Foundation piecing

Made a little house using foundation piecing. I’ve made one small quilt in the past using the foundation piecing method. It was a kit that I bought from a quilt shop. It was about the second or third quilt I ever made. The kit supplied a paper foundation and I found it a real pain getting all the paper off the back of the quilt when it was finished. I lost interest very quickly in the method.

It has turned up as a technique now in the C&G course. The notes suggested using Stitch and Tear as the foundation. The haberdashers in Frankfurt sold it, so I bought some in the week after work and gave it a whirl yesterday on the little house block. It is a vast improvement over paper. Not only is it easier to remove, but it isn’t a major disaster if little bits get left behind as it’s like interfacing.

Here’s the little house. The pattern is printed in the corner of an A4 sheet of paper and I made a one to one sized block, so you can see it’s quite small.

And here’s just the house. I decided to piece the chimney instead of appliquéing it and then realised you had to be pretty accurate with the placement if you didn’t want a drunken chimney! Solved that problem by tracing the sewing line onto the piece to be attached and lining it up with the line on the foundation.

The little house reminds me of a great game I had as a kid. It was called “Build or Bust”. It consisted of various wooden blocks and a pack of cards on which were printed pictures of the blocks. Each player had to build a series of house that grew in size. The first to build the biggest one won. Each player collected building pieces by turning over a card and collecting the piece shown on it. When you had all pieces for a house you shouted build and started building while the others continued to turn over cards and collect pieces. Some of the cards had a bust picture on them – a picture of a falling down house. If this card was turned over while you were building you had to go back to the smaller sized house and return all your extra pieces to the pile. This little pieced house would have been a middle sized house in terms of building complexity in the game. I wonder if the game is still produced now? It certainly provided hours of fun in my childhood.

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