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English Paper Piecing with Glue Basting

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Ever ask yourself if glue basting English Paper Piecing Pieces really faster? This short article quickly answers that question.

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English Paper Piecing with Glue Basting

Is glue basting English Paper Piecing Pieces really faster???

English paper piecing is technique that is perfect for the on the go quilter. Throw a little kit in your bag and you will be surprised how many little hexagons or triangles you will make in no time. Stabilizing fabric with a template, is a sure way to guarantee accuracy, and a way to use up left over fabric. Glue basting is really a quick way to baste a whole bunch of english paper pieces quickly.

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First step is get a templet. You can either buy them precut, download free PDFs templets, And now they even have punches, use your own card stock paper and you are on your way. You will be amazed how far templates have come, no more are you bound by the one inch hexagons. They are triangle shapes and honeycombs, Dresden plates in a variety of sizes from tiny to large.

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Glue basting is something I was skeptical about! I loved the look of English Paper piecing quilts, pillows, table toppers. I did find it to be a lot a whole faster. I mean REALLY fast. Now as a avid quilter, I would never recommend gluing fabric, it is something you would never hear from me. I did wonder doesn't that take away peacefulness of stitching. Gluing Fabric ? But of cause stitching is involved, you just get there faster. There is no need for any fancy glue. I found this glue pen at a local store but I have used regular school glue stick and it works just the same. With glue basting it gets you to the finished project a little bit faster with the same results.

Use your fabric scissors to cut the fabric out around the templet, leaving a half inch seam allowance around the template. Then put a line of glue on the paper, not the fabric and fold it over, finger pressing.

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You want to continue putting a line of glue on paper on fabric and folding finger pressing tightly over the templet. Make sure you are creating a nice sharp corner where the two sides meet On the last fold, just tuck under the fabric so that it’s very tight. Do not worry about the glue it dries clear.

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If you have done english paper piecing the traditional way by baste stitching the shapes together you will be amazed how fast you will get to that part.

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Piecing the templets together is done the traditional way of using a whip stitch making sure you do not go through the paper.

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Now, I recommend letting the glue dry for a few days, I think the fabric holds the templet shape better. Just peel the fabric edge off the card and it will just slip out. As you peel your fabric up from the templet you will notice glue dries to paper and none on fabric.

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There are many things you can do with your English Paper Piecing Pieces , one of my most favorite ways is lining them up on a 16 by 16 piece of fabric and stitching quarter inch straight lines down the hexagons. You now have a awesome front of a pillow or a mini quilt showcasing your favorite fabrics. Or stitching them into shapes and designs.

I think you find Glue Basting your english paper piecing shapes a much faster way. Give it a try.

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Glossary

Basting
A temporary method of holding the quilt Sandwich layers together while you finish assembling it. This can be conducted using Basting Sprays, pins, clips or temporary stitching called a Tacking Stitch or Basting Stitch.
English Paper Piecing
A method of hand piecing where paper templates are used inside the block elements to guide where the edges are turned under and templates are removed. Baby Blocks, Grandmother's Flower Garden and other non-square shapes are often pieced this way.

See Also: Assembly Piecing, Machine Piecing, Chain Piecing, Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing, Piecing
Finger Pressing
A method for forming temporary guidelines for applique turned edges or seam allowances. Running a fingernail along the fold makes it lie flat. A Hera Marker (a tool) can be used in place of a finger to press the fold.
Lining
The fabric on the back of a Quilt Sandwich (Top, Batting and Backing).

Same As: Backing
Piecing
The process of assembling quilt blocks from pieces of fabric sewn along their edges to form a whole.

See Also: English Paper Piecing, Assembly Piecing, Machine Piecing, Chain Piecing, Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing
Seam Allowance
The width of fabric left to the right of a sewn seam. In quilting this is traditionally 1/4 inch. For sewing garments it is usually 5/8 inch.
Template
Pattern pieces made out of paper, cardboard, plastic or metal, giving you something to draw around so that you can accurately replicate any shape.
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