To say “thank you” just seems a bit inadequate for all the help that the girls in the office at MyDearFIL’s care home have given us. So I thought I’d make something as a thank you. One of the three is a quilter, but with the others not, I decided something practical might be the thing. Thinking time later……mug rugs!
To make them quick and easy I decided to use foundation piecing, and thought I’d show you how I do it, courtesy of a class with Judy Mathieson in New Zealand way back In 2003!
Judy advocates using freezer paper and has a specific sewing method. I started by drawing up some 5″ blocks on graph paper…..
then on the paper side of the freezer paper, traced out one of the designs….
worked out how many fabrics were required, and without any thread in the machine, stitched along all the drawn lines, making perforations……
and chose some fabrics from my scrap bin – yay! using up scraps!!
Lay the first scrap, wrong side to the shiny side of the freezer paper, and press with a dry iron, no steam please!…..
Oops! Forgot to number the block in its sewing sequence!
(This is the shiny side…..
….work from the paper side.)
Peel the freezer paper away from the fabric, folding on the perforation between 1 and 2….
Turn the piece and line up the quarter inch line of the ruler against the freezer paper edge….
Get the second piece of fabric ready (press and if required, trim to at least 1″ bigger than the section)…..
Place the fabrics right sides together….
and stitch beside the freezer paper edge, starting before and finishing after the section lines
Open out the second piece of fabric, and the freezer paper and press…..
Now for piece 3. Peel the freezer paper back to the perforation between section 2 and 3….
turn and line the ruler up at the quarter inch mark….
Get piece 3 ready….
place right sides together….
and stitch beside the freezer paper…..
Open out the fabric….
and the freezer paper, and press…..
One more time?
Peel back the freezer paper….
to the perforation….
Turn and line the ruler up at a quarter inch and trim….
Ready the next piece…..
place right sides together and stitch beside the freezer paper.
To centre a design or check if a scrap is big enough, pin along the sewing line and hold up to the light, making sure the scrap fits
Before you know it, it’s done!
Hmmm….looks a bit messy…..
One more step; peel the freezer paper back to the outer line….
turn and line up the quarter inch line with the edge of the freezer paper…..
Repeat to clean up all four sides
Carefully, and slowly peel the block from the freezer paper
And there we have it….one foundation block
The beauty of Judy’s method is that there’s no tearing away of paper, no little pesky bits of paper of try to remove; it’s a neat, clean, effective, accurate way of foundation piecing. Plus, each piece of freezer paper can be used the or four times (until the “sticky” is no longer sticky!), when making multiple blocks.
Phew, that was a long post. Back tomorrow to finish off the mug rugs!