Using a foundation to make blocks allows us to create intricate and precise designs which would otherwise be very challenging, if not impossible. One downside of traditional FPP is having to remove the paper templates once the block is finished, especially when paper gets caught up in seams (as sections are joined together), in very small pieces and sharp points.
As an alternative method, Freezer Paper Foundation Piecing, as used in this Worm Shell block, eliminates this step, allowing the paper template to be removed in one piece.
As an added bonus the foundations can then, if wished, be reused many times - perfect for patterns with repeat sections or blocks like the Citrus Slices table runner show below.
Our member Mary Davis has be using FPFP, rather than FPP, over the last two years for quilts of all sizes and of varying and increased complexity. Over that time Mary has perfected her use of the technique, including developing a few tricks that she finds makes the process even easier.
During this 5 hour workshop Mary will demonstrate how to use freezer paper as a foundation and how the technique differs from traditional FPP. Participants will be able to pre-select a pattern from a variety on offer and, following the demonstration, will be taken step-by-step through the process to make as many sections as required to complete a block of their chosen pattern.
Since it is a technique that is being taught rather than a specific pattern, participants are welcome to bring along any foundation paper piecing pattern they have and that they would like to make using this method. Once the participant has worked on a sample template, understands and feels confident with the technique, Mary will assist them to work on their own pattern.
This in-person workshop is suitable for anyone who already uses FPP and now wishes to add FPFP to their toolbox. It will also be perfectly suitable for those who have not yet tried, or mastered, traditional FPP since it is not necessary to know or understand that first.
This will also be a fun group get-together to do what we all love doing - learning new, or perfecting, quilting techniques. You are welcome to register and bring along a guest (same fee applies).
A workshop information sheet, including pattern choices and 'what to bring' will be available following registration.
Samples of Mary's FPFP quilts will be available to view at the workshop.
Questions? Contact Mary Davis, VP Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org