Foundation pieced quilts, sometimes called paper pieced quilts, are made by sewing pieces of fabric onto a temporary or permanent foundation.
Paper Piecing. It’s what I do. I play at crafts and I crochet to relax, but paper piecing is what motivates me, inspires me, and makes me want to keep creating. It’s addicting, frustrating, and incredibly rewarding. I love to design, to piece, and, when I get the opportunity, help others learn, too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Watch my 2012 STITCHED Workshop, Paper Piecing Art: Beginner & Beyond for free.
You can find Waiting for Rain, the pattern used in the video in my Craftsy shop for just $4.
How To Paper Piece
- Learn to Paper Piece with Sweet Skating Sue - a 23 pages of tutorial and pattern in one convenient printable PDF. Available on Craftsy for just $3.
- Complete How To Paper Piece Tutorial on Sewhooked
- Adding seam allowance to a pattern that doesn’t have it
- Practice Paper Piecing from Quilter’s Cache
- Paper Piecing Tutorial from Such A Sew & Sew
- Christine Thresh’s Paper Piecing Primer
- Paper Panache How To Paper Piece
- Basics on About.com
- Learning to Paper Piece on Artisania
- Sewing More Complex Paper Pieced Patterns on Artisania
- How to Paper Piece video in Italian by Gaya
Designing Your Own Patterns
- Thoughts and suggestions on designing without quilting software with Drawing A Patchy Heart from Sewhooked.
- Quilt Assistant - Free Quilt Design Software, great for designing paper pieced patterns. Read my review of Quilt Assistant here.
- Electric Quilt 7 - for purchase quilt design software
My Original Paper Pieced Patterns
You are welcome to use any pattern or project for personal or charitable use or add links on your own website. If you have any questions, please contact me. ~Jennifer
- My patterns on Craftsy (downloadable PDF patterns) ***recommended for best customer service***
- The Sewhooked Shop, a little bit of everything!
- My Etsy Shop
- Free Quilt Patterns on Sewhooked, includes patterns designed by myself and Guest Designers
- The Project of Doom - A Block of the Week Harry Potter Mystery Quilt (also archived here on Sewhooked and here on Fandom In Stitches.
- Fandom In Stitches - a collection of Fandom patterns designed by myself and the FiS Designers
Free Patterns and Resources From Other Sites
- Free Patterns Around The Web, a compiled list right here on Sewhooked.
Paper Piecing Hints
- Use 100% cotton, good quality quilting fabric.
- Use lightweight paper when printing, as it tears off easier. I like recycled printer paper. You can also try products like Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper
- Almost all Sewhooked patterns have a 1/4″ seam allowance. Most block patterns will finish 5″ (5 1/2″ unfinished).
- For best printing, set PDF printing to “no scaling”
- A Note to International Visitors – The patterns on Sewhooked are formatted for the standard paper size in the United States. U.S. A4, is 8.5″ x 11″ while the ISO A4 is 210 × 297mm or 8.3″ × 11.7″. You might occasionally find that a pattern designed by a U.S. designer such as myself won’t quite fit on a sheet of paper. There are a couple of options to get around this problem. If your printer format allows it, you may also wish to print the pattern over multiple pages. You can use larger paper, ISO A3, for example. If neither of these is an option for you, use “scale to fit” in your PDF options. Please note that if the pattern size is reduced, you will need to add a small border to the block for it to be the proper finished size.
- To enlarge the patterns, I recommend printing, cutting apart the pattern pieces and enlarging them individually,for a 5″ pattern, 200% is 10″, etc.
- All Sewhooked patterns are mirror images. The image will be correct AFTER you piece it.
- Blue lines on older patterns indicate inside seams.
- To make sure your blocks align perfectly, find adjacent corners of two pattern pieces, push a pin through the exact corners of each to match the two. Pin or hold the pieces in place for sewing.
- Colors used on patterns are just a guide for fabric placement, the selection is up to you. You can always print in gray scale.
- Leave the paper attached to the block until you sew it in it’s final place, whether it be a quilt, purse, etc. That will keep the bias edges from stretching.
- These are multi-part patterns. Accuracy is very important. If you’re new to paper piecing, just take your time and practice, practice, practice!
- Suggested uses… quilts (of course!), handbags, banners, pillows, totes… use your imagination!
(c) respective designers as listed on individual patterns, websites, etc.