1) Machine baste 1/4” inch from the fabric edge using thread that clearly contrasts with the fabric color
2) Use the basting stitch as a guide and start stitching
3) Once you’re done, remove the basting stitch
Many people resist foundation piecing (also known as paper piecing). Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to make this method easier.
I begin with a newspaper grade of foundation paper. It is very reasonably priced and easy to tear away.
1) After copying the pattern onto the paper, use a light table, a colored pencil, and a small ruler and mark the quarter inch seam allowances for each pieced section on the back of the paper (shown as red broken lines). This helps when lining up the fabric for the next seam.
2) Use a shortened stitch length when piecing (2.0).
3) After you have assembled the unit, steam iron the back of the finished unit to set the seams and weaken the paper.
4) Remove the paper in the reverse numerical order as it was pieced. Run the handle of your scissors along the last stitching line and tear away the paper. Continue in this manner until all of the paper has been removed.
This tutorial is a must-have for every quilter. The tips and techniques included are priceless in more ways than one. You don’t need to purchase a special ruler and it’s
FREE!Yes, some things really are free. Please allow me to show my graditude to all of my followers and clients.
Have a lovely quilting day,
Cheryl A. Matzen
Karen A., from Central Texas says,
"I had to pass along one of the best tips I ever received on making stencils or rotary rulers slip proof. Visit your local first aid shelves at the grocery store. Buy a roll of 3M NexCare Waterproof First Aid tape. Cut small (3/8” – 1/2”) squares of tape, and affix a few to your favorite rotary cutting ruler (or stencil!). These little bits of flesh colored tape provide just the right amount of “grip” to any surface. Even better, they come off cleanly, without any damage or residue on ruler! A roll will last you years! I replace about once a year, as the edges do get “fuzzy”… I also use this tape, cut to a finger tip size, and use on my needle holding finger for hand stitching, to reduce stress on my finger joints and allow a firm grip on the tiniest of hand needles as well!"
"Hope you get a chance to try this out – you’ll be amazed!"
Thank you for sharing Karen. I tried your tip and I do LOVE it! Cheryl A. Matzen