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Foundation Paper Piecing 101

A class to learn the fundamentals of foundation piecing. This is a beginner class or a great refresher class for a seasoned quilter. Class will cover tools and paper types, cutting fabrics and using scraps, placing fabrics and trimming, working with sections, removing papers.


Class will cover creating a foundation pieced pillow and pincushion. Plan to finish your pincushion in class and get a good start (if not finish) your pillow.


You must be familiar with your sewing machine and know how to thread and operate it.


Information regarding materials:

  • The class fee covers the pattern.
  • Details regarding the materials needed for the projects are on the back of the pattern you received when signing up for this class. You will want to bring a neutral sewing thread for piecing and a coordinating thread for quilting. The materials listed on the pattern will cover the class projects and some practice piecing, but you may want to bring some fabric scraps along to practice.

I will be printing and providing the foundation papers for each student on newsprint for working in class, so you do not need to copy or trace the foundations found in the pattern.


What to bring:

You will want to have your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies with you, along with the materials for the projects. The Creative Space has a couple cutting stations with cutting mats, and a couple pressing stations with irons - you’ll need to bring a rotary cutter and ruler(s). For foundation piecing, you might find it more convenient to have a personal cutting mat at your work station, along with a small iron and pressing mat. A CM Designs Add-A-Quarter Ruler (6” or 12”) will be quite beneficial (but is not a requirement). You will want to have flathead sewing pins with you and if you have wonder clips, they will be helpful. If your sewing machine has additional presser feet, such as: an open toe foot, clear foot, and/or a patchwork foot, please have those presser feet with you. The projects can be completed without specialty presser feet, but they do make the projects easier. We will be working with multiple layers, so I would suggest a 90/14 needle (an 80/14 needle would work, as well). You may wish to have a notebook and writing utensil to take some notes. Some optional items we will be discussing, and you may find quite useful: colored pencils or markers, water soluble glue pen (Sewline), paper scissors, fabric scraps, and a hand needle and thread to close the pincushion opening after turning and stuffing.

We will have a casual break for lunch – you may want to bring lunch or snacks with you.

Before class:

You do not need to do any cutting or sewing before class; however, if you wish to cut the fabrics on pages 1 and 2 of your pattern (you will want to label them), you will get quite a bit more done in class.


If you have additional questions before class, you can reach me at

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Materials Included: Pattern
Instructor: Belinda Karls-Nace
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.