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From: blackie
Date: 11-28-2005, 01:06 AM (1 of 4)
I have a kimono-pattern'd block that is a fairly detailed foundation pieced item (I bought it on recommendation from GreenDragonLady). Problem is, I don't know how to start! How do you do the method? How do you keep track of the colors? Does each piece have to be on grain? I'd love to have the face of the quilt done before Christmas.

So... anyone know a good online tutorial - or a used Amazon book - that can detail foundation piecing for me? Any help is appreciated!

Thanks - Kelly
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User: blackie
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 594
From: Skye
Date: 11-28-2005, 01:10 AM (2 of 4)
Found this when I did a quick google search I am sure there are others
User: Skye
Member since: 09-28-2000
Total posts: 233
From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 11-28-2005, 07:47 AM (3 of 4)
I'm glad you're trying it. I didn't worry about grain because you're stitching with the foundation paper, so it gives some stability. The only time I would worry about placement is if the fabric is directional. As far as colors go, I wrote right on the foundation paper what fabric was needed for that particular section. The hardest part for me was the triangle pieces that are stitched on a funny angle. It took me forever to get it to line up right so it would flip correctly after it was stitched. On pieces like that I would pin first and check before you sew and have to rip 5 times (literally). And I also made sure the pieces were cut plenty big to allow for overlap to stitch the next piece on.

Have fun!
User: GreenDragonLady
Member since: 07-29-2004
Total posts: 495
From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 11-28-2005, 07:55 AM (4 of 4)
I made another one for my neighbor. His den is Asian themed. The black background fabric is the same fabric that forms a band on his curtains (his girlfriend made them and I got her to give me some).

The second one went a lot more smoothly!
User: GreenDragonLady
Member since: 07-29-2004
Total posts: 495
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