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with Elizabeth Dackson
Online Class

Start Foundation Paper Piecing

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Don't just admire complex quilts with sharp, perfect points — create your own! Find out how to do foundation paper piecing with seven free block patterns and step-by-step guidance from author Elizabeth Dackson. Create beautiful blocks as Elizabeth shares easy-to-follow techniques for planning your projects, cutting fabric and getting started with paper foundations. Discover how warm and cool colors help to accentuate precise piecing, and find out how to properly place your fabric before stitching. Elizabeth will demystify stitch length, irregular foundations, directional prints and pictorial blocks, sharing expert tips for impeccable results. You’ll be delighted how quickly you master the basics and breeze into stunning showpieces!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h52m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet longtime quilter Elizabeth Dackson and learn about the techniques covered in your class. Elizabeth explains the difference between foundation paper piecing and English paper piecing and discusses the kinds of paper you can use.

2. Planning Your Block

2. Planning Your Block

Understanding how foundations work is key with paper piecing. It can be very confusing! But Elizabeth will walk you through the process step by step. Then play with fabrics and colors to plan out your blocks. Learn which types of solids, prints and color combinations will work best to show off your piecing. You'll cut and organize your fabric using the provided cut list, or make your own list with Elizabeth's handy tips.

3. Sunray Block

3. Sunray Block

Get started paper piecing with Elizabeth's fun and friendly Sunray block. Elizabeth discusses the stitch lengths you'll need to use, then demonstrates how to position your fabric pieces under your paper template using a sunny window, lamp or light box. Sew them together on the lines and you're on your way! Complete the block with Elizabeth's guidance and see how to get your seams and points lined up perfectly.