Foundation Piecing is a method of patchwork piecing that uses a paper or fabric foundation to stabilize a quilt block during construction. When using a paper foundation, the paper is removed from the block either at the completion of the block or at the completion of a quilt top. This technique is also referred to Paper Piecing. When using a fabric foundation it remains in the quilt. This method is commonly used in Crazy Quilts when the embroidery is done by hand. Foundation piecing also is used for complicated quilt blocks that require a lot of precision stitching to be successful, or uses odd shapes of fabric that would be problematic to cut.
Benefits of Foundation Piecing
- Blocks are stabilized
- Piecing complicated blocks can be easier with Foundation Piecing
Tools and Supplies for Foundation Piecing
You'll need the following for Foundation Piecing:
- Basic sewing supplies
- Sewing Machine
- Paper or fabric foundations
- Fabric and supplies for your quilt
What I Wish I Knew When I Started Foundation Piecing
Reducing your stitch length is important when FOUNDATION PIECING on paper, the smaller stitch length will make the paper easier to remove.