Sunday, January 17, 2010

Foundation Piecing for Quilting Crafts

quilt crafts foundation piecing quiltingLearn How to Quilt: Quilting Crafts Foundation Piecing

Foundation piecing is a quilting technique you can learn quickly, and use it for many different sewing crafts projects. The purpose of foundation piecing is to give support and a framework to the project, and it works great for small pieces or something you would want a lining fabric for--like a crazy quilt.

We have been working on a crazy quilt made with specific shapes for each square, not the usual crazy quilt with a pentagon in the center. Almost all crazy quilting lends itself to foundation piecing.

Foundation piecing begins with a foundation or background of muslin or even paper, since this was originally paper piecing done with newspapers. We prefer to work with muslin or similar fabric and leave the foundation on for backing fabric. We mark the design on the foundation, then sew a piece in place just flat on the foundation. Add the next piece by lining it up against the edge of the first one, flip it over and stitch with right sides together with the first one. Flip it back and add the next piece to it.

Once you see how it is done, you can see other crafts and crafting uses for foundation piecing.

Get the new year off to a good start by learning a new technique for your crafts projects, or getting a new needlework project started. It is a perfect time--while the weather is limiting outdoor activity.

See you very soon!


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