Foundation Piecing is a way of stitching patchwork, using a drawn pattern.
You work from the back of the foundation and sew on the drawn lines. You can use paper, Stitch'n'Tear or freezer paper as the foundation if working by machine or fine calico, Vilene or even nappy liners if working by hand. You can draft your own pictorial designs or work from the many foundation piecing quilt books for ideas.
TIP! Place a small low voltage lamp under a perspex machine extension table and you will be able to see where the seam allowances are lying. It saves holding up the patches to a window (which can otherwise move again by the time you replace under the machine.)
First published in Patchwork Basics 2002
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