Number of Lessons: 4
Price: US$ 40.00
Tutor: Jane Hall
On Demand: Start anytime
Stability, precision, speed, and versatility. What more could you ask of a technique? No wonder it has become a basic tool for us. Jane shows you how to piece on top, under neath and with single templates. You will learn how to use the foundation as a stitching guide without actually sewing into it. This is a process class. You will get 21 different block patterns but there is no project. Skill level: beginner to advanced. It helps to have a basic familiarity with piecing and with your sewing machine. Rotary cutting is also an efficient way to work, but foundation piecing can be done with basic tools and can be sewn by hand, if you wish.
There are 21 different blocks in class. The string block in Lesson Two is 4"; all the rest are 6" square. You will be asked to make 2-3 blocks for each lesson, but may make as many others as you desire. All the 6" blocks will fit together so it will be easy for you to make a sampler quilt, tablerunner, wall hanging, tote bag or decorative vest.
Fabric: Scraps, strips, fat quarters; total of maybe 3-4 yards to make all the blocks
Note: Some blocks will use only two fabrics, others up to 5. If you are thinking about a coordinated project, I would suggest 1/2 yards of 3-4 medium and dark fabrics, scraps of light, and a yard of background. These can be prints, batiks, or a run of 6-8 hand dyed fabrics. This can be a scrap project.
Optional: any of my books about Foundation Piecing, including:
Every Quilter’s Foundation Piecing Tool Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood (C&T Publishing 2009), deals with how to break up all kinds of blocks, simple to complicated, for foundation-piecing.
The Experts’ Guide to Foundation Piecing (C&T Publishing, 2006, Jane Hall) 13 teacher friends discussing their take on the process, each providing a small project for you to practice on. Some really innovative and different tweaks.
Firm Foundation (AQS 1996, Hall and Haywood) 50 full-size patterns for foundation-pieced blocks, all degrees of difficulty. Out of print but available as black & white reprint.
For more information, check www.janehallquilts.com
Two completely different foundation piecing techniques
More complex designs