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I'm Michele Foster a quilt designer, author, web developer, pet dog trainer and teacher from Ottawa, Canada. I am the founder of the Quilting Gallery (http://quiltinggallery.com/) web site which I ...

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Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners

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(7) Name: 'Quilting : Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners
Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners
Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic quilt making skills required.

Pattern Description:

Overcome your paper piecing fears ...

Foundation piecing, commonly referred to as paper piecing, is a way to construct quilt blocks whereby the pattern is created by stitching the patches to the foundation in numerical order to create the design. The foundation material can be paper, muslin, lightweight broadcloth, etc.

Included in this detailed photo tutorial, aimed at beginners to paper piecing, are six paper pieced blocks that finish at 6" square. Each block has been chosen as it provides a learning opportunity for a specific aspect of paper piecing. Once all six blocks are complete, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle any beginner/intermediate project. You can use the blocks to create a mini sampler quilt or table runner or whatever you like.

Included in this Booklet:

Recommended Tools
Getting Started - Preparation is Key
Basic Paper Piecing Technique
Trimming and Removing the Paper
Completing the Sample Blocks
How to Measure Patches for Paper Piecing
Cutting Mirrored Rectangle Patches Diagonally
Additional Resources
Cutting Charts for Sample Blocks
Sample Block Templates

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Each block finishes at 6" square


  • You only need a small amount of fabric to complete the block templates. Four fat eighths, for variety, plus a fat quarter of background will be sufficient.
  • I highly recommend the paper designed specifically for paper piecing (Carol Doak's or Martingale's).
  • I also recommend an Add a Quarter Ruler

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