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I haven't managed to serve you.
--How can I get old mystery blocks?
--When can we expect new mystery blocks/site updates?
--Are we supposed to email
a picture of the finished block?
a new MB, but I get the old one when I click the link!
is the difference between Paper Panache patterns and others?
your patterns easy enough for beginners? Do you have a difficulty rating?
--What's a Master Copy Only pattern?
big is ...?
kind of foundation paper do you recommend?
I enlarge your patterns before using?
--What is ink transfer?
you have such-and-such a pattern (or know where one is)?
is the best way to see all available patterns?
I order online?
--Can I get a catalog
do you design paper piecing patterns?
a PDF? What program do I use to open a PDF?
--Things to note when ordering PDF patterns / I see a white page when I open a PDF.
--How do I get patterns onto an iPad? (goes to another page)
--Help! I can't open / see / print a PDF pattern!
--More Paper Panache PDF Pattern info (goes to another page)
I subscribe to site update information by email list and/or RSS?
--I'm signed up on the email list, but I'm not getting the announcements!
--PLEA: Please don't mark Paper Panache as spam!
is personal use? Can I sell...?
we trade links?
--Help! My question
Other Reader Questions answered
How can I get old Mystery Blocks?
When a mystery block has served its time on the site
as a free pattern, the solution is revealed and a picture of it is posted to the
Mystery Block Gallery. A new mystery goes up
and the old one is retired. The old one is no longer free and reverts to a saleable
pattern. Past mystery blocks will eventually come back around as patterns for
sale...in 2-5 years.* You
may request to be notified when the one you're interested in returns for
available for sale
for free: Round Tuit, Fairy Quilt Godmother, Current
* I don't advertise it, but you can usually buy a copy of an old mystery that has not yet come back as a pattern for sale if you email me. I will send you a link to put it in the shopping cart for $5.00. The pattern comes to you as a pdf in its original mystery pattern format.
When can we expect new mystery blocks/site updates?
Mysteries are offered at random site updates, 2-3 times a year, and are interspersed with free patterns. I shoot for site updates, God willing, every 6 weeks. :) If you wish to be notified, please join the Site Update Announcement email list.
Are we supposed to email a picture of the
finished mystery block?
There is never a requirement
to send pictures, although we always enjoy seeing what is accomplished. Those
who send in pictures of their mysteries and projects have the means and knowledge
to use their digital cameras, scanners, etc. If this is you, we'd love to see!
There's a new MB available, but I get the
old one when I click the link!
Go back to
the mystery page and try the "refresh" (or "reload")
button. If that doesn't do it, please be patient and try again in a few hours. The internet is a network of computers,
and changes do not register at the same time for everyone everywhere. Sometimes
you'll have to wait up to 24 hours for your locality to catch up.
What is a UFO?
Unfinished Object. (You must be new to quilting!)
What is the difference between your patterns
Paper Panache paper piecing is pretty similiar to other paper-pieced patterns
out there. It does tend to be more detailed, which means more pieces and sections.
Remember, the beauty of paper piecing is that you can add small pieces without
a lot of effort.
You can get an
idea by downloading the current mystery block PDF (if available), or one of the Paper Panache free patterns, and
take a look at it. Please note that most Paper Panache patterns are not usually separated like they are in
the mystery block pattern. (Look for the drawing below.)
Are your patterns easy enough for beginners?
These patterns do assume
some previous paper- or foundation-piecing experience. If pressed, I would say
they are intermediate.
HOWEVER, whether these patterns
are "easy enough for a beginner" depends completely on the beginner. If you've
done any multi-section paper piecing before, it is identical. The only potential
difference may be that sections are sewn back together along the paper
(rather than sewn on a line through the paper). I have had a few beginners
write to tell me they did their first paper piecing using one of the Mystery Blocks.
In general, I don't want to guess what might be "too hard"
for you. Here is a collection of How-tos and Advice.
Please note that most
Paper Panache patterns do NOT include printed 1/4" seam allowances. They are whole
patterns. Sections are cut apart on the heavy lines, and after paper piecing they
are pinned along seam lines and sewn back together. Patterns do look less intimidating
once you cut them apart. The individual sections look pretty much just like any
other pattern pieces you may have come across.
What is a Master Copy Only pattern?
Most Paper Panache patterns include both a sewing foundation and a "master copy" of the pattern to keep. A "Master Copy Only" pattern does not include
the sewing foundations. You receive one copy of the pattern ("the master")
which has to be photocopied or reproduced in some way to make your own foundations (for purchaser's personal use only).
How big is ...?
You can find size information on the pattern description pages in the upper lefthand corner above the photo. In general, the individual patterns are 8"x8" on up to 32"x32".
What's a PDF?
/ What program do I use to open a PDF?
PDF is a file that is opened in a program called Adobe Reader, which is a free program that must be
installed on your machine before you can see it. Often Reader has already been
loaded with your browser or other programs on your computer. You will need Reader version
7.0 or later to open the patterns and mysteries posted since Jan 2009, although most patterns available on this site will still open with 4.0 or later.
view and print a PDF online, LEFT CLICK on the PDF link. (If in doubt, run
your mouse pointer over the link and look at the status bar at the bottom left
of your screen. The file name with the .pdf extension will show up there.)
save the PDF to your hard drive, RIGHT CLICK on link. Select "SAVE TARGET
AS" or "SAVE LINK AS". Save the file to your hard drive, and remember where you
save it to so you can find it again.
open a PDF file downloaded to your hard drive, DOUBLE CLICK on it.
Adobe Reader will open first and then open the file.
If you have downloaded a pdf to an open folder or desktop and the file(s) do not
appear, right click on that folder or desktop and select "Refresh."
When you open the file the first time, you may see a white page in Adobe Reader for some time before the pattern appears. This is normal; some files are very large.
you downloaded a PDF to your hard drive, double clicked on the icon and nothing
happened or you got an error message, you probably don't have a form of Adobe Reader installed. ("Present" does not automatically mean "installed.")
Click on the yellow icon below which directs you to where you can download the
program and how to install it.
If you don't already have the free Adobe Reader, go to the Adobe site to get one:
from Adobe...to read all those
PDFs you come across on the net.
More PDF information
can be found on the PDF page.
Things to note when ordering PDF patterns / I see just a white page when I open a PDF.
After you have paid for your patterns, you'll see a page with a "Complete Your Order" button. Click that, and it will take you to the PDF download page. Do not use the back button at anytime during this process, or you will lose your opportunity to download!
Different systems/email programs will give you different options when you click on the download link. Select "Download" or "Save" to permanently transfer the file to your machine. If you "Download," you may not get to tell it what folder to send it to, so check the Download folder. If you "Save," you should be able to select the folder you want to save to. When the saving is done, return to that folder and open your file there.
You can also save an opened file by using the File>Save As in Adobe Reader.
You may see a white page for many seconds when opening the file. The file is loading, so please wait.
Help! Reader is installed but I can't open
/ see / print a PDF pattern!
OK...no panicking...stuff to check:
--Have you been opening Paper Panache PDFs
up until now? If so, are you using the same computer as before?
--Are you using
a recent version of Adobe Reader, at least 7.0? Until Jan 2009 most of the patterns were made with Version 4.0, and later Version 7.0.
have been double-clicking on the pdf icon to open it, open Adobe Reader first
and then use File>Open in the menubar to open the file from inside Reader.
your computer and try again.
--Have a friend save/open/print it out for you.
a fresh copy of Adobe Reader (see button above)
If you get an error message, tell me what it says. Describe
for me at what point the process stops dead. I need more clues than "I
can't open the PDF."
PDF printing advice
If you have the option, print pdfs to an inkjet printer. Laser or photocopied patterns may transfer ink when used with a hot iron.
Most Paper Panache PDF patterns have an "inch
mark" graphic somewhere on its pattern pages. The idea is to measure this
mark after printing to make sure the 1" mark is actually 1" in both
directions. Then you'll know that the pattern conforms to all the measurements
given in the directions.
When you send the pdf to print, look over the Adobe Reader print menu before clicking "Print" (or "OK"). You may find options to set Page Scaling or Page Size. Set Page Scaling to None or Page Sizing to Actual Size where they exist. Each version of Reader is slightly different. Examples:
Adobe Reader 4.0 print menu, uncheck all boxes
at top right.
(DO NOT use"fit to page.")
Adobe Reader 7.0 print menu (shown below), make sure Page Scaling
is set to "None."
Adobe Reader 11.0 print menu, make sure Paper Size Handling
is set to "Actual Size ."
done what I can, and my inch mark is still a little too small!:
answer seems to be: use better print quality, NOT DRAFT.
far as I have been able to determine, getting a reduced inch mark has to do with
the combination of operating system, the version of Adobe Reader you're
using, and the printer driver that works between the two. On one of my computers I found that if
I use the better default print quality (NOT DRAFT) , the inch mark is correct.
Thankfully, on the other computer, I get a proper inch mark even when I use draft.
If all else fails: For some patterns, it won't matter in the scheme of things if the inch mark is uniformly
small (the same size in both directions). Just remember that any printed measurements
given will be different.
If you can't get a full inch
mark, your choices are to make the block at whatever size you get it to print
at, to try a different printer, or get someone else to print the pattern out for
The (right / bottom) edges of pattern aren't printing!: Check your default margins, and/or set all print area options to maximum. I try to leave good margins when laying out patterns, but most often I need to utilize the maximum print area possible. You can expect a 5/8" margin on the bottom and 1/4" on all other edges. Often this is an individual printer issue; l always test the pdf before I upload
it, so I know it is a working pattern here.
What kind of foundation paper do you recommend?
I like the body of plain old 20-lb. copy paper. "Butcher"
or freezer paper is also nice because when you press it, it sticks to the fabric
to hold it in place. There are specialty papers sold for foundation piecing that
are lightweight, easy to see through, and easy to tear. Depends on whether you
want to spend money or not. I don't personally use them, so I'm afraid I can't recommend any meritable product.
May I enlarge your patterns before using?
Certainly. I allow enlargements or reductions on my patterns,
and you may do it without asking my specific permission. However, I realize that
some copy shops will not allow copying of copyrighted material without a written
notice. Write to me
if necessary for an email permission slip to take to the copy shop.
What is ink transfer?
Transfer is what happens when your hot iron meets the ink of the pattern; the ink melts, gets on your iron, and can be wiped onto your fabric. You will not experience ink transfer problems when using a dry iron with any of the original printed copies of Paper Panache patterns. Photocopies and laser prints are those that are likely to cause transfer. More information about transfer
By the by, an additional printing system was installed in April 09, and the ink was tested. Transfer is still not a problem, but I recommend that no water be used with those patterns; a note is sent in the pattern.
Do you have such-and-such pattern or know
where one is?
Here is my AtoZ
Picture Pattern List, and the Freebie Pattern Search. After that, my best advice is to go to yahoo
or google and put
"thingyou'relookingfor paper-pieced quilt pattern" or "thingyou'relookingfor
foundation quilt pattern" in the search box. (Leave off the quotes.) That's
what I do, and it usually turns up clues I can use.
How do you design paper piecing patterns?
...This is a huge question! Someday I would like to write
a how-to on this, but for now, here's a very small
What is the best way to see all available
See the pictur-ific AtoZ Pattern List. The freebies can be found here.
Can I order online?
We offer a secure online order form which allows you to send your credit information
with confidence. If you prefer, you may print out the form to send with your check. Again, see the pictur-ific AtoZ Pattern List.
Can I get a catalog sheet?
I'm sorry--I no longer produce printed catalog sheets.
Can I subscribe to site update information
by email and/or RSS?
Here's the venerable Email Mail List. When you
sign up, you will receive a confirmation email and you must confirm by clicking the link in that email to be added
to the list. I cannot confirm for you.
As for RSS, my experiments with it have been frustratingly inconsistent. I positively aver that there is something missing from all those tutorials. I'll try again down the line.
I'm signed up on the email list, but I'm not getting the announcements!
I cannot confirm for you, but I can check to make sure you are on the email list. I tell people it is okay to add a second email to the list.
Please don't mark Paper Panache as Spam!
Even though the Paper Panache Announcements are not sent often, for one reason or another, people can get tired of getting them and deal with it by hitting the "spam button" rather than unsubscribe. Enough of these can result in the paperpanache.com domain being unable to send email to anyone in your email domain (the part that follows the @ in your email address).
I also suspect that the spammer accusation can also occur when people run their inboxes to their limit so that new mail is refused. The Paper Panache List program USED TO automatically handle any kicked-back emails and delete those addresses after 3 refusals in a row. Unfortunately, BECAUSE IT NO LONGER DOES THIS (I have no power over it), it appears that your server gets tired of receiving my mail and flags my site as a suspected Spammer.
Please, PLEASE unsubscribe if you do no longer want to receive
Paper Panache site update announcements!
Fixing this requires third party intervention, is painfully slow, and not a sure thing.
Posted April 2015: Notice to comcast, hotmail, aol and other* addresses:
I am sorry to say that I have had blocking issues by these and a few other email servers* over the past year and a half.
This is not a problem exclusive to my website.
Supposedly my service provider was working on the blocking problem affecting 100s of sites, but they do not keep us informed of improvements.
In April 2015, I asked comcast, hotmail and aol addresses to send back the update announcement, just to
see if any were being delivered. To my surprise, I heard from many of you. Although I'm sure the problem has not been solved forever, I am encouraged to think that the situation has improved.
All to say, if you have the option, sign up for the maillist using a different email than those mentioned here.
*In late 2013 the known problem email servers included
san.rr.com, embarqmail.com; columbus.rr.com, rstarmail.com, bell.net, juno.com, and orange.fr.
/ permission / address info?
What is personal use? If I purchase your
patterns or have downloaded free patterns, can I make a wall hanging, pillow etc.
and sell them or is that a violation of copyright?
Please see Copyright, Permissions, Etc.
Email with questions.
Can we trade links?
likely...! Anything quilt related; commercial and personal welcome. See my Link
to Paper Panache info page!
Help! My question isn't here!