Foundation Paper Piecing for BeginnersSee more from Today's Quilter magazine
Foundation paper piecing involves taking small scraps of fabric and machine stitching them to a paper template to create clever patchwork effects. Read on for our complete guide to foundation paper piecing for beginners.
Top tips for foundation paper piecing
- Use a regular sewing foot for FPPing and regret to a ¼in foot for piecing the block together
- Some people prefer to use dedicated scissors, rotary cutter blade and needle for FPP as the paper will blunt these much more quickly than fabric does.
- Where possible, always piece triangles on the bias edges as this will keep the straight-grain on the outside edges of each row. This will make it easier to join the rows and keep your quilt top lying flat.
- Extending the sewing line to just a stitch or two beyond the end of the line will enable the paper to be folded over to trim the seam allowance.
- Remove papers in reverse number order, i.e. starting at the highest and finishing with section 1.
- Someties, if you happen to make a mistake on the first seam in the block, it is quicker to print a new template and start afresh – just as long as you have enough fabric to start anew on that template.