundation paper; much cheaper) – recommended for most FPP

o   Vellum (transparent, but delicate)

o   June Taylor Perfect Piecing Paper (sturdy and transparent; expensive; does not need to be removed; great for tiny piecing and detail work)

–         Rotary Cutter

o   Recommended – 28mm rotary cutter (easier for small projects)

o   You may also want a separate rotary cutter just for paper, since it dulls the blade

–         Cutting Mat

–         Ruler

o   Recommended – Add a Quarter Plus

o   For projects with tight seams, use an Add an Eighth Plus

o   You can also use a regular ruler or the original Add a Quarter/Eighth ruler

–         Thread

o   50wt cotton – good for most projects

o   80wt is recommended for small piecing

§  Aurifil – 80wt cotton

§  Decobob (Wonderfil) – 80wt polyester

–         Extrafine Seam Ripper

o   FPP uses a smaller than normal stitch length, so you will need a sharp seam ripper

–         Pressing tool

o   Seam roller (good for tiny piecing)

o   Mini iron

–         Basic Sewing Supplies (pins, scissors, etc.)

–         OPTIONAL:

o   Lightbox

o   Glue Stick

o   Purple Thang or tweezers – helpful for removing paper at the end of the project


–         Use short stitch – 18-20 stitches per inch.  The stitches should be tight enough to perforate the paper for easy paper removal, but not so tight that seam ripping becomes impossible.

–         Use an 80/12 or 90/14 universal or sharp needle.

–         When sewing, stitch two or three stitches beyond the drawn line.  This allows the next line of stitches to lock the previous line of stitches in place.

–         Iron without steam.  Press carefully to avoid tucks in the fabric. 

–         Remove the paper at the end of the project.

–         Fabric – no need to worry about bias!

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