You might remember that I am making Bonnie Hunter’s Wonky Wishes quilt. The blocks are happily finished and it’s time for sashing. I am so excited about this part..I love string piecing.
The problem….I don’t have papers that are 12 1/2″ wide. In the pattern they recommend these papers…Carol Doak’s Legal Size Foundation Paper.
Well I don’t have them. I don’t want to purchase them because I’m a cheapskate…and I want to start sewing NOW. (I can be impatient at times) I thought about using telephone books like I usually do but after looking through the stack none are quite long enough….hmmm…that had me thinking…what could I use? I thought about sewing two 6 1/2″ sections and them piecing the two segments together but hmmmm something else had to be a possibility.
That’s when it came to me. I have all sorts of newsprint paper in my childcare stash of paper. The paper is SUPER cheap…and my kiddos go through LOTS of paper. It is actually newspaper weight paper. I went to measure it and and bummer it’s 12″. Well that’s easy enough to remedy. The last strip I sew on will just have to be a bit wider and go off the paper to make up for the 1/2″.
I cut the papers out and tested them….
I loved it. They rip off just as easy as telephone book papers.
The whole piece is already together in a 12 1/2″ segment which I love. That way I don’t have to be careful that the seams ended up too close if I was sewing the two segments together.
I am sure someone is going to ask so I checked and yes, Amazon does have the paper. It’s $9.66 for 500 sheets…not too bad. You can find them here.
All in all…these are a hit. I am loving the looks and so happy I found something that is going to work for me. This time around my impatience was rewarded with a successful alternative. I think once I use up the phone books I have that I am going to switch to this paper for all of my string piecing.