To me one of the things about quilting is sharing information! As we all know prices are going up on everything – just plain everything from pins and needles and other notions to fabric and beyond. I would not think that paper could be so much different in price though. But it is!!
The other day on my yahoo group for the Farmer’s Wife some were talking of how they are paper piecing some or most of their blocks and that got me to thinking about paper yes paper. For paper piecing if you are printing your patterns out from a printer you need a clear sheet of paper. Some people use regular copy paper for this. To me – my opinion – I want something a little lighter than copy paper.
Some years back I came across some paper that Carol Doak sells – she is a queen of paper piecing so I thought I had to have it – it must be good. Now if you only buy from quilt shops and on line quilt shops and do not shop for bargains don’t bother to read the rest of what I say – and this is nothing against Carol or any other well known quilter who is making some money off of the rest of us quilters who buy their stuff!! We buy it and pay the prices because we just have to have it, right?
But if you want to save some money on paper piecing – read this!
Paper piecing paper is Newsprint paper – the light slightly recycled look of paper – not white. Did you know that newsprint is what some children’s scribble tablets are made from? I did some comparison shopping – I was out shopping anyway so this did no hardship in time or gas money for me.
Carol Doak – 100 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper – a big whopping $9.95 plus shipping and handling if you order on line. I am using Carol as an example – I don’t have a clue who else sells under their name.
Wal-Mart – a 60 sheet tablet of 9 x 12 inch paper – $1.88
Hobby Lobby – a 100 sheet table 9 x 12 inch paper – after using my 40% off coupon $1.79
The tablets – the doodle pad on the left is Wal-Mart (in the school supply area) the one on the right is Hobby Lobby (comes in various sizes in the drawing section area)
What I did – my start time:
gently tear all of the sheets out of the tablets – you can do this using about 20 sheets at a time if you want. Using you rotary blade – my blade needs changing so I used it – you might want to not use your sharp blade but use one of your old ones. I cut the paper to 8 1/2 x 11 inches to fit the printer. I was able to cut through 20 to 30 sheets at a time easily.
My stacks of cut down to size paper – Wal-Mart, Carol’s (didn’t need cutting) and Hobby Lobby.
Finished time – took me 9 minutes – included pulling the paper out of the tablets, cutting and photos.
I got 160 sheets of the same kind of paper, minus the brand name and saved money – my total –$3.76 the same amount with brand name would cost me $15.92 (the only plus is that I wouldn’t need to take several minutes to cut it down to size). That might not be a big deal – but hey that could buy a yard of fabric – and it gave me a blog post I’m sure some of you can find even better prices and offers. I do not do a whole lot of paper piecing but I like to have some on hand for when I do – well I now have enough to last me a very long time LOL
Have a good weekend everyone!