I know, you are saying what the heck is she talking about???? I had it in my head that there had to be washable paper/interfacing that could be used for paper piecing. Now, I love hand work but I don’t always have the time for it and sometimes you may still want that look.
I found this brand at our quilt show in October and made a sample pretty quickly. For some reason, I never wrote about it.
That being said, the process is easy and I would do it again. Hugs ‘N Kisses is the brand I used. It can be bought in sheets or there are precut paper pieces available in many sizes. It can be used by hand or machine, but I was so curious, I wanted to use it and wash it, so I opted to try a machine technique. One of my blog friends Roseanne, who blogs at Home Sewn By Us, said I should call it MPP – machine paper piecing – and I took her up on her suggestion.
I used the same project as I posted about earlier this year, Lucy Boston in Island Batiks. I used Superior MonoPoly on the top, and it worked very well. Now, I did feel that the pieces were a little less accurate than the ones I did by hand. Two reasons:
1) I printed on to the paper and cut out my templates – they weren’t so precise,
2) I did find it easier to push the edges in a bit – I would be more careful the next time.
Using the Fusible Appliqué Paper
1. I found a sheet of templates and printed that on to the Fusible Paper.
2. Cut out the templates
3. Press to the fabric.
4. Trim around the shape with 1/4″ seam allowance
5. Glue Baste to paper or hand baste if you prefer
6. Sew together
A. BY Machine with monofilament thread, with a narrow zig zag or
B. By hand using your favorite appliqué thread
6. Attach to backing
I washed both pieces and honestly, there is some bulk left in the piece with the paper. Would I use it again? You bet. Why?
1. It is fast.
2. It is pliable
3. It looks very much like EPP (English Paper Piecing).
There are a few other brands out there, I do intend to try them in the fullness of time. I will count up the different ways I can do EPP – but I believe I have 3-4 different kinds of templates: plastic, paper, templates to rotary cut, templates to trace, and now the fusible! For me, it all depends on the look I am going for.