foundation piecing

Foundation piecing with fabric strips video tutorial

As you know I love foundation piecing and I always encourage everyone to give foundation piecing a go.

Even if it feels weird, or counterintuitive or just plain crazy just follow the video step by step and you’ll get there.

It may take several blocks to get it but hung in there, it’ll be worth it.

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Some foundation piecing tips

1. Use freezer paper and reuse your templates over and over.

Watch how to do foundation piecing with freezer paper:

You can trace the template on to a freezer paper roll though I’ve recently discovered how easy it is to just print to freezer paper.

Freezer paper for printing.

This is the paper I’ve been using for a while now. It’s a time saver and you end up with a perfect template every time.

2. Use a short stitch.

Using a short stitch makes it easier to tear the paper after you finish the block.

I set my machine to 1.8 though your machine may be different.

3. Perforate the paper beforehand by sewing through the paper with your machine

Don’t use thread.

4. Alternatively use a tracing wheel.

This is my favourite method.

Tracing wheel for foundation piecing

Use some padded surface for best results.

5. Use a special ruler for foundation piecing

While I usually try to avoid using special rulers, this one is brilliant

This ruler is a dream for foundation paper piecing. It’s a time saver.

Add a quarter ruler.

Add a quarter ruler

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

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Foundation piecing with fabric strips video tutorial

2 comments

  1. I just saw your post on instagram today, and it mentioned that your pineapple quilt block paper piecing pattern was a free download. I guess it was an old post because it wasn’t free.. 😦 I love the challenge of paper piecing.

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