Foundation Paper Piecing Made Easy

Share on FacebookPin on PinterestTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someonePrint this page

A Great Method for Beginning Quilters!

Many quilters shy away from paper piecing, thinking it’s too complicated to tackle. However, it’s a great method for achieving perfectly accurate quilt blocks and for creating intricate designs. Perfect points and working with small pieces of fabric are a breeze with this method.

There are many stunning quilt blocks that should only be attempted with paper piecing as it would be too difficult to get nice blocks with traditional piecing. But, even simple blocks benefit from this method. There’s no need for accurate cutting and sewing perfect quarter inch seams to make a beautiful block. That’s why this is a great method for beginning quilters.

Paper Pieced Stars

Paper piecing begins with a paper pattern. That is used as the foundation for the block. You’ll be sewing along the lines between the patches. Most paper pieced blocks and quilts have templates for you to print out on your computer’s printer. Printer paper works just fine for this method.

vintage sewing machine

Once you have the paper template, cut fabric pieces larger than the areas you want them to appear in within the block. You’ll sew seams through the paper and the fabric, and trim the seam allowances later. Just be sure to use a small stitch length for easily removing the paper once you’re done stitching the block together.

twinkling tulip

In the following video from The Crafty Gemini you’ll see exactly how to create a block using the foundation paper piecing process. Before long you’ll be getting great results of your own, regardless of how simple or intricate the block is. And, you’ll achieve a level of accuracy that can be a challenge to achieve with traditional piecing. Your blocks will stitch together into a beautiful polished quilt, even if you’re a new quilter.

Click here to watch the video at YouTube if it doesn’t play on your device.

Patterns for the paper pieced quilt blocks shown in this article are available here.


PLEASE NOTE: Quilting Digest has featured many patterns from vendors participating in the Craftsy Marketplace, most of which have been deleted by Craftsy. It's going to take awhile for us to hunt down new sources for those patterns. In the meantime there are many links to patterns on our site that no longer work. We apologize if this article contains one or more of those links and appreciate your patience while we straighten things out. Thank you!

PLEASE NOTE: Quilting Digest does not sell or otherwise provide patterns directly. We showcase patterns and projects from various vendors, bloggers and other sources. Please make a note of where you access a pattern (the link in the yellow box toward the end of each Quilting Digest article). That way you can contact Support for that source if you have downloading problems or other issues. Thank you!


Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *