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Paper Piecing Tutorial for Beginners


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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: Introduction 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 BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic quilt making skills required. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Each block finishes at 6" square

Recommended with this pattern

  • I highly recommend the paper designed specifically for paper piecing (Carol Doak's or Martingale's).
  • 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 also recommend an Add a Quarter Ruler

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Michele Foster is a quilt designer, author and teacher living in Ottawa, Canada. She specializes in designing and creating easy-to-understand patterns for both novice and experienced quilters. Her patterns include step-by-step instructions and full-colour diagrams ensuring your success. With her Skill Building Booklets, she has taught thousands of quilters around the world how to improve their quilting accuracy. In 2016, Michele started producing her patterns in paper format, for resale by independent quilt shops. Michele also founded the Quilting Gallery, a community-based web site for quilters around the world. She hosts fun events such as quilt-alongs, blog hops, give-aways and more.