Foundation Paper Piecing


By Judith on November 5, 2020
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Hello folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve had a very good reason!

 

 

My eldest daughter was married this week in England.  The current pandemic meant the original guest list was whittled down to 6, the date brought forward a day, no bridal party, no photographer, no reception, a last minute change of vicar and no honeymoon! Poor things!

 

 

That being said, we had a lovely simplified day celebrating together! It has been almost a year since I’ve seen my girl and it was so good spending a few days together.

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So time to update you on our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along!

 

Solidarity Star (Kindred Spirits QAL)

 

For the past 2 weeks the ladies have been working on a Foundation Paper Pieced 18″ block called Solidarity Star.

Solidarity Star (Kindred Spirits QAL)

In the 18th and 19th Centuries, Foundation Piecing was popular as a way of stabilising fabric by sewing it first onto a foundation of either scrap fabric or muslin or paper (often old letters!). It is a similar technique to English Paper Piecing where fabric is wrapped & secured around paper shapes before being sewn together.

 

 

Paper foundations are torn out after sewing, whereas fabric foundations remain in the finished project.

 

Today, our cheaply produced and widely available paper is the most commonly used foundation, with block design becoming more elaborate achieving complex and precise piecing.

 

Popper Penguin Cushion pattern available here

Freezer paper can also be used in Foundation Piecing. In this instance the finished size of each shape is made from freezer paper with the fabrics being cut 1/4″ wider. Unlike Foundation Paper Piecing, you don’t stitch through the freezer paper, it is simply peeled off after the fabrics are pieced together.

 

Schoolhouse Cushion Pattern available here

As part of our Quilt-Along, we will be learning the non-freezer paper method and sewing directly onto our paper templates.

 

Because of the complexity of our Solidarity Star we are taking 2 weeks of the QAL to make our block.  And I’m seeing fabulous results in our private Facebook Group!!

 

Foundation Paper Piecing is one of my favourite patchwork techniques!  I just love all the crisp lines and points you can achieve!

 

 

If you’ve never tried Foundation Paper Piecing why not have a go with some simple tutorials and shapes to get a hold of the technique.  There are some great tips for Beginner Foundation Paper Piecers here. Then a whole world of beautiful stars, pictures and complex shapes will open up to you!

 

Happy sewing!

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Just Jude & Friends: Melody Mini Cushion


By Judith on July 10, 2020
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We are now in week 2 of our Instagram Designers Collaboration with Sotak Handmade, Charm About You, Stuart Hillard Sews, Penny Dog & myself.

 

 

Last week we made Svetlana’s Lola Pouches (you can see mine here).

 

This week we are making Lucy’s Melody Mini Quilt/Cushion.

 

 

This is a foundation paper pieced pattern which makes either a 20″ cushion or wallhanging.  I love foundation paper piecing for the accuracy and pointy points you can achieve!

 

I decided to make another pillow for my sofa and of course, I chose Tilda Fabrics!!

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

I wanted to create a secondary pattern that became the centre feature of the cushion so I vered slightly from Lucy’s original colour placement.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

The cushion is actually made in 4 quadrants – you could keep the colourway in each quadrant the same colour/fabrics (like Lucy’s original pattern).  Alternatively, by changing the fabric in one point in each quadrant you get a new secondary pattern when each of the those points face towards the centre.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

When it came to the quilting, I decided to quilt in the ditches first, to bed down a few of those lumpier seams.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

I knew the Kona Snow would look too stark by itself so a little running stitch brings interest to these plainer sections and a little more quilted texture.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

My points were pretty well matched in the middle, despite the bulk of the intersecting seam, but it just didn’t feel right not to highlight the centre with a vintage button!

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

The back of the cushion has my ‘go to’ feature zip, and a stripey Tilda binding frames the finished cushion.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

I’m really pleased with how this cushion has turned out and love how it looks with my other handmade cushions.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

Fabrics used:

Kona Snow

Tilda Old Rose (Lucy Teal Wisp)*

Tilda Classic Basics (Paint Dot Pink)*

Tilda Bon Voyage (Lilit Red)*

Tilda Tea Towel Basics (Apple Cake Stripe Red)*

*available to purchase here

Melody Mini Quilt/Cushion pattern available here

 

And don’t forget to check out the other Melody Minis on Instagram by searching #melodyminiquilt or #justjudecollaborates

 

Happy sewing!

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‘Take Wing’ Classes Roundup


By Judith on February 17, 2018
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This was the last week of our ‘Take Wing’ Butterfly wallhanging series.

 

31 brave ladies have been diving into the exacting and at times demanding technique of foundation paper piecing using Lillyella’s ‘Take Wing’ butterfly pattern.

 

And just look at some of the results!

 

Take Wing Butterfly Class Feb18

 

Aren’t they majestic!

 

Each one a unique metamorphosis of creative energy and courage into raw talent and beauty!

 

Some will be transformed into wallhangings and some into cushion covers.

 

I’m so proud of all my ladies for undertaking this project, especially for those who found themselves well and truly out of their comfort zone!

 

Well done everyone!

 

Enjoy your amazing creations!

 

 

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Crossed Paths Quilt


By Judith on February 6, 2018
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Hi there,

 

These weeks are rolling past so quickly I’m struggling to keep up with blog posts about my magazine commissions!

 

The February issue of Quilt Now is out this week, but I haven’t gotten around to telling you about my quilt in the January issue yet!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)
60″ x 60″

 

This is Crossed Paths, made completely from Spectrum Solids by Makower.

 

In quilt design, the terms ‘advanced’ or ‘technical’ can be quite subjective, depending on which part of the quilt the term refers to.

 

For example, a quilt can look ‘uncomplicated’ due to the fabrics used, but the piecing technique may require complete accuracy or many instructions.

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

At the other end of the spectrum, a quilt can look cleverly complicated with really straightforward piecing.

 

Crossed Paths falls somewhere in between!  The repeating 15″ blocks are based around 2 elements:  (1) Foundation pieced quadrants are made separately, papers removed then pieced around the central square using (2) a partial seam (tutorial on partial seams coming soon!).

 

 

 

However, close attention must be paid to the cutting instructions and fabric placement, to achieve the gradation of background from dark to light and the reverse gradation of the ‘crossed paths’.

 

This is a quilt where lots of labels and plastic bags are recommended to keep yourself organised!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

So if you like making quilts with a little more ‘bite’ then this one’s for you!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

Happy sewing!

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Take Wing Butterfly Wallhanging


By Judith on November 29, 2017
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It’s getting much colder here!  Brrrrr! Winter has most definitely arrived!

 

And it’s getting harder to photograph my projects outside – icy showers are never too far away!

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging
24″ x 15″

 

For a while now I have been wanting to make Lillyella’s Take Wing Butterfly pattern. 

 

Butterflies hold symbolic meaning for me, and when I first saw Nicole’s Take Wing Butterfly, it took my breath away!

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging

 

The butterfly is foundation paper pieced in 5 sections.  I LOVE foundation piecing because of the crisp, sharp points and lines you get from this technique.

 

And Nicole includes a really helpful colouring sheet, so you can colour in the sections of your butterfly first to get an idea of colour and fabric placement.

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging

 

The fabrics I used were mostly Sunprints by Alison Glass, leftovers from a rainbow quilt I made in the summer.

 

Most of the pieced sections are small, so this would also be a great scrap-buster project.  And if you don’t fancy a wallhanging, it can easily be transformed into a beautiful cushion.

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging

 

I will be teaching this next term as part of my new program of classes. I do hope you can join us for some foundation piecing fun!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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