• Fran Dill

Who Knew

If someone told me a few years ago that I would love doing foundation paper piecing I would have laughed and told them I would rather go to the dentist!

Well fast forward to a few weeks ago. I was watching Lori Holt's Youtube channel and she was showing her two new foundation papers, Economy Block and Sparkle Stars. She really made it look so easy so I thought what the heck, I will give them a try. I started with the Sparkle Stars because it looked easy.

Lori gives you the exact sizes to cut your squares and also shows you with this particular block you can chain piece, which makes it so much faster to make.

I did the opposite of the cover, I used a solid in the bigger block and scrappy pieces for my stars.

I also figured out using the right tools for this is so important. When sewing with foundation paper, you have your fabric on one side of the paper and you actually sew on the other side. You then have to fold your paperback and trim a quarter inch away from your sew line.

This Add a Quarter Inch Ruler has a lip a quarter inch in, giving me the exact 1/4" I need to trim from the sew line. It also keeps it snug so you don't have any slippage.

Are there several Add a Quarter Rulers on the market yes, do I have most of them yes!

But here is why I recommend It's Sew Emma's Add A Quarter Ruler.

When trimming you have room to safely place your fingers, the other Add A Quarter Rulers do not have enough room to keep your fingers safe. They are basically used to draw a line.

These blocks were so fun to do, I have them all finished and on my design board in no time.

I didn't even have the rows sewn together before I had the itch to try Lori's Economy Block.

Oh boy, this one was fun too! Before I knew it I was busy making more Economy Blocks.

My husband came into my sewing room and said, Are you starting a new quilt? You haven't sewn the other one together yet! I said I am just playing, Of course, I am going to sew the other one together.

About a day later I took my Sparkle Star Blocks off my design wall and this is the current state of my design wall this morning.

I decided to use Lori's Bee Backgrounds for the center blocks and sashing, I just love how this is turning out!

I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something that I had in my head I didn't like. I really surprised myself and now I can't wait to try the other foundation papers by Its Sew Emma.

I have ordered more of these foundation papers and the Add A Quarter Inch Ruler in both the 12" and 6". Due to the severe weather in Dallas, my order has been delayed. I should have them by Tuesday.

I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, it just might surprise you!

Stay safe and sew on!

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