Friday, March 9, 2012

Do you Foundation Piece?

I don't. Or at least I didn't until this week. I never liked the idea of sewing over paper then spending time ripping it all off. That put me off. But I know I should have tried it before I decided whether I liked it or not. Oh well, I probably won't try it that way now since I have discovered that you can foundation paper piece using freezer paper...and you don't sew over the paper...ever!! I found a fabulous tutorial for it over at Twiddletails Store then followed it to the letter. And it worked...


...and now I am hooked!! I love all those gorgeous perfect points that can be easily achieved with foundation piecing.


I found this wonderful little block called Colourwheel Geese over at Piece by Number, it's a free template you can download. (They also have some fabulous templates in their Etsy shop). I printed the template off, then traced it onto the dull side of the freezer paper and went from there.


I don't know how this method would work for very skinny, very spiky points, but I will certainly try it sometime and let you know.

Yesterday I spied Dan's (Piece and Press) New York Beauty cushion he has made using foundation piecing, how divine...

Photo from Dan's blog Piece and Press
Used with Dan's kind permission

Dan has generously drawn up the foundation piecing templates for his stunning cushion, and made them available from his post here. Don't mind if I do, thank you Dan, great templates! You will be able to see more of these beauties in Dan's flickr group here. (Hopefully I will get one there soon!!).

Yes, there will be many more attempts at freezer paper foundation piecing (what a mouthful) over here in the next few months. So have you tried either method before? Do you love/hate it? I would love to hear what you think about it. xo

27 comments:

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Great job. You can also cut your freezer paper ( or buy it) to 8.5 X 11 and feed it thru your printer, and the printer prints right on it, saving you a lot of time of tracing it on there too. ;D

quilt happy said...

i hav't tryed it but have read some good reports about it

MJinMichigan said...

The technique works really well for super long spiky points. I learned how to do it in a class with Judy Mathieson where me made a compass type block from a pattern in her book. It was amazing just how easy it was and no paper to tear off!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I used Anina's (Twiddletails) method for her pattern Geese in the Forrest and loved it. I printed the pattern on the freezer paper that I cut just like Ann Marie mentioned. It is 467 flying geese, so I had lots of practice.

Janet said...

I used to do a lot of paper piecing, not so much now but I love it for accuracy. There are a number of ways to achieve it, sometimes I print on tearaway and use that for itty bitty stuff. I love your geese, very cool fabrics.

Patchwork and Play said...

Love FPP too, especially for its accuracy too! I have a whole Mariner's Compass quilt I foundation pieced in 2010 which desperately needs quilting! Ah, one day soon, I hope! I do the "pull the paper off the back" method. But my friend Mary @ Molly Flanders has a great tutorial for the freezer paper method which I will try one day too!

Miriam said...

FPP bamboozles me!!! The first time I tried it I got upside down, inside out and totally confused. The 2nd try worked, but I can't remember how I did it!!
Thank you for the links....I'm off to check them all out.

Kelli said...

I LOVE your block Cathy!! Esp. the polka dots.. sooo cute! Will have to check out that tutorial. xo

Cardygirl said...

Looks like fun!

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Marit said...

Love your geese block! Thank you for the link to the tutorial, it looks very interesting. So far I have been sewing on paper and then tearing it away. The back of this techniques looks a lot tidier!
; )

Bronwyn said...

Yes I too was not fussed about all that extra work to reach the end result - but I keep coming across it - and wanting it! That dot/hatch is amazing print! Where did you buy your freezer paper?

Oops-Lah said...

I too love paper piecing. I haven't seen this method though. But I have used the freezer paper method where you cut the freezer paper into the different pieces, iron them onto the fabrics, then sew them together with the freezer paper still on. That way you don't sew over the paper either. I used the book "Piecing Workshops" by Ruth B. McDowell.Your block turned out lovely by the way.

Sujata Shah said...

I love your block.. I never used to foundation piece until I made my very latest quilt. Just posted it last night. I am not sure if I love he fact that I am cutting away so much fabric but I also know that there are some quilts that can only be made with this method. And for that, it is all worth it.

Nedra said...

I've been doing a lot of paper piecing lately too, and I love how everything comes out neat as a pin. Tearing off all those papers is a good project while watching TV. (or to hand to your husband and children)

Barb said...

What a fabulous block, I will have to go over and take a look!

imquilternity said...

Love your block, Cathy! You always have such a good eye for fabrics. I love paper/foundation piecing and have done quite a bit of it, but hadn't seen this techinique. I'll have to try it. The last time I made a foundation-pieced project I used Vellum paper and it worked wonderfully. It was not difficult at all to remove and, as mentioned above, it's a good project to have when you're sitting in front of the tv.

Heather said...

I still get confused every time I start a new paper pieced project but once I get going I love the results. I am anxious to try the method you used - no paper pulling sounds great!

Annie said...

Your block looks awesome! I'm glad to see this tutorial. But it's so much more work than is necessary, I think I can complete my piecing and have the paper pulled off before I would ever be done with piecing this way. The important thing tho is that you've found a method that you like and works for you and that is what counts!

Stephanie said...

I have done it -- 120 - 8" NY Beauties. Precise and gorgeous. Dislike paper piecing very much. Love the spots on your project.

MJinMichigan said...

I had time today to look at the link to the tutorial. The technique Judy Mathieson teaches in her workshops and book, Mariner's Compass Quilts:Setting A New Course, is faster because you don't need to trace the pattern onto the freezer paper but instead stack 5 pieces of freezer paper and stitch along the lines with an unthreaded sewing machine needle. Also, there is little fabric wasted when you use Judy's technique of precutting stacked fabric using a freezer paper template that is a bit larger than the finished piece plus cutting multiple pieces saves time. All of this is explained in detail in her book and I'm sure you can tell I'm a big fan.

Nifty Quilts said...

I have not tried the freezer paper method. But I have to laugh at your comment about paper piecing. That's exactly what I said before I did it. Now I kind of like taking the paper off. But I'll probably look up the tute for freezer paper. Thanks!

Marjorie said...

I've done a lot of paper piecing which I love for very fussy, small and detailed piecing. That being said, I don't see the advantage of using the freezer paper. I hope someone who has done a lot of both can share advice on why having the fabric stick to the paper is better than just pressing it flat.

Adele said...

Your geese look fab. I've done heaps of foundation piecing and I have to say, the freezer paper way is so fiddly and time consuming, it is a bit blah after a while. Sewing over paper and ripping it away is actually therapeutic after a while and it's speedy when you're getting a whole quilt top done. See how you go. Enjoy!

Merran said...

At last you are a convert! Remember I was raving about this last November? Michelle Yeo uses this method brilliantly for her very complex quilts and it appeals to my need for accuracy and precision, so much easier and tidier than stitching and ripping paper.

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! I haven't tried that and don't feel comfortable sewing with the paper - but I know I should try. Your block is really beautiful and I like Dan's pillow!
Thank you for that link; that looks better method to me (only I should find that freezer paper from the internet). I feel that I still continue my way and one day with lots of time, I try!
I love your latest quilt!
x Teje

Anonymous said...

I like to use the embroidery interface/material (sorry, I don´t know how this is called in English) that you use for stabilizing when you do machine embroidery. I don´t remove it. I just leave it in my quilt/wall hanging/....
Greetings, Inka from Germany