Foun­da­tion Piec­ing

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Any­time you stitch fab­ric shapes to a foun­da­tion to cre­ate a pieced de­sign, you are foun­da­tion piec­ing. Foun­da­tion piec­ing is used for string piec­ing (stitch­ing mul­ti­ple fab­ric strips to­gether) or for crazy quilt­ing (stitch­ing odd fab­ric shapes to­gether).

String Piec­ing

1. Cut a piece of foun­da­tion ma­te­rial slightly larger than the block or piece size in­di­cated in the pat­tern in­struc­tions. Com­mon foun­da­tion ma­te­ri­als are muslin or other com­pat­i­ble solid-color fab­rics, light­weight bat­ting and light­weight, sew-in wo­ven in­ter­fac­ing.

2. Se­lect a precut strip and pin it along a di­ag­o­nal of the foun­da­tion square as shown in Fig­ure A. Trim strip to a man­age­able length if nec­es­sary, with ex­tra ex­tend­ing at each end, again re­fer­ring to Fig­ure A.

3. Se­lect an­other strip and pin right sides to­gether with first strip, trim­ming ex­cess as in step 2. Stitch 1/4" from the aligned edges of the pinned strips as shown in Fig­ure B.

4. Press the top strip to the right side as shown in Fig­ure C.

5. Con­tinue adding strips to the foun­da­tion piece in this man­ner un­til the foun­da­tion is com­pletely cov­ered as shown in Fig­ure D.

6. Trim the stitched foun­da­tion piece to the size in­di­cated in the pat­tern as shown in Fig­ure E to com­plete the block unit.

Crazy Quilt­ing

For crazy quilt­ing, use odd shapes be­gin­ning at the cen­ter of the foun­da­tion piece and add pieces in a cir­cu­lar man­ner. When the block is com­pleted, it is tra­di­tional to stitch over the seams with a va­ri­ety of em­broi­dery stitches. Add hand em­broi­dery along seams and em­broi­dery mo­tifs, beaded de­signs or lace mo­tifs in pieces for a tra­di­tional look.

1. Cut a piece of foun­da­tion ma­te­rial slightly larger than the block or piece size de­sired. Com­mon foun­da­tion ma­te­ri­als are muslin or other com­pat­i­ble solid-color fab­rics, light­weight bat­ting and light­weight, sew-in wo­ven in­ter­fac­ing.

2. Cen­ter a shape on foun­da­tion ma­te­rial (Fig­ure F). Note: Crazy quilt­ing is a good way to use up odd­shaped scraps from other projects that may not be large enough to sub­cut squares or tri­an­gles from. Tra­di­tion­ally, scraps were used from dress­mak­ing projects or worn-out dresses, so cot­ton, silk, satin, vel­vet and vel­veteen fab­rics were of­ten used to­gether.

3. Po­si­tion a sec­ond shape along one edge of the first right sides to­gether and stitch to­gether (Fig­ure G). Note: Shape edges will not nec­es­sar­ily be even. Trim shapes along seams to about ¼" seam al­lowance as shown in Fig­ure G.

4. Press sec­ond shape away from first re­fer­ring to Fig­ure H.

5. Con­tinue adding shapes to the foun­da­tion piece and trim­ming seam al­lowances in this man­ner un­til the foun­da­tion is com­pletely cov­ered as shown in Fig­ure I.

6. Trim the stitched foun­da­tion piece to the size in­di­cated in the pat­tern re­fer­ring to Fig­ure E to com­plete the block unit.

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