I've been following the EQ7 Summer Series. June is Month 2 and uses EQ7's PatchDraw functionality with paper foundation piecing to sew the block together.
Here is my EQ7 Version and the actual finished block:
I've never done foundation piecing before, so I thought I would just rotary-cut the pieces and stitch them together. Once I read the instructions, that called for very odd angles, I decided that rotary cutting wasn't going to happen, and I should learn foundation piecing and give it a try.
On the Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting website, I found a video that demonstrates the foundation paper piecing instructions. Perfect! I had this video playing and pausing a few times as I stitched my first pieces. Having never done this technique before, I can see why people like it for odd angles - the points come out perfect!
First thing to do is print the pattern on thin tear-away paper. I picked some up foundation paper at my local JoAnn store. The Print function of EQ7 allows you to print your block for foundation piecing.
If you want to try this pattern yourself, you can download and print my foundation pattern here.
Following the instructions on the video, I started stitching the fabric pieces to the paper foundation pieces. Foundation piecing is also know as "flip and fold", because you do a lot of that to stitch these pieces together. It is more time consuming, but it works well for these odd shapes and angles.
After stitching each of the block segments, stitch them together to form the block.
Remove the foundation paper after the block is complete.
|Summer Drawing Series - Block 2|
MID-MONTH MINI LESSON
This month's mini lesson was using the Pieced PatchDraw technique to create the Eight Point Star. You can find the mini-lesson here.
Here is the lesson's original block, and my EQ7 version.