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Thread: Foundation Piecing Question

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    Junior Member Whitney60's Avatar
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    Foundation Piecing Question

    In this month's (March-April) Fons and Porter's magazine (page 9) there is a tip using interfacing instead of paper. Has anyone tried this or any more tips... Would nice to have a tuorial as I need step by step. Looks pretty cool. Thanks Donna

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    I use that method, using interfacing cut to go through a printer although I suppose one could draw or trace the patterns but that would be a lot of work. I use a product by June Taylor called Perfect Piecing that i get at JoAnns or anywhere that carries something similar. What i like about it is I don't have to remove the interfacing once the block is finished like you do with paper. The one thing you have to remember is to make all the foundations the same size so the final product will turn out right. My printer also serves as a copier, so I just load it with the sheets & copy the number of sheets I need. I also use a ruler called Add a Quarter which has a lip to add the quarter inch seam allowance when you trim the pieces. Hope that helps.

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    thank you for the timely post. the quilt I am thinking about to make is Foundation or paper pieced thanks for the tip
    Quote Originally Posted by willowwind View Post
    I use that method, using interfacing cut to go through a printer although I suppose one could draw or trace the patterns but that would be a lot of work. I use a product by June Taylor called Perfect Piecing that i get at JoAnns or anywhere that carries something similar. What i like about it is I don't have to remove the interfacing once the block is finished like you do with paper. The one thing you have to remember is to make all the foundations the same size so the final product will turn out right. My printer also serves as a copier, so I just load it with the sheets & copy the number of sheets I need. I also use a ruler called Add a Quarter which has a lip to add the quarter inch seam allowance when you trim the pieces. Hope that helps.

    Cathy S./ Willowwind

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    yes, same as above, but I use Carol Doak paper...has to be torn out, but it is so easy to do...and that 1/4" lipped ruler is definitely a good thing to have. I learned about it from Carol Doak cd on paper piecing......love it.......

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    Vellum paper is also popular for paper piecing. I'm working on a quilt now using it and it's a piece of cake as far as ripping. I have some spots in my quilt where I've got eight or more seams intersecting, so I'm not sure I'd want the sheets of Perfect Piecing staying in the quilt. That would be sixteen layers and even taking into consideration how lightweight it is, it would still be too much. I've been documenting my design process and part of it included reducing the number of seams that intersect.

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    Using interfacing that stays in also allows you to use up some of the thinner scraps you might have.

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    I use cheap copy paper because it tears off so easily. Interfacing is a good idea though, especially if it is super light. Then I wouldn't feel bad at all about leaving it in my quilt. Great tip.
    I also use the Add-A-Quarter and Add-an Eighth rulers. I have also tried "paperless" piecing by using Freezer Paper as the template - works great to hold the pieces in place (fabric presses to the waxy side) and then you fold back the paper and stitch NEXT to the line as opposed to THROUGH the paper. When your piece is done, trim it, then peel off the freezer paper to use again.
    You might be interested in a step-by-step tutorial here:
    http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/cut.../paperpiecing/

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    often i use inexpensive muslin for foundations- i love to paper piece=but hate removing papers- so 99% of the time i use a foundation- i can press freezer paper to the back & run it through the printer if i want and i don't have to remove it when my blocks are done.
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    I've used muslin, but it doesn't stay square. I would like too find some cheap copy paper; I would think that 15 lb paper would work well, but I can't find anything less than 20 lb paper in bulk.

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