--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?
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?
do you design paper piecing patterns?
a PDF? What program do I use to open a PDF?
--Things to note when ordering PDF patterns.
--How do I get patterns onto an iPad? (goes to another page)
--Help! I can't open / see / print a PDF pattern! / I see a white page when I open a PDF
--More Paper Panache PDF Pattern info (goes to another page)
--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...?
--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 $5.50. 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, 3-5 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. Email me your photos or scans and tell me your name and location. We'd all 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 (on a PC) hold down the control key and click "refresh" (or "reload")
on your browser. 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.
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 as easily as large ones.
You can always get an
idea by downloading the current mystery block PDF (if available), or one of the Paper Panache free patterns. Please note that most Paper Panache patterns are not usually separated into sections like they are in
the mystery block pattern. (See 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 edges
(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 presented as whole
patterns or portions of whole patterns (whatever fits on an 8.5"x11"!). Sections are cut apart on the heavy lines, and after paper piecing sections
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 paper-pieced pattern pieces you may have come across.
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 prior to opening. 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
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/browsers/email programs will give you different options when you click on the download link. Browsers often download immediately without your input. Some might have you 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.
Help! Reader is installed but I can't open
/ see / print a PDF pattern!
--Have you been opening Paper Panache PDFs
up until now? If so, are you using the same computer as before?
have been double-clicking on the pdf icon to try to open it, open Adobe Reader first
and then use File>Open in the menubar to open the file from inside Reader.
When all else fails:
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, write me an email and tell me what it says. Describe
for me at what point the process stops for you. I need more clues than "I
can't open the PDF."
I see just a white page when I open a PDF!
You may see a white page for many seconds when opening the file. The file is loading, so please wait.
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 (or toner) on 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
Patterns printed on an inkjet printer may or may not be water-fast. If you use water when pressing, the ink may run. I recommend that you always use a dry iron when pressing.
Do you have such-and-such pattern or know
where one is?
Please check 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 would do, and it usually turns up clues
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.
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!
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What is personal use? If I purchase your
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and sell them or is that a violation of copyright?
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