Thursday, October 6, 2011

Guest #48 Elaine, paper piecing and LOOK PURPLE bag giveaway!

Thank you Madame Samm for asking me to host today!  My blogging skills are limited - but dear friend Jane has encouraged me to give it another try!  I TRULY appreciate the monumental undertaking this 3 MONTH extravaganza has been for Madame.  It's been like Christmas morning every day!  Doesn't get much better than that!

I've always loved paper piecing - but once I was taught this method by a friend and fellow quilter, Barb, I was "hooked" forever!

In keeping with the ORANGE theme, I've designed a very simple candy-corn pattern!  You can also find many paper piecing patterns on the internet. 





"How do I get the pattern onto the freezer paper?"

Freezer paper can be found in the grocery store aisle with aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic storage bags, etc.
You can either trace the pattern using a light box or on a window.

Paper piecing patterns are marked with numbers, so you will just follow the numbers as you add the fabrics.

Lay pattern plastic side down on a firm surface. BEFORE you begin to add fabric, crease every solid line as shown.






Cut a piece of orange fabric at least 1/4" larger than section 1.


Iron the wrong side of the fabric to the PLASTIC side of the pattern.  




NOW fold on the solid line between section  #1 and #2. Trim fabric to 1/4 inch.



Ready for step #2!

Cut a piece of yellow fabric at least  1/4" larger than section #2.


With right sides together,  line up the edges of the orange and yellow.   You may wish to pin the paper and fabric to prevent it from shifting.




Sew (with small stitches) along the fold of the paper - do not catch the paper - but RIGHT next to it! Be sure to begin sewing at least 1/4" before the sewing line and 1/4" beyond the sewing line.



Open the orange and yellow fabrics and iron it in place from the fabric side - making sure it's flat without a tuck in the seam line!  







For  #3 cut a piece of white fabric larger than the section.




With right sides together,  line up the edges of the orange and white.  You may wish to pin the paper and fabric to prevent it from shifting.



Head to the machine and repeat the sewing. Remember not to catch the paper and remember to sew a 1/4" before the line and after the line!

Flip it over and iron the white section.




Here is how it looks so far!!



Onto section #4.
Fold back section #4 and trim fabric to 1/4 inch.




Cut a piece of background fabric about an inch larger than section #4.  The extra fabric is to cover the fact that this is an angle (oh no!  not an angle!!) piece!  In the photo you can see that I've lined up the black fabric with the orange/white/yellow edge and then flipped it out so that I'm SURE it will cover before I cut it!  Now sew!



Trim to 1/4 inch.


Repeat for section #5.



Last step!!!
Time to trim the block.




Peel off the freezer paper.




DONE!!!




I decided that a cute mug rug would be perfect for this "corny" little pattern!!  (Just a note - a friend from my quilt guild is the granddaughter of the man who invented candy corn!!  Neat, huh?!!)  But you could use it for anything!  If you go to Google - there are tons of tutorials out there for mug rugs, coasters, teeny pot holders - or make several and whip up a wall hanging or table runner! 

One of the "beauties" of this method - the freezer paper pattern is good 10 for more uses!  Say you want to make a pineapple quilt - you don't need to make gazillions of copies of the pattern!  Only using it once? - save it for another day!  AND when you peel off the freezer paper - no messy bits of paper or pulled out stitches!  It's done!!

Here are some examples of work I've done using this method! 





  
Hope you will give this a try!   I silently thank my friend, Barb, everytime I use it!


Editors note:
Oh my Elaine....this has been an area I have
struggled with ..paper piecing...YOU know
it is one of those things for me, I have to keep seeing
till I get it....I think by golly I am almost there lol
And a simple one with CANDY corn...I think I can
get sweet on this...great tut and your assistant Jane-
well what can I say...both sweet on you...


SEW in your honor look what we have today....
( wish it was orange..they don't make orange ones lol)


This is for our QUILTERS...and we know
how you  love to take your machines wherever you go...
well now you will go in style...




This beautiful large wheeled bag - has more compartments

than you can possibly imagine...
it is perfect for even the largest machine...
it has an extension handle sew easy to tag along on your next
quilt retreat... and it is PURPLE
BLUE FIG is our sponsor of these bags...
and to add to it a Winter quilt Batting from Bosal 
who has Katahdin lightweight organic cotton, stable enough
for all of your hand and machine quilting...
( Did I mention there are a few extra surprises in the bag too?)

We have had a few winners of these bags 
and I just know they loved them....

SEW what say YOU?
Would you like one? ASK around there are 
many treasures inside too...

Elaine does not have a blog
sew all you need to do today well
is to SWEETen her up with compliments
here and be a follower on this blog..
And tell me this...I really want to know..
When was the last time you purchased fabric
and what was it?
Who is wheeling this out of here?
( color is more in the photo I took) 



316 comments:

  1. I would love, love, love to win this bag!! I just got a new sewing machine and to have a travel bag would be a dream come true! Thanks so much for the paper piecing lesson. I have tried paper piecing a couple of times and I feel like I'm all thumbs. I always need my seam ripper nearby for those pieces that are backwards when I finish sewing a seam. The results are always amazing though and I would like to give it another try following these hints. Thanks!!

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  2. I LOVE the color of this bag. It looks like it has many useful pockets for storage of rulers and other sewing implements that are important!
    Unfortunately I just got off line from buying MORE fabric! Aaaah. It was fabric from the Moda line of strawberry fields by figleaf. I missed out on a finishing kit for my 2011 BOM and so needed to source all the fabric individually for its completion - 2 shops. I also got some fabric from lark for a black and white bag my niece has asked me to make her! :)

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  3. Thanks, Elaine, for this tutorial. I have shied away from foundation paper piecing because I felt like it looked like so much tedious work (especially pulling the paper out after you finish sewing!), so this opens my eyes to another (better?) way to paper piece!

    Now Madame Samm, I have to say that I just bought fabric last week and it arrived on Monday! YAY! It was a set of three fqs of Far Far Away III, for a special project I hope to get finished before Christmas. :)

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  4. I would sooooooooooo love to win this bag.....I love to paper piece and this looks to be a fun project....thanks Elaine for a great tutorial.....candy corn is so good!.....the last fabric I bought was a yard of vintage peacock fabric over a month ago, shhhhhh I am on a fabric diet, but had to have it! :)

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  5. I would love such a bag. Yesterday I bought a new sewing machine. I go to courses in October, would be such a great bag to take sewing machine.
    I got pretty fabrics. I started to sew Christmas projects.
    Thanks for playing!

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  6. Loved the tut about paper piecing. I've tried for Dear Jane, but so far it's just stumbling along:-)
    I've ordered fabric three times this week, some snuggly stuff as background, some batics for a ongoing project, a couple of Bella solids jelly rolls and 8 yards of fabric from Joanna Figueroa. I'd love to have one of these wheeled bags.

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  7. I love the great tutorial and I love purple! I just got a new sewing machine at the AQS show and need a bag to bring it to retreats. The last fabric I bought was Art Gallery at the show to add to my stash.

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  8. Thanks so much for this tut! Someone showed this paper piecing method in a quilt class a few years ago and I forgot the details so this tut will be one I refer to time and time again! Fabric...I bought blueberry fabrics to make several table runners for friends and myself about a month ago! I'm a quilter and follow Sew we Quilt and Ellison Lane Quilts

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  9. This bag would be perfect for me! I'm a little person and can't do a lot of "heavy" lifting. So with this bag being on wheels would do a great deal of good for me when I'm on the go with my sewing machine.

    Thanks so much Elaine for giving us the chance to win this great bag.

    The last time I bought fabric it was at Joann's for my mother's quilt I made for her for her birthday. It was green and purple fabric (her favorite colors). :)

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  10. What a great way of doing paper piecing Elaine - and by extension, Barb - I will certainly re-try using this method - peel off is certainly more apeeling, and no little bits left in the corners. Wow! Last fabric I bought, Madame Samm, was some smiley-faced daisies with bees and butterflies and bugs, together with coordinating fabrics to make a quilt for my expected grandbaby in November. Would enjoy that purple bag and whatever suprises it contains. ...Margaret

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  11. My oh my - how I want this bag!! Its quite heavy carrying the machine around everywhere I take it :o) Paper piecing is one of the things I have never got to try, I havent quite managed to see the light on this.... But your tutorial, Elaine, made it look manageable even for me :o) So I think I will have to give it a try sometime! Thanks :o)

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  12. Oh - and about the fabric, I bought some last week from jackie at Canton Village. She is hosting a BLoggers BOM and Im in. Using only Kaffe Fassett in red/pink/purple/blue I suddenly realised I needed some more blue :o) And she is fast - even to Norway it takes just about a week!

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  13. Hi Mdm Samm, Well...what can I say Elaine? THANKYOU, THANKYOU, THANKYOU!! I have struggled with paper piecing for YEARS!! (I still have the UFO that called for paper piecing, squashed in a bag somewhere ...lol...) The way you have shown it is great! I actually think I could manage it this way, with freezer paper. I even went to a class that taught it, with normal paper, and still struggled - hence the project becoming a UFO! Now, hmmm... fabric - I bought HEAPS of GAWJUS Minkee (ready for grandbaby number 6) and it actually arrived TODAY! One is in the softest pink twirled into little rosettes, it is beautiful (hope my daughter has a girl!)
    So thankyou again, I am keeping this tutorial in my favourites so I can refer back to it any time!
    Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  14. Oh, sorry I forgot to ask.. "What is Candy Corn?" Is it just a lolly shaped like a corn kernel? Or is it actually sweetcorn with lolly on top? We dont have anything like it here in Australia. So, maybe if the winner is an Aussie, could you send them some Candy Corn too??
    ..ha..ha..
    Hugs n Blessings from Sue in Oz xx

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  15. The purple bag is really cute! Totally girly ;)
    And the last time I purchased fabric... well, that was 2 days ago :) I got 20% off in Fat Quarter Shop and I made a huge order. I mean really huge. 4 Flat Rate envelopes will come to me from US. Can't wait to see the fabric alive!

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  16. Thank you very much Elaine for your elaborate yet clear tutorial on how to paper piece.
    With paper piecing the world is at your feet, because you could really make anything, couldn't you?
    What a great give away, too
    Thank you Corry (quilttaffy) for letting me now.
    Hope to win!

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  17. This is the tutorial that will help me to get paper piecing I think. Great job Elaine. I would love to win this bag. My machine is heavy! Ellison Lane is my sponsor.

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  18. Thank you Elaine for that wonderful tutorial! You are amazingly talented obviously! I'm sure you're also a very nice person.....Do you get it yet? I would really, really, really like that bag! It's purple...I love all things purple. My last fabric purchase was on September 24th. But I have been stocking up lately! I now have fabric for two new quilts and loads of stitchery. Check my blog for all the details (with pictures!): www.lifeandeverythingaroundit.blogspot.com

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  19. I love freezer paper paperpiecing. I did a tutorial on my blog a couple of years ago!!! I would love to have a bag like this for taking to my guild classes!

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  20. That's an easy question....I bought fabric yesterday. Three yards each black, dk brown, beige, baby blue, baby green, and lavender (Moda) Luckily I got it hidden before my husband got home from work. I am headed for my sewing room, to try this method of paper piecing. I normally sew ON the lines, but this will be great...no paper to peel away!
    Thanks for sharing this technique!
    I NEED this sewing bag. I am dying to know what surprises are inside!?!

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  21. What a great idea. I do enjoy paper piecing but this would be much easier. The last time I bought fabric was three days ago on the internet. I can't drive right now so online stores help me to fuel my need for fabric.

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  22. I have been wanting to make candy corn for a long time. Thank you Elaine for this great tutorial. The last time I purchased fabric was a few days ago at the fat quarter shop. I wanted to try the primitive muslin and I love it. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  23. The last fabric I purchased was actually this week! After a multi-month fabric buying break, I bought a few yards of Connecting Thread's HopeChest so I can make myself my first pillowcase dress!

    Thanks for the opportunity. Stray Stitches is my sponsor and I am a follower!

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  24. Paper piecing intimidates me... but that was an awesome job explaining it! The last time I bought fabric was last week. I got some camoflauge cotton for a quilt I'm making and some Christmas fabric for a tree skirt. :-)

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  25. Thank you Elaine for a wonderful tutorial - ya' done good!. I have tried this method, but old habit die hard - just love the paper and don't mind the removal or bits. Last fabric purchased was a week ago - some super cool minkie for the back of my Ghasties quilt.

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  26. I love foundation piecing/paper piecing to bits!!! I have never thought to use freezer paper, so Elaine I bow down before your GENIUS. Today I went to 3...yes 3 quilt shops during my 3 hour return journey from Canberra to Sydney. I bought something at each shop...Australian wildflower fabric, aboriginal dot painting fabric and a green paisley...oh and then when I got home I found my mail order of Halloween fabric - The Ghastleys had arrived too! A blissful fabric day indeed :)

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  27. Elaine, Thank you for the wonderful tutorial on paper-piecing. I will have to try this method with the freezer paper (I LOVE TO USE FREEZER PAPER IN MY QUILTING!). I've got a few new pp designs brewing, so your timing is perfect.

    Madame Samm, I bought fabric 10 days ago at the Flathead Quilters Guild Quilt Show. Some batiks and a little of this and that...ha ha! Love the purple bag. You know me and purple.
    Kd - www.KdQuilts.com

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  28. Loved the tutorial!

    I just bought some fabric a few weeks back at joanns store. It was flannel with skulls on it.


    chevybelair1 at juno dot com

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  29. I have been afraid of paper piecing and Elaine makes it look so easy. I am going to try the candy corn and hope for the best!

    The last time I went fabric shopping was Saturday and I picked up some gorgeous Michael Miller laminated fabric that I HAD to have, a yard of some Christmas fabric to add to my stash, 2 charm packs of "Grace" and some "Grace" yardage. (It was a 25% off sale so I had to take something home!!)

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  30. I NEED to make this candy corn block. SUPER CUTE. Also thank you for showing me these lighthouses, my dad loves lighthouses and I'd like to use that pattern for a quilt for him if you don't mind. How can I get it/buy it?

    As for the bag it goes without saying that I'd really appreciate it!

    Thanks for the intro!

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  31. Thanks so much for the tutorial. Very well done, clear and helpful. The quilts pictured are also gorgeous! Last fabric purchase was last Saturday, 4 1/2 yards at one of my local quilt shops.

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  32. Ohh also the last time I bought fabric was months ago and it was some Kona Solids :)

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  33. Beautiful tiny quilts. I think I will give this method of paper piecing a try. thank you, thank you for bringing it to us. Last fabric I bought was some yards of Countdown to Christmas to round out a layer cake that I am making into a quilt.

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  34. This is a great tutorial Elaine. I love to paper piece too, but the thought of having to make 100s of the same paper foundation & then pick all that paper off tires me out before I start. I'd love to win the purple bag. I'm enrolled with Shade Tree Quilting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. hi,thanks for the tutorial ,elaine,lst week i bought fabric from windham a range called "sophia",have a nice day,susi

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  36. Love the color on the bag! Thanks for the tut on paper piecing-I've done a bit but hate pulling out the paper with tweezers-I'll have to give this method a go.

    As for fabric purchase-as long as you don't tell my husband-I'll fess up to a Fat Quarter Shop purchase yesterday-fabric for a retreat for next weekend.

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  37. I'm trying not to buy more fabric but I did order some on-line as I ran out of a collection I'd bought while on a trip recently - I added SOCK MONKEY Santas to my stash!! THey are adorable!!!

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  38. What an awesome tutorial! I've been paper piecing for years and have never seen it done this way with the freezer paper. MUCH easier and way less mess. I can't wait to try it out. Thank you!!

    Hmmm....last time I bought fabric? Yesterday! LOL I ordered some finishing fabric for a BOM I'm in. :)

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  39. I love how the paper piecing makes everything look so good. I love the candy corn! What a great thing to teach us thank you!

    The last material I bought was Hoopla by Moda (jelly roll) making a duvet cover for my daughters bed.

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  40. The candy corn mug rug is soooo cute! I feel like I can't paper piece well, so this tutorial will be a great help.
    The last fabric I bought is a tonal beige for making a t-shirt quilt. A friend of ours is making our daughter's wedding dress and I'm making t-shirt quilts for her children's Christmas presents. What a great barter of skills!!

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  41. I just want to say a big thank you to Elaine. I had not seen this particular method before and I really like it. It seems very practical and there appears to be a lot less wastage. Love it. I am very keen to try it. Great post.
    Recent fabric purchase - a wideback last week for a quilt that has headed to my LAQ. Very exciting!

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  42. I would never have thought of using freezer paper! How smart is that - being able to reuse the paper makes it so much more appealing. :) And Samm my last fabric buy was some spider web fabric I found in a thrift shop in Colorado, if you don't count The Ghastlies that I ordered and am hoping will be here today. :) blessings, marlene

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  43. Well first of all I am honestly saying that Elaine's tutorial is really great. I haven't spent a lot of time checking out paper piecing yet but now I really get what it is about and I want to make my own candy corn. I love all things Halloween you know. My most recent fabric purchase was the 10+ yards I will need for Sunshine's 100 Good Wishes Quilt backing. I haven't started to piece hers yet as I am doing the binding on Jammer's OHGWQ but I've been hunting for the right backing for hers for about 4 years and when I finally found it, I bought it immediately. I was estatic to finally find the fabric that will be perfect for the back of her very special quilt.

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  44. I think this is SEW clever. I will have to come back to it and give it a try for sure. My first thought was "freezer paper? that will dull the needle in a hurry" When I saw that you don't sew thru the paper, I thought "genius! No extra cleaning the bobbin area after paper piecing."

    My last fabric purchase was two one-yard pieces of green fabric to use as binding. I wasn't sure which would be "perfect" for it. Of course it was the not the one I really thought would work. (that was almost two weeks ago - I am really REALLY trying to only use stash for a while.)

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  45. Thank you so much Elaine! I've wonder what the difference was using freezer paper vs regular paper. Easy instructions, thank you!

    Lovely bag Samm, love purple. My last purchase of fabric was just last week. Three yards of various fabrics from Thousands of bolts...to make our next mystery quilt with :)

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  46. I loved this tutorial.So clever!!!I bought 2,5 meters of fabric yesterday just becaused I liked them!!! lol

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  47. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I have tried paper piecing before but I like this method much better. No more pulled stitches or paper shreds left behind. This candy corn is too cute. I will be making a set up as coasters for a gift. Great ideas.
    I would love to win this bag. It would help with travel of my machine.
    Have a great day.

    Rhonda

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  48. I've been wanting to learn how to paper piece. I hope that your great tutorial will help me along. I really need a rolling tote for the machine that I converted to a hand crank yesterday. The last fabric I purchased (from my LQS, we won't mention the thrift store purchases) was on Friday at a new store I hadn't been to before. I got a white on white with circles, like targets on it to use as 'eyes' on an Owl quilt I have the pattern for. The store (another store a few years ago) used the same fabric for the eyes on their demo quilt, but, had sold out of it. My son's favorite color is PURPLE. Gotta go eat some candy corn now!

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  49. Freezer paper is a new thought on the paper piecing idea for me, though I have only been piecing since the beginning of this Campaign! Thank you for the inspiration!

    The last time I bought fabric was last week for our Halloween costumes. It should have been a few months ago so I could have them more finished but we couldn't decide. I can't tell you what we will be, but I can say that there are a lot of neutral colors!

    I don't think I have ever bought fabric specifically for quilting, though maybe I should for the back of the QAL full size I just made following Melissa Corry.

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  50. Good Morning Elaine and Madame Samm. Elaine thank you for all your tips with paper piecing. I have tried pp before but could not quite get it but then again I did not have the method that you are showing above. I love the look and precision that you get with pp so I will defiently try your method, thank you somuch for sharing this with us. I will keep you posted on how it turns out. Madame Samm this is a wonderful prize. I always worry when I take my sewing machine in my car because I can only put it in a box with all the supplies stuffed around it so winning this would be awesome.
    As to your question, I last bought some Ghastlie fabric, 2 yds. on Friday and come to think about it, it has not arrived yet, thank you for the reminder...Thanks again to you Elaine and your friend Jane, Blue Fig and Bosal for being our give-a-way sponsors and to you Madame Samm well just for being you. Have a wonderful day!

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  51. Excellent tute! I love to paper piece. I have the same lighthouse pattern and have used it in a variety of projects!! My last fabric purchase was a deep, dark navy blue to make the sashing units for 6" sampler blocks that I constructed while traveling during the winter.

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  52. Oh my goodness that candy corn block is just too cute for words! I've got an idea... make the block, applique it to T-shirts... and a cool gift for the granddaughters this weekend! Oh, thank you so much for sharing this with us, Elaine! I'm sure my granddaughters will want to thank you too!

    My latest fabric purchase was yesterday: Moda's "Hometown"... purchased enough of the print with all the hometowns printed on it to use as the backing for a quilt using the reds from that line. It's going to be perfect... the quilt is for my sister, whose husband is in the military and they've lived in a bunch of those places.

    Would I like a wheelie bag for quilting retreats? You betcha I would... and purple is my favorite color too!

    I'm a follower of Stash Manicure and have been lovin' all the give-aways, even when I don't win!

    I am a quilter...

    :)

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  53. Good Morning, Madame Samm!! Thank you, Elaine, for the freezer paper version of paper piecing..... I want to try this so badly... soon!!

    The last fabric I purchased was the Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater.... {love}

    Have a wonderful day ladies!!

    Hugs ~~ Suz
    inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

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  54. The last fabric I bought were two ginghams (one red, one black), a mottled red, and some lace trim.

    I'm making curtains for a play kitchen for my nieces (ages 1 & 3). The kitchen, some felt food, pots, pans, dishes, etc. will be their Christmas gift this year.

    I can see some aprons, pot-holders and other fabric kitchen related goodies in their future. :)


    I follow your blog through GoogleReader.

    I absolutely LOVE those lighthouses. I think I'll try drafting my own pattern. :)

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  55. Love that bag!!! I like to paper piece, so this method would definitely save me some paper.I stopped in at my LQS the other day and bought 3 charm packs (I love them!!), Hometown, Coming Home and Terrain.

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  56. Elaine's tutorial was fantastic. I admit I have never tried paper piecing because of how intimidated I was but she made it so crystal clear!!! Thanks Elaine! The last fabric I purchased was a bliss charm pack. I ended up making a tote out of it last week! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I love paper piecing. I do it a little different than this but it is always nice to learn something new. Thanks for sharing. I am a quilter (but you probably already knew that) have a great day!!

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  58. As a newbie quilter, I'd heard about paper piecing, but this is the first tutorial I've seen, and it is a very detailed one. Thank-you Elaine. I will add this to my list of techniques to try.

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  59. Great tutorial. It really makes paper-piecing look manageable. And, again...amazing giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance. My last purchase of fabric was from Sew Mama Sew and it was a whole bunch of solids and prints that I have been holding on my wish list. Can't wait to work with them all!

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  60. What a great tutorial from Elaine. I've tried paper piecing before and really struggled getting the small bits of paper out, not anymore. I bought fabric last week for a block swap I'm in where you send a fat eighth to 15 other people and they make a block and return it to you.

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  61. What a cute bag!
    i've never seen paper piecing donw that way... hmm I've used ricky tims, paper- by printing out from EQ.....interest! I HAVE to try it, because I have a big top with paper behind it and I'm WAITING To rip off the paper.
    I'm a follower :-)
    My last fabric purchase was 2 days ago I ordered some christmas fabric from jovial, had an AWESOME coupon code.... yesterday I did buy 2 yrd for a backing for a quilt AND a TWIST and TURN template.... So many quilts SEW little time.

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  62. I am a Wantobe bur I have to comment, maybe Michelle(theraspberryrabbits) my Sponsor will win this.

    Thanks Elaine!! This is a great piece to add to my book of Tut's from here!!

    I am a follower here and I LOVE the color of this Bag! Gosh I buy fabric a couple times a week, yesterday I bought some of French Generals New Toweling Fabric.

    Thanks Blue Fig, Bosal, and You Madame Samm is Wonderful!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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  63. Great tutorial! I love that you don't have to tear the pattern up after you are done sewing.
    I would love to win that beautiful purple bag for toting my sewing machine in to classes and retreats. Thanks for such a fantastic giveaway.

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  65. I bought fabric October 1, went to a fall shop hop with my friends. It was so much fun and I love the fabric. The fabric will be going into the stash pile, no plans for it yet.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Great job on the tutorial. I love paper piecing as well. My last paper piecing project I made an MS awareness ribbon for a quilt label. The quilt was raffled to raise money for the MS Society-Delaware chapter. The last time I bought fabric was about two weeks ago. I was solid quilter's cotton. I am using it in a cross stitch quilt I am making for my husband of Link from Zelda and his triforce symbol. Yes, my husband is a geek but I still love him!

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  67. I would sew love to win this bag!! Oh my gosh, you're rubbing off on my Samm!!:) I love the tutorial on paper piecing, I already have the freezer paper, but never tried this. It looks easy enough, I'm on vacation next week and I can make a few of those candy corns. I love it. Thank you so much for the tutorial. You did a wonderful job explaining it to me. Thanks again and thanks to the sponsors and Madame Samm.

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  68. I must try this method of paper piecing. It looks soooo much easier and more efficient than what I have been doing. You can also print on your freezer paper from your printer. Cut out a piece large enough and tape it with tiny pieces of tape to your printer paper then run it through. If it is a small piece print it first on your regular paper so you can tell the correct placement of the freezer paper - works great for small templates and such too. I've also read you can iron the FP to the printer paper instead of taping. For some reason I haven't tried that.
    Would love this bag since I am hoping a new machine in is in Santa's bag for me this Christmas. I would need to carry to classes in style, wouldn't I? I follow here, am a quilter and the last fabric I bought was some muslin for an embroidered Christmas banner.
    I am loving all these give-aways and am confident I will see my name on the blog some morning. Thank you Madam Samm and Elaine.

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  69. How cute and timely. I've been trying a little paper piecing and this will be very helpful with the step by step pics. Oh my! Those tiny blocks are amazing!!!
    Of course I'm a follower here and it's been too much fun.
    The last time I bought fabric was just a few days ago at Fat Quarter Shop and it should be here today or tomorrow. I'm at the opposite end of the states from them. Since I missed the give away day for the Amanda Murpy fabric I couldn't wait any longer and ordered it! More would always be appreciated, lol. Love that Veranda. I also ordered some pooches and pickups On SALE!!!! I've been wanting that one for quite a while.
    Thanks M. Sammi for another great giveaway :o)

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  70. I love to paper piece and had just thought that I should pick a project to do because I hadn't made anything lately with this method. I have not tried the freezer paper technique but plan to. The only part of paper piecing that I don't like is removing the paper so this sounds great. The last fabric I purchased was some crazy animal prints to make a beach blanket. I am a quilter from Marcia's crafty sewing and quilting.

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  71. Elaine did a great job of explaining the paperless paper piecing. I bought a batik Tonga Treat two weeks ago at the NW Quilt Expo. Our guild was selling tickets for our opportunity quilt, which was done with paperless paper piecing method!

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  72. Elaine, I just love the lighthouse blocks you have made with this technique. I am going to have to try it. The very last fabric I purchased was a bunch of solid color fat quarters. Before that it was my Ghastlie stash for this year.

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  73. Bag is my color! I would love to wheel it around. Elaine, this was an excellent tutorial on paper piecing and freezer paper. And I love the candy corn block---one of my favorite treats!
    The last fabric I purchased was batiks, about 6 yards in blues, browns, and golds for a guilt for a wedding gift. The loved it!
    Thanks again, great job.

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  74. Great tut. Paper piecing is on my list of wanttodos. Hey I wonder how many Wantobes now have a wanttodo list?

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  75. Hi,
    Thanks Elaine for such a great Tutorial. As a wantobe, this looks like something I can do. (I've done applique, but so much wanted to do the paper piecing in a quilt and couldn't quite figure it out)
    Love the candy corn, perfect for this time of year.

    The last fabric I bought was to make the star quilt square to send for the soldier's quilt mentioned on quiltingby dawn and sewiquilt. I hope to work on it this weekend and send it off (if it turns out ok. This will be my very first quilt square so I'm hoping it goes well)

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  76. I can't believe how clever this is! Another great use of Freezer paper. I just started using freezer paper to print inklingo 1/2 in. hexagons, and of course for applique starch turning. Your block is so cute. I love the colors and it even works on the darling teency tiny lighthouses. Thank you so much!! I hate to tear paper, it just makes me cringe!

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  77. I also love paper piecing. This is a great tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win this bag. I am curious to know what is the surprises that are inside. I bought fabric on Tuesday night for a fabric exchange on Saturday. I belong to the greatest little quilt group that meets one Saturday a month.

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  78. I also like to do paper piecing and do it basically the same way. I have never used freezer paper though. This intriques me and will definately try it the next time. As far as the last fabric I bought it was a polyester sheer. I can just see everyone cringing but I sew alot more than just quilts and needed it for another project. Would love to have this bag. It would make going to classes a whole lot easier. Thanks for the chance!

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  79. Fantastic tutorial and my sister just loves candy corns!! Mmmmmmm purple bag! Funnily enough I've ordered some Kona solids in purples for the Dead Simple QAL (button on my blog) from the Fat Quarter Shop :)

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  80. Elaine, you did a great job with your candy corn tutorial -- you are a natural!! I love the little candy corn block -- of course, I *love* all things candy corn, so it's no shock!! I also love all things PURPLE, so this is not just the perfect post for me, but the perfect giveaway for me to WIN! LOL! Really -- you did do a great job on your posting and you'd be a great addition to the quilting/blogging world. Think about it ... for the good of us all! Have a GREAT day! :)

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  81. Elaine what a great tut. And what fine work you have done with paper piecing.I am going to have to give this method a try as you have made it look sew easy.And as for the last time I bought fabric hmmm .... It would have been about a month ago online shopping for the backing for a king size quilt. That I just happened to finish yesterday and will be taking it to our daughter this Thanksgiving weekend.
    Looks like a great give away one that I sure could use taking and giving classes. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  82. thanks for sharing the tut Elaine! love the candy corns & the lighthouses are awesome! Registered with Patty at A Stitch In Time.

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  83. I'm going to have to try this method,Elaine, the one I use is similar (with the folding) but not sewing next to the freezer paper - maybe I will like it more!
    The last time I bought fabric was for a backing and it was a while ago now...I have been making scrappy quilts lately, including scrappy backs!

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  84. Hi Elaine! Great tutorial. I've done some paper piecing but I've been looking for a simple 'something' for a Halloween wallhanging and I think the candy corn is it. Thanks. As for the purple bag -- I love purple! The last fabric I bought was last night and it was a batik that I'm using in a quilt for my daughter. I bought all that was left on the bolt at 40% off. Yay me!

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  85. I love paper piecing - great tutorial - thanks Elaine. I do follow Madame Samm & a big thank-you to all the sponsors & to LilyPadQuilting too.

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  86. How cool is that! No paper to pull away! Every time I see a paper piecing tutorial I think.. nah I can't do that, until recently I have seen a few that have me thinking, hmm I'm really starting to understand... I think???.. And this makes it even more "ahh peeling"!! Get it?? Thank you!! My last fabric purchase.. don't spank me but it was at Walmart on clearance a kit. I really am new at quilting, and I want to try my machine quilting skills, so I'm doing that now. I have it all pieced, and I'm in the middle of the machine quilting process.

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  87. never seen paper piecing done before where you don't sew thru the paper. I don't know if all patterns can be done this way or not., Thanks for sharing another way to paper piece though.

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  88. Elaine, I love the paper pieced lighthouses, they are beautiful!! I bought orange fabric last weekend to make pumpkins. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow.

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  89. Great travel bag! Good luck to all of the quilters! I enjoyed the paper piecing tut very much. I agree with Elaine..this campaign is a monumental undertaking by Madame, after it is over I hope she can have a week at a spa! Have a great weekend everyone.

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  90. Great tutorial Elaine. I purchased some fabric online on Tuesday from Heather Ross' studio sale. Can't wait to see what I got as it is a blind purchase!

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  91. I wish Elaine had a blog to follow! I have never tried paper piecing, but this tutorial is going to be attempted and completed by me this weekend... Candy corn is just too cool!! Thank you so much Elaine for making this so easy to follow and using such a fun pattern! :)

    Love the bag Madame Samm! And I am forever grateful for the excellent line up of tutorials and blog sites that you have brought to my home... Thanks!!

    pumpkinhollowprimitives(at)hotmail.com

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  92. Elaine, I love to paper piece but hate pulling the paper off once stitched through. This is so ingenious...using freezer paper. I just finished a little paper pieced hummingbird.
    Yesterday I just received an order of Hometown by Sweetwater! Love it and I am waiting on my order of some Scrollwork by Joel Dewberry.
    Would love to win this sewing machine case!! Thanks to the sponsors.

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  93. I would LOVE to win this bag. I would give it to my daughter for the new sewing machine I just bought her for Christmas. My last purchase of fabric was a quarter yard bundle of Concho Mills 2 collection by Judie Rothermel, hoping it is in the mail today. I Love this tutorial on paper piecing. I wanted to try this and your lesson makes it look so easy that I will have to try it soon. I am sponsored by Kathleen Brown from Kd Quilts. I enjoy reading all the lessons on Stash Manicure and sure hope I win. Thank you for this great tutorial Elaine and thank you Madam Samm for doing this.

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  94. Way to go, Elaine! Very good tute on paper piecing, cute patterns, too. I'd love to win the bag, of course, but would still have said so :-) Fabric? I always buy something from vendors at quilt shows I attend, even if just to show participation. At a show last month, I found some Kate Spain "falalalala" fabric that I'm using on her gift boxes pattern, perfect!!

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  95. I love to paper-piece. Hadn't thought about using freezer paper so I don't have to make multiple copies. Just bought lighthouse fabric to make mug rugs for my sil for Christmas. Love the paper-pieced lighthouses. Gotta find the pattern to add to the mug rugs.

    The travel bag looks great...and its purple. WooHoo!

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  96. I sure could use this bag for when I go to sewing retreats hosted by our local guild. Have one coming up this month. I did purchase some fabric just last week and made it up in a jacket. I have paper pieced a little, will give it another try soon. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  97. Loved this method...never used freezer paper for paper piecing but I will in the future...I like the pattern too.
    I bought fabric on Tuesday afternoon...needed some batting for my TTS quilt so I picked up some fabric at the same time...I got a couple of Christmas prints, a couple of other prints(bears, cooking, coffee) for a new project.
    I am a follower,
    Mama Bear
    Sammie

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  98. Wow Elaine! I really enjoy paper-piecing but of course I hate the paper mess.... I can't wait to try your method!!! And the handle for my roller bag for my large machine broke during my last retreat, so a new one would be yummy!!!!! Thanks!!!!

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  99. I love your paper piecing...that's totally something I want to try!

    I follow your blog and would love to win that tote...what a beautiful prize. Thanks for a generous giveaway!

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  100. I would so love to win this bag, love the color and the extra pockets etc..
    Last time i purchased fabric was at Ste Marie aux Mines ( France ) : orange!!!
    Love your blog Mme. Samm.
    Thanks Elaine for the chance to win this bag, you' re the max .xxx

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  101. Oh Elaine - I never would have thought of paper piecing without tearing off the paper. Your method is wonderful! I will be trying it today!

    Madamm Samm, the last fabric I bought was at Country Threads Quilt Camp in September - for a number of wallhangings and small quilts. Most was Civil War although I am typically a bright fabric quilter.
    ~Jeanne

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  102. great tutorial! every year on quilt retreat, our retreat leader has us make paper-pieced nametags (last year it was coffee cups). this method looks easier. the last fabric i bought was a yard of the ghastlies. i have been wanting some of it for so long and now i'm too afraid to cut it!

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  103. Now that was a great tutorial on freezer paper piecing. Yeah now I understand, can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing. The sewing machine bag is a wonderful
    Gift. Thanks. I follow you.
    Oh and I bought Xmas fabric.

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  104. Great tutorial. Still not sure I am ready to try paper piecing but I am like MMe SAMM...I am getting there! Still trying to figure out all the other stuff first! I would love to win this bag! Thanks so much!

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  105. That candy corn block is adorable! And you make it look so simple :-)

    I went out and bought fabric yesterday, actually. It is UK (University of Kentucky) fabric in blue & white. My family are all big fans, so I'm planning to work it into some upcoming baby blankets.

    I've enjoyed following this blog for quite awhile now. There are always fun things going on here!

    ~ Meagan
    SnippetsAndYarns@gmail.com

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  106. I resisted buying candy corn in the store yesterday, and now I want it even more, thanks to your cute little block. I also could use the roll around bag because my makeshift luggage tote is falling apart.
    Keep up the good work. Enjoyed the tutorial.

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  107. This was a fantastic tutorial! I love paper piecing and have done some very involved and complicated pieces, but I've never seen it done this way. I'll be sure to try it on the next project.

    As for the last fabric I bought, I went into the fabric store to get 1 yard to complete a background, an off white with gold flecks. Did I stop there? NO!!! I came home with 9 yards of new fabric for my stash. Oh! The colors were so pretty!

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  108. I love paper pieceing! Such great, accurate blocks every time. This is a great tutorial and I love the candy corn pattern. Thank you!

    Right now I am waiting on the mailman to deliver an order of some snowman fabric. :o) It is time to start those holiday gifts and I am itching to start sewing.

    Thank you for the generous giveaway and for the chance to win.

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  109. My last fab purchase was a lucky one. I had made a cutting booboo--has that ever happened bafore to ayone?--and the fabric was still on a bolt at my fave quilt shop. HowI'd love to win the machine carrier - carrying mine is impossible but I think I could pull it just fine.

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  110. Elaine, thank you for the tutorial. I'm going to print out the PDF file. I hate the tearing out part too so I like the idea of pealing better. Your last two quilts are treasures, beautiful!!

    October 1st I stopped at a little quilt shop in Hayward, WI and bought some fabric from designer Laurel Burch from Clothworks called Dancing Horses.

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  111. Elaine, if you draw my name you may want to throw it back -- because if I don't win, I'm going to buy a bag for my upcoming trip to Idaho for quilt camp! I just received a big box of "Nicey Jane" scraps from my favorite etsy shop, FreshSqueezedFabrics. Can't get enough of that Nicey Jane!

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  112. My current carry case is a simply universal white plastic hard case. I would LOVE to replace it with this beauty...

    Thanks for the opportunity to win Madam Samm!!

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  113. Love the tutorial on paper piecing and with freezer paper I think I'm ready to try again. I'm also addicted to candy corn at this time of the year. Now I really need more! My last fabric purchase was black "Marbleous" by Robert Kaufman for a quilt backing. I'd love to have a traveling machine carrier as I carry mine in a sport bag now.
    Thanks Madame Samm for all the great bloggers and the chances to win such neat things. I'm learning so much.

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  114. I am going to bookmark her tute! I have paper pieced before and hated the pulled stitches, this looks so much more painless! Thank you, thank you! My last fabric purchase was Terrain by Kate Spain for a pouch swap. This bag looks like fun, and purple is my favorite color!

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  115. Don't know if I hit the right button so am trying this again!

    Love the tutorials! Great idea. Enjoyed the paper piecing. She does awesoome work. That candy corn looks even better done with beautiful fabrics. Awesome lighthouses. Will have to try paper piecing again.

    Please enter me in the drawing for the bag. Such generosity.

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  116. I have a rollaway bag, so dont include me...I just had to say how much I enjoyed this post...awesome!! puts a new light on paper piecing.

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  117. Elaine, I want you to know that paper piecing intimidates me very much, but after reading through your tutorial I actually think I can do it!! I am going to give the freezer paper a try!! Thanks for sharing!

    Madame Samm, the last fabric I bought was during a shopping spree with my girl friends in Atlanta, GA!! I bought lots of fabric but my fav had to be some of the ADORNIT collection!! Love the grey hues in their collection!!

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  118. Elaine, this is PURRRfect. I have been wanting to learn paper piecing for months now. Sew, the moment I get the chance to sit down with the computer and have gathered the materials, I am gonna try this. And the candy corn is so cute. At my rate of speed I can have a few for NEXT October. Thanks SEW much.
    Love the bag. Would be perfect for sew many things. Great for sewing items, but I could also use it in one of my trips to Haiti instead of being a pack mule and carrying everything on my back.
    Would love to win.
    My sponser is Dionn Stott or quiltscapes.
    Thanks Madam Samm.

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  119. Thanks very much for the FPP refresher. I do enjoy it, and actually have a project cut out and all ready to start sewing. No time to sew though as we're more often away from home than at home. So, that rolling bag would be an awesome addition to my travel luggage! The last time I purchased fabric was while traveling, of course. The Quiltmaker shop in Napa, California has all the modern fabrics that I love. I could have taken home some of every bolt, but settled on a few chartreuse prints for my next modern quilt. Thanks for the chance to win, Madame Samm. I am a QUILTER, and on team Marlene.

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  120. This looks like a wonderful bag, I'd love to win it. I just purchased some of Sweetwater's Hometown and some Ruby charm squares to make the picket fence baby quilt on Moda's Bake Shop. Can't wait to get started this afternoon.

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  121. Thanks, Elaine. Paper piecing with freezer paper is the way to go. None of that picking out the paper from the seams. Ugh!
    I just bought some Kona basics, snow, charcoal,light and medium grey.
    I live an hour away from Birch/FabricWorm. Two weeks ago I went to buy 3 yds of laminate fabric for an outdoor tablecloth/Birthday present. I whipped around the edges with the scalloped Olfa cutter (everyone should have one) and it was done. I also bought many more "fun" pieces.

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  122. Great tutorial, Elaine! I love that this method means I can keep using the same freezer paper for several blocks. Thanks so much for sharing your know how with us.

    The last time I bought fabric? This past Friday... I bought my first jelly roll and a charm pack of Sophie.
    Oh, I would love to be the lucky winner of this awesome prize.


    Thanks to Blue Fig, Bosal for sponsoring and to Elaine for her great tutorial. Thanks to Mdme Samm for all her work in this fun campaign!

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  123. A really terrific tutorial, Elaine. You really make it look so simple. I have only tried the Stitch-on-paper method and just hate to pull the paper off - so this will be awesome to try. Thanks to BLUE FIG and BOSAL for being such great sponsors. Judy C is a devoted follower.

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  124. OH - so that's how you save your paper patterns! My last fabric purchase was 2 yds of 3 different batiks, including a lovely red with white Xmas trees

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  125. Ahh, the last time I purchased fabric...dare I admit that I fell off the wagon? Sure, why not, hubby doesn't read here! LOL I needed some bubblegum pink for a border on my thirties quilt for his mom, so I broke down and bought some!
    Oh, I bet you are deluged with comments today -- what a bag! We all want it so badly! :) And what a SUPER tutorial...I think this one finally helps me make sense of paper piecing! So much better. Thank you Elaine for shining a light into the wilderness of PPiecing for me!!

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  126. I love this bag...would love to win it for my travels...I just purchased nylon fabric to make a beach umbrella bag for my friend..Thank you, Elaine, for the paper piecing tut...I have to try this...I love this candy corn....I am a follower...

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  127. Thank you Elaine - this method is very interesting and your blocks are beautiful. I love the feathered star especially, so lovely for fall!

    My last fabric purchase was about three yards total of several creams and a few browns for a swap with my online friends and towards the wedding quilt I am making for my daughter.

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  128. Great tutorial Elaine! I've tried the method where you stitch through the paper. I'm going to give your method a try now. The last time I bought fabric was a few weeks ago because I thought the quilt I was working on needed another border. I'm a guilter sponsored by Stray Stitches. Thanks for all you do Madame Samm and thanks to the sponsors. The bag looks great and it comes with surprises inside! We all love surprises.

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  129. please enter me in the contest. I just purchased yellow/black/white fabric for a quilt for my young professional daughter

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  130. Great tutorial on Paper piecing! Thanks Elaine!
    I would love to win the sewing machine bag and batting! I need one for retreating and Saturday sewing! It looks fantastic! I would be so pleased to win! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    I am a quilter and a follower here!

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  131. I just went to a local fabric store yesterday and bought two fat quarters of Bermuda baby Birds by Urban Zoologie. They were so cute and I am sure that I can find SOMETHING to do with them ;) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  132. I have never been able to figure out paper piecing, but since I absolutely love candy corn, I am definitely going to have to give this a try. :)

    I bought some fabric yesterday...some Christmas fabric and some that looks like giraffe print. :)

    I would love to win this bag! How fun is that bag AND it is purple!

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  133. I love the paper pieceing instructions, you made it look so easy. I've been wanting to try paper piecing, so I'll definitely give this a try. The last fabric I purchased was for a lap quilt for my husband. We took some photos of the ocean view on our retirement cruise and he would like one made to match one of the photos.

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  134. Paper piecing is also not one of my strong suits. I think trimming as you go is essential. Thanks for the great tut!

    Purple bag, oh please!

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  135. Love it Elaine! I'm going to be using your instructions to make my little one a trick or treat bag. Super cute!

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  136. What an awesome giveaway you have today, Madame Samm. Yep, I can see my name written all over it. I'm all about those bright colors!! The last fabric I bought was "Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics". I lived in Europe for 7 years, and became very familiar with Paris, and "Etchings" is the street and architectural drawings. I just ordered it less than an hour ago.


    And I've finally come to like paper piecing, but have never tried the freezer paper. I may just have to try that now - tearing the paper off after sewing through it is definitely no fun!!

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  137. mariac0215@yahoo.comOctober 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    The last time I purchased fabric was last month when I was on vacationing on Cape Cod. I cannot walk out of a quilt shop or a fabric shop without purchasing fabric.

    Thank you for all of the great tutorials! I love the Purple Bag sew much, I hope I win!

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  138. Great tutorial, easy to follow directions. The last fabric I bought was a variety of 1/2 yd cuts and fat qtrs in reds and greens for a Christmas quilt I am making from Bonnie Hunter's pattern Smith Mountain Morning. This travel case sure would have come in handy to take to her class. Maybe I'll have it for next time.

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  139. love the tut i have not paper pieced for a long time but this has rekindled the flame thanks so much

    i own a quilt shop yet last week i drove a town over and bought five yards of the grinch that stole christmas for the grandkids

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  140. What a wonderful tutorial! I use freezer paper all the time for applique, but had forgotten about using it for paper piecing. Thank you!
    I bought fabric yesterday. Six pieces of various Moda fabrics in nice textural prints that can be used in applique. The last big purchase was 4 yards of fabric from the Ghastlies collection!

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  142. Thanks, Elaine, for this tutorial! It is such a help to me as I am sure it will be for new paper-piecers! Love the pictures, too.
    I am a quilter and my sponsor is Jane of Jane's fabrics. I sure could use a sewing machine tote. Got a new machine, but the cost of the tote has to wait. I just got several pieces of new fabric. The latest one was some brown with wavy lines in it. It was used as a 'wood' look in an little cowboy, appliqued quilt I just finished for our new grandson, due this December. I am presenting it on Saturday, so I just finished it in the nick of time! I really like how it turned out and will post pics on my blog after Saturday. Thanks for the giveaway. My fingers are crossed!!

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  143. Hi! LOVE the bag and the PP'd Corn pattern, too!
    I am just home from QuiltFest in JAX and what a blast that was! That was also my last purchase of fabric and OH WOW!! I purchased some AWESOME batiks and cannot wait to cut into them (after fondling a while longer) for my next projects. I also purchased some fall fabrics and on is a candy corn! Imagine what fun I'll have with that as a border for the PP'd Candy Corn Blocks! Thank you! Thank you!

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  144. Now this is the day of you knowing what I'm thinking Madame. No kidding, just this morning I thought I really need a sewing suitcase to take my machine to Florida in. And then there is the corn candy pattern and tutorial on paper piecing. I was on my way to the studio to make two mug rugs for the son and soon to be DIL and was going to make corn candy, awesome. Are you looking into my brain today? The last fabric I purchased was fat quarters to make Fall Placemats, napkins and candle rugs for the son and soon to be DIL shower on Saturday. I hope I win this. Thanks to you, Elaine and all the sponsors throughout this fantastic goings on you are having. :)

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  145. I swore I would not buy any more fabric this year but yesterday I could not resist buying some, ok, a lot, of Halloween fabric. Perfect to use with this tutorial.

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  146. I bought fabric yesterday at my local quilt shop in Independence, Oregon for sashings and borders. The bag is a great giveaway, would love to win it. Thanks!

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  147. These paper piecing directions are great! I love to paper piece but do not like removing the paper so I'll give this a try. That tote looks just perfect, what a nice gift! I've most recently bought a fat quarter bundle of Flora by
    Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics. I have a few ideas for what to do with the fabric but just thought it was fun and a good addition to my stash.
    I am a follower!

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  148. I'd love to win the bag! The tutorial was so inspiring, I'm already looking out my freezer paper!
    The last fabric I bought was pink net to make a ballet skirt for a little girl.
    I'm sponsored by Kathy's Cottage.

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  149. Not eligible for the giveaway (a Wantobe) but I am so JEALOUS!!!

    PURPLE is my fave, fave, fave color and that bag is LOVELY!


    Also have to say I enjoyed this tutorial, my oldest son LOVES candy corn, I will have to make him a mug rug for his desk at work :)

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  150. I loved the tut. I sometimes do paper piecing and have to try it this way although I don't really mind pulling the paper off. Could we see the lighthouse blocks in the final product? Lighthouses are a favorite of mine.

    The last fabric I purchased was a red & white print to use as the background in a scrappy "north winds" quilt.


    How can I be sure I am a follower? I tried to use the link the last time I commented but am not sure if it worked right. Help please?

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  151. I would LOVE for my mom to win this!! She has done everything she needs to do to be regisitered and would enter herself - but she just got out of the hospital late last night!! She gave us a BIG scare - but all is well!!

    Her blog is http://quiltsandquirks.blogspot.com/

    she is a follower, my mom's name is JoAnn!!

    Her email is joannmclean@gmail.com

    and she is regisitered under - Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for her!!

    And I LOVE the tut!! I can't wait to try it!! I have heard about this - but never knew how to do it!! Thanks!!

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  152. I'm a quilter and follower of SM. I never knew you could paper piece like this! I am so eager to give it a try! Paper piecing is very new to me, I tried it for the first time in January and right now am making a little Christmas wall hanging that is very simple. I am going to give this a try. I have looked at patterns for tiny blocks before I figured the people who made them had to be CRAZY! Now I understand they had a secret weapon--Freezer Paper!

    Last time I bought fabric was 2 weeks ago. I bought 2 fat quarter bundles (one of each color way) of Amanda Murphy's Veranda fabric that will be turned into sewing room accessories for my sister in law for Christmas. My fabric was bought online because my 'local' shops are nearly 100 miles away.

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  153. I absolutely love that bag and the color is so fun. I can't wait to try your paper piecing technique. I love that you don't have to tear off paper when your're done. Thanks for that! I last bought some fabric at the CHQ Quilt Show a couple of weeks ago. I bought 8 packs of 5 fat quarters each for $1/FQ. Loved it! Can't wait to dig in.

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  154. I WANT THIS BAG!!!!!
    i have a pink, no wheels bag, this is gorgeous. PURPLE MY FAVORITE COLOR I can't belive it. Great intructions on paper piecing as well, I am just not htat brave.
    Thanks fo rhte chance to win.

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  155. great tutorial I am a newbie quilter and piecing scares me a bit I love the lighthouses you did with it too.

    purple is so MY color and I so need a bag to put all my stuff in which is currently filling my end tables (they are like old fashioned ice chests) I don't dare open them around anyone becuase they they are so stuffed. I just purchased some fabric to make a quilt for my niece that graduates next spring about 2 weeks ago. she is into the theather but likes bright colors and found this red, purple, yellow with theather masks done in black and white on it. it will be perfect for her.

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  156. Thanks for the tutorial,I love paper piecing.The bag is lovely.
    The last day I purchased fabrics was last monday,2 metres of white fabric.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    My sponsor is Sue from quilttimes.

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  157. I love this tutorial for paper piecing. I have only tired paper piecing once but really enjoyed it and want to do more :)

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  158. Terryb12387@yahoo.comOctober 6, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Hello Elaine. Your tutorial on PP has finally resonated with me. I have all my supplies and I am going to make this candy corn. Thank you. The photographs are perfect.
    I would love to win this bag, at my age it is getting harder for me to carry my machine without both hands. This would be such a treat. Thank you Madame for all of your attention to the details. What is in the bag?

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  159. I need to have Elaine come to my house for a one on one tutorial...I just have such a hard time "seeing" this method even though the tut was wonderful. I NEED a bag since my youngest DD claimed my bag as hers!

    And...I just bought some Ghastlies fabric, Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar fabric and some Christmas fabric "Flurry"
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  160. I haven't tried paper piecing yet because it overwhelms me but I think I just might give it a try :) SUper cute :)

    amy.umar@ymail.com

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  161. This looks such a great bag! I would love a bag on wheels for classes
    My latest fabric purchase was a layer cake of Terrain - delicious!
    I'm a follower and my sponsor is Dawn

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  162. The block is lovely. I have never tried paper piecing but your method makes it look very easy!! I may just give it a try on some Christmas trees!!
    The last fabric I bought was a Fat Quarter or Sunkissed. I only buy fabric when it is intended to be used. Christmas fabric here I come!!
    The bag is fantastic!! This will make it much easier to head off to a new class!! Thanks a bunch for sharing with us!

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  163. Elaine~ What a wonderful way to paper piece... I will definitely give a try and be much more enthusiastic about the process than the traditional method! As far as a travel bag... it looks just perfect. I just don't do the local sit and sews, because to lug my heavy Bernina anywhere is such a struggle. This would be devine!

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  164. I loved the tutorial and will be making candy corn this weekend. My latest fabric purchase was cinnamon fabric and a piece of poison green print for a Betsy Chutchian workshop.

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  165. Elaine, Thanks so much for your tutorial. It was easy to follow and the pics look great, too. I've been on a little fabric diet since my work hours were cut down, but I did buy some luscious brown paisley two weeks ago for a new shower curtain to dress up my guest bathroom. Loving this series, Madame Samm. Thanks!

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  166. GREAT tutorial! I have wanted to know how to do this. Thank you!!
    Fabric purchases??? oh dear...if there is fabric around, I'm buyin' it...and if I don't get out - then the internet calls to me :-) Just got a bunch of Kaffe pieces at a show :-)
    DO pick me for that bag...I LOVE the color and so need one of those bags...I would love to schlepp my stuff in style! :-)

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  167. I am a quilter that follows you. My sponser is Grandmama Jan.

    The tut is great!!! I have never seen paper piecing like that. I am definetly going to try it.

    I just bought some fabric yesterday at a cute little fabric store in a small town in Iowa. Very nice and helpful place.

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love the color purple.

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  168. love th candy corn block.
    lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

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  169. love th candy corn block.
    lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

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  170. That bag would be so well loved around here! I bought some fat quarters that caught my eye along with some yardage to help my daughter make a banner she was assigned to make and take to Girls' Camp in August. Love the candy corn tutorial!

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  171. I quilt at the Club House when I am down south...and I have to drive our truck to get my sewing machine there. If I should win this bag I could WALK and my husband wouldn't be left truckless!! How cool would THAT be!!
    I loved the candy corn demo...and like you have to get my head around the turning and flipping but once I do paper piecing is easy!! Elaine just made it look even easier!! Thanks for the demo!!
    Thanks so much for the chance to win this lovely bag!! Yes of course I follow and Quilt Sue is my sponsor!!
    Take care!
    Paulette

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  172. I love the jewel tone quilt. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Isn't paper piecing fun. THANKS and have a great day!

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  173. Thank you for the great tutorial! You make this look so easy. I love the lighthouses, I bet that made a gorgeous quilt. And Thanks Madame Samm for all the work you are putting into this program. It is so much fun and the giveaways are all fantastic. I'm learning lots!

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  174. Oh those candy corns make me want to try paper piecing. I never have before. It is a whole new thing for me. And your lighthouses are just beautiful. Are they just blocks or what kind of project did they turn into? Great job. Oh and I would love to have a travel bag. It is even a great color! :)

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  175. Amazing bag and it is my favorite color!!! It has been months since I've purchased fabric, but my last purchase was a really cute bright pink cotton remnant...want to make something for my granddaughter.

    This tutorial is great. I've been fascinated by paper piecing for quite a while. Great job Elaine.

    oshnpashn at gmail dot com

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  176. What a great tutorial Elaine. I love to paper piece. Thanks for sharing it with us. Well, I must admit that I did purchase fabric last friday. I hadn't purchased any fabric, except for Kona White since June. I was really having withdrawals of fabric shopping. I did win a few giveaways though. And that helped alot. Thanks for the great giveaway! Hugs Ariane

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  177. That candy corn paper piecing looks so easy and is so cute! Thanks, Elaine! My most recent fabric purchase was "Ghastlies"! : )

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  178. I am just making a kaleidoscope quilt using blue and purple fabrics, the bag would go a treat with it. the last fabric purchased? Some plain moda in pastel yellow and purple to complement a scrap 2.5" square quilt I am also constructing. Would love the bag....thank you for the tutorial too. I have always wondered how to use freezer paper: now I know.

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  179. ME ME ME!! I would LOVE to wheel that outta here!! The last time I bought fabric was last Saturday when my mother in law and I went in to town! And we are going back tomorrow and guess what, yep... I need more fabric.. I REALLY do... It is for a project... I promise!! :)

    Elaine.. Paper piecing is one of those things that hates me! I promise you, every time I try it always comes out so wonky!! I fret and fret and finally give up and throw everything in the trash! You have made it look easy so I will try once again... but I am not promising anything... IF it comes out ok.. I will show it on my blog. You are a dear for coming here to show this fabulous tute!

    I am a quilter, follow here and am sponsored by SewCalGal!

    hey Darlene! cross your fingers for me! :)

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  180. What a great post! I've paper pieced before but never tried using freezer paper. Genius!

    The last fabrics I purchased were a variety of fat quarters to work on a project. I haven't been at home in a very loooong time and didn't have my stash with me so I went shopping. Retail therapy at its best!

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  181. Great tutorial Elaine! I think you did great; you made it sound like you were just teaching a friend, which you were! I have done some paper piecing before but not with freezer paper. The fact that is sticks a bit seems TRULY helpful since the moving around is what usually gets me in trouble.
    Thanks for such a great giveaway Mme. Samm!

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  182. Elaine, I have not seen this method of paper piecing. I think I like and will definitely try it. The idea of not having to print pages of paper and then through it all away. With Freezer paper you can use it quite a few times. Thank you for sharing this method.

    I guess I didn't realize there are summer battings and winter battings. Now I have to investigate this. I get cold easy so I may have the wrong battings in my personal quilts.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such wonderful prizes!

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  183. Great tutorial! Wonderful job and love the idea of freezer paper. Would make it so much easier not pulling paper at the end.

    I follow this site. Last fabric purchase was to recover a chair. Not even quilt related. :)

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  184. Wonderful tutorial Elaine, never even thought about using freezer paper but I will definitely use it for my next PP project ,thanks so much! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing give away and I recently bought batik fabric for a small fall wall hanging . I am a follower:-)

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  185. I love to paper piece--and can't wait to try your unique method. Think of all the trees we'd save by reusing the patterns. The last fabric I purchased was last Thursday at my LQS Quilt Club--and guess what? It was 2 different PURPLES-to finish up the BOM we were doing--so I certainly should win one of the PURPLE machine bags, lol.

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  186. a whole month ago I bought some striped knits to make kids pajama bottoms.

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  187. The last time I purchased fabric was a JR from Hancock's of Paducah, Terrain fabric line, cause they had free shipping and it was reduced in price.
    I don't paper piece much. I have to be in the mood!

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  188. Love, love, love this purple bag! Thnx for sharing this method of foundation piecing. I've been using it for years as I HATE to rip away all the paper from the traditional method. As for fabric, hmmm, it's probably been about a month. I bought some fabric to make little bags for my niece who just started college.

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  189. Thanks so much for this tutorial:)It's fantastic! The bag is lovely:) and this colour is beautiful!!I bought different fabrics,yesterday. Some for children quilts: balloons and dolls. Another violet fabric: buttons and pins.

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  190. Elaine did an awesom job with her tutorial. I may have to give paper piecing a try. The last time I got some fabric I bought some fat quarters to add to my stash and some backing for a quilt. I'm so enjoying this series and glad to be a follower of this blog.

    vail in tn

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  191. What a great way to PP. I am going to have to give it a try your way.. just love the purple bag too. My machine would look great in it. I could be the envy of all the girls at camp.

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  192. Love the bag! great color!! Last time I bought fabric was at JoAnn fabric. Love 50% coupons. My sponsor is Lily Pad Quilting.

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  193. What a lovely purple bag - my luggage is exactly the same purple, so of course I need this to match that set, right? Right!

    The last fabric I bought was a bunch of yellow quarter-yard / FQ cuts for a fall swap I'm doing, seen here:

    http://bolohead.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-messed-it-up-again.html

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  194. Elaine, Thank you for the candy corn pattern. My last name is Brach and I have eaten the last of my Brach's Carmel Candy corn today while sewing. The last time I bought fabric was two days ago at my LQS. It is fabric for a patriotic small quilt I plan to make.

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  195. Elaine - thanks for a great and easy to follow tutorial! I might even be brave enough to try it! I especially like the candy corn. My daughter has a birthday close to Halloween, and I'm thinking that I could do some great little party decorations using that technique! THANK YOU!

    That sewing machine bag is fantastic! What a great thing that would be to have so I could more easily pack up & go sew with my quilting friend Gretchen!

    As for the last fabric I bought....it would be the binding fabric for my Sock Monkey quilt I'm just finishing. It is from Erin Michael's Moda Funky Monkey line. I love it!

    Happy THURSDAY to all!

    ~Julie

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  196. ohhhh, how i've wanted one of these bags.....for so long! how fun to take this to my guild's annual retreat.

    i buy a LOT of fabric since i sell fabric, patterns and notions in my eBay store, and LoVe every bit of it. my most recent arrival is Ruby by Moda. love it!

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  197. Thank you for the awesome tutorial - just in time for a Halloween project. I have just moved and am getting settled in - joining a new guild and trying to make new friends by signing up for a quilt class and a one day retreat. That beautiful bag would be the perfect present for my new beginnings here. I found a local quilt shop and immediately helped their shop by buying a lot of Christmas fabric and oriental fabric for a project for a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer.
    Thank you.

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  198. Paper-piecing totally intimidates me too, but she makes it look doable. THANKS for the tute! My last fabric purchase was a custom bundle of Joel Dewberry and coordinating prints and solids ~ I want to make a purse and matching accessories for one of my sisters. THANKS for the chance at that beautiful bag ~ perfect for my Quilt-till-you-Wilt nights and retreats!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  199. Wow! I hate tearing the paper after paper peicing. Now I won't have to do that anymore!

    I would love to have that bag, too! Thanks for the tut

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  200. PS - I'm also a follower of this blog, although possibly under a different name (I started my own quilting blog after I joined yours!) and my sponsor is That Girl....That Quilt.

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