Foundation Paper Piecing (not the same thing as English Paper Piecing!) is when you sew your fabric directly on to a ‘foundation’ that has a guide printed on it that shows you were to sew.
A foundation can also be another fabric if a pattern is printed on it but traditionally foundation paper piecing involves – you guessed it – paper.
Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) involves sewing patches on to the foundation in a specific order so that you are always sewing along a straight line.
When the patches are all together they can make anything from an animal to a start to mini flying geese!
- I keep a stash of mini FPP patterns beside my sewing table to use up scraps and then use those mini blocks in quilts, pouches and keychains.
- I make single quilt blocks as part of larger sampler quilts or as an easier way of making traditional quilt blocks.