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From: blackie
Date: 12-01-2004, 04:50 PM (1 of 5)
So - I am sort of an Advanced Beginner with quilting, but I have never foundation pieced. I just ordered a pattern that uses that technique. I have done a bit of paper piecing. What is foundation piecing and what are some tips? A site with photos would be great, b/c all I am finding are clumsy drawings. The pattern I ordered is item 6772 at (

Any help is appreciated!
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User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
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From: MaryW
Date: 12-01-2004, 05:23 PM (2 of 5)
If I am not mistaken, foundation piecing is a cross between crazy quilting and paper piecing. someone help!!! :bluewink:
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User: MaryW
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From: Raine
Date: 12-01-2004, 10:25 PM (3 of 5)
I think the terms "paper piecing" and "foundation piecing" are sometimes used interchangeably. For foundation piecing, the pattern can be printed on fabric such as muslin.

Here's a site with paper-piecing directions:

Once you get past those initial two pieces, it becomes easier to understand.

Good luck!
User: Raine
Member since: 04-19-2000
Total posts: 259
From: Hogmami
Date: 12-01-2004, 11:10 PM (4 of 5)
Thanks for the site. I think that would be great to use scraps with.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: shirleyp
Date: 12-01-2004, 11:25 PM (5 of 5)
I just finished a foundation wall hanging called the "Tulip Star". It is a combination of cut fabric and traced fabric. Foundation is used because of some of the geometric designs involved. These are done with a pattern and then traced onto the fabric. When sewn accurately, the designs falls into place. There are different places on the pattern where you need to start sewing, if started at the wrong place, they will not come out accurately.

Paper is like flip and sew, you have a pattern on paper and you sew your fabric onto this, when done you tear away the paper. Usually your first piece of fabric is face up, from this point your fabric is face down and you sew on the pattern line. Flip and continue on.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
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