Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Academy of Quilting - Ripless Paper Piecing

 Ripless Paper Piecing online workshop at the Academy of Quilting starts on August 22

You may already have some experience with paper piecing, sometimes called foundation piecing since the usual way is to sew onto a foundation. This class will show you how you can achieve the accuracy that paper piecing gives without some of the extra steps. The steps you WILL NOT do are:
·create one foundation for every block you sew
·sew with a very small stitch length that is extremely difficult to rip out if you make a sewing mistake
·spend time removing the foundation from your blocks
·fill your recycling bin or garbage with the foundation removed from your blocks

I like to think of this method as the Green Alternative. I have made many paper pieced blocks and quilts. I shudder to think of all the paper I threw in the garbage over the last 25 years. At least in the last few years, it has gone to be recycled, but it still makes me feel wasteful!

A step that can cause difficulties when paper piecing is having the right sized piece of fabric to cover a section of your block. I will show you how to avoid this problem with some prepration steps.
In this class, you will learn how to
·select fabrics in a range of values in two color families; a very complete discussion of 'value' is included in this class.
·download a foundation piecing block
·set up your machine for ripless foundation piecing
·sew your blocks and add borders
·audition and test quilting designs before quilting and binding.

Along with the main project (pictured above) I have added a 'BONUS' project to the class. This Ripless Star Table Runner will be a great addition to your table.

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