Foundation Paper Piecing

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Finally, I managed to complete the first section of #MetroArea quilt from Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman. I’ve been working on it whenever I can spare some time. I was reluctant to start #MetroArea and had second thoughts about doing this quilt. I was feeling behind schedule and that it would be a lot of work to complete each section. But then I decided to put the negative thoughts aside and just start. I’m very glad I did because it turned out to be easier than I thought it would thanks to to the latest skill I acquired “Foundation Paper Piecing.”

Section one consists of the Forest Park Block, The Parking Garage Block, and the City Hall Block. The first block I worked on is Forest Park. I was already familiar with this block because I’ve done it for the #westside quilt. I had a hard time doing this block for westside. I used the freezer paper method but for some reason I had a hard time getting the block to be the size it should be. I asked a few people for help; I asked what method would they use. Some told me they did the block using the foundation paper piecing method. So this time around I decided to try this method! Once again, my friend is youtube haha. I watched a tutorial and I instantly gave the method a try! I have to say it is very easy and accurate.

Here are the steps:
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1. Cut a piece of fabric that will be big enough to cover a section of the pattern drawn on the paper (I used special ‘foundation paper piecing paper’ that I bought from Amazon). In this case it is section A. My piece of fabric is way too generous but that is because I was fussy cutting.

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2. Put a dab of glue stick on the paper and stick it to the fabric. The paper and the fabric’s wrong sides should face each other. Then fold the paper at the line that marks the side of the pattern. 

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3. Place the ‘add on 1/4 inch ruler’ on the edge of the paper and cut the fabric. This way you will be cutting for 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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4. Place the second piece of fabric that will be covering section B of the pattern facing down, edges lined up just as the pic above. Then hold the bundle together and flip it so that the paper is on top facing you. Sew along the line. Note: change the size of the stitches on the machine to 1.8 instead of 2.5

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5. Press the fabric and complete the other side of the pattern following the steps above.

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6. Once done piecing the pieces of the pattern together press and cut the final piece adding a quarter inch for seam allowance.

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7. You will then have completed the pattern. All you have to do at this point is remove the paper.

This is how my very first foundation paper piecing looked like when I was done!
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I hope you give this method a try if you haven’t already! I’m looking forward to completing more sections of #metroarea pretty soon!

Thanks for following up,
Fatema!

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