Demystifying Design for Paper Piecing

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Friday, August 12th


Instructor: Dana Jones

Extreme angles, sharp points, precision piecing, easy patch cutting, one-of-a-kind images and more are all possible with foundation paper piecing. In this design class, you’ll learn how to create foundations for everything from traditional blocks to pictorial quilts. We’ll start with foundation design for simple blocks then to more complex blocks — butterflies, flowers, animals and more. In the process, you’ll discover when paper piecing is the best piecing process for you, and you’ll design a block.

In the second half of the class, you’ll design a small pictorial quilt working from a photo or drawing you bring to class. Skills taught in the class will include:

  • Learning what does and doesn’t work when foundation piecing
  • Determining the number of foundations needed
  • Numbering foundations for piecing order
  • Labeling foundations and marking them for joining to other foundations
  • Making templates for cutting patches for on-grain piecing and efficient use of fabric

This is a technique class but you will take home foundation designs for your block and pictorial designs that you can piece at home.

A $15 supply fee is payable in class. This covers:

  • 12” x 1” clear plastic graph ruler with ⅛” grid
  • Four sheets of 8.5” x 11” vellum paper with 8 squares/inch grid
  • Eraser that’s good on vellum
  • 1 sheet of template plastic
  • 2 sheets typing paper
  • 1 fine-tip Sharpie
  • Permanent marker for use on the template plastic (better than a Sharpie and special ordered from the UK)
  • One Magic Eraser sheet
  • Use of instructor’s supplies such as colored pencils, larger vellum gird paper, and larger and smaller graph rulers.
  • Close to 20 pages of handouts, most in full color
  • Access to shared supplies: Grid paper and vellum larger than 8.5” x 11”, colored pencils, masking tape and longer and wider rulers

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