I had a question about the difference between paper piecing and English paper piecing.
Today we are going to be learning FOUNDATION PAPER PIECING.
We actually will sew right to a foundation (in this case paper) and then remove the foundation when finished.
The pattern will be drawn right to the foundation, and you follow the lines when you are sewing.
This technique makes very intricate patterns much easier than you would think.
ENGLISH PAPER PIECING is where you have little shapes of paper,
and you use them as your templates to sew shapes that are hard to do by machine.
They are very accurate when done by hand, and actually quite relaxing.
An example of English Paper Piecing are the Hexagon Flowers that are so popular right now.
But 'hexies' are just the beginning of English Paper piecing.
I will show you more about this technique later this week on our Saturday Learn a Long.
But for today let's get back to the original Foundation Paper Piecing plan.
Our first pattern is a scrappy paper pieced heart, and was kindly supplied by Marcia.
Here are several photos of hearts that she has made using this pattern:
Please pop over and thank her for sharing this pattern!
What you will need:
- 1 sheet of foundation paper (I'll explain paper at the bottom of this post)
- Printer to print the pattern onto the foundation paper
- scraps for your heart
- the pattern...available RIGHT HERE.
Just like every other thing having to do with quilting,
paper for your foundation is a matter of opinion--
and there are several options.
Some use the normal Foundation papers for paper piecing
(by Carol Doak or some other manufacturers.)
Some use Vellum---available at your office supply store.
Some use regular typing paper.
Me? I use a cheap scribble tablet of paper.
The scribble papers are larger and may need trimmed to fit your printer..
After you learn the heart, then next you may start on this:
You need to buy the pattern,
available RIGHT HERE.
You might also start collection fabrics.
We will start at the top first and work our way down
(very slowly---only a couple of blocks per week),
so work on getting your sky and mountain fabrics first.
And PLEASE let me know if you are going to Learn Paper Piecing Along with Hillbilly.
Thanks! If you have questions...ask away!