How to Quilt with Paper Foundation Piecing

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Paper foundation piecing ensures that the acute angles in this block will be sharp and the lines straight. Make a bunch of them to create a small quilt. Or make one, surround it with a border, and set it in a frame.
Start with a paper pattern that’s carefully numbered in the order of stitching. You can use regular copy paper, however, there are several products on the market designed especially for this technique.Be sure you make enough copies of the pattern because you’ll need one for each block you make.
Cut a small piece of fabric large enough to cover section 1 plus about 1/4 inch all around for seam allowances. Place it right side up on the wrong side of the paper.
Paper foundation piecing ensures that the acute angles in this block will be sharp and the lines straight. Make a bunch of them to create a small quilt. Or make one, surround it with a border, and set it in a frame.

Paper foundation piecing ensures that the acute angles in this block will be sharp and the lines straight. Make a bunch of them to create a small quilt. Or make one, surround it with a border, and set it in a frame.

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5. On the fabric side, flip piece 2 and press. Trim away the excess seam allowance between the fabrics and the paper.

How to Quilt with Paper Foundation Piecing
Turn up the second piece and press. (Place a press cloth on your ironing board in case the ink from your paper bleeds from the heat.)

6. Add piece 3.

How to Quilt with Paper Foundation Piecing
Cut a piece of fabric for section 3 and place it right sides down on the unit you've just stitched.

7. Sew in place using the line between piece 3 and the 1-plus-2 unit.

How to Quilt with Paper Foundation Piecing
Turn the paper over and sew through the paper and fabric.

8. Continue adding pieces until you've completed the block. To help center each piece, crease along the next stitching line so you can see it on the fabric side.

How to Quilt with Paper Foundation Piecing
Fold the paper on the next stitching line to indicate where to place the next piece.

9. When the block is finished, even up the outer edges and gently tear away the paper from the back side.

How to Quilt with Paper Foundation Piecing
Tear the paper away gently so as not to pull apart the stitches.

 

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ksaugustsson writes: This is a wonderful way to get a young person interested in learning how to quilt. Starting off with a small project and finishing it in a few days before moving into a large quilt project that takes months.
Posted: 4:19 pm on July 5th
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