FPP in Quarantine

FPP in Quarantine

Posted by Ian Garland on 13th Feb 2023

Sadly, I have COVID again and have had to quarantine. Lucky for me there is a project I have wanted to work on for years. This project involves a lot of FPP and since I have the time to work on them I figured this would be a great time to do so. I have been procrastinating on this project because I have never composed a quilt design on my own and really don’t know where to start. However, that isn’t going to stop me from trying.

Foundation Paper Piecing, also called FPP, is a lot of fun but can really throw your brain for a loop. I always have to think of it like building a block backwards because when you are sewing the block together the paper is on the backside of the block. The great thing about FPP is it can give you designs that you can’t normally get from regular piecing. It can also give you perfect points as well. Another great part about paper piecing is you sew on the lines printed on the paper. Once you get the hang of it and get into a rhythm you can be very productive. I did a tutorial on my YouTube channel if you want to learn about FPP ( Becca also made an FPP tutorial but in her video she used freezer paper ( Which ever way you choose to FPP it is totally up to you.

The project I am working on was inspired by the Sleepy Fox block from 3rd Story Workshop. I took the class by Andrea Tsang Jackson during QuiltCon Together in 2021 and was very inspired by the design and also the color choices I made for it. That set into motion a design I wanted to create for a quilt. I’m not really to spill the beans on what it is going to look like when it’s finished, that will come in time. But that single block has set into motion a full scene that I hope to make with lots of FPP blocks. The task for me to figure out is how to “nest” the blocks together into a scene. It is something I have never done and hope to master in the coming weeks. Don’t worry, I will keep you updated on my progress.