It’s week 3!! Thanks so much for sharing your progress! It’s been fun to see your quilts coming along from a planned coloring page to cut strips (and some of you are just SO ORGANIZED!! If you’re brand new here, it’s not too late to join in! We’re just about to start stitching, so sign up and get glitching!
This week, we’re foundation paper piecing our thick strip sets!
How to Quilt Along
Share your progress on Instagram using #glitchalong. That’s where you’ll find the weekly photo prompts, livestreams, and more! Sign up here to be eligible for prizes, and get the weekly emails with tips for the coming week’s fun.
Week 1: Pick your fabric, get your pattern, print your foundations, plan your coloring sheet
Week 2: Cut
Week 3: Make Thick Strip Sets
Week 4: Make Block 1s
Week 5: Make Thin Strip Sets
Week 6: Make Block 2s
Week 7: Make Blocks 3s & 4s
Week 8: Sew blocks into pairs
Week 9: Sew pairs into quadrants
Week 10: Finish quilt top
Tips for FPP success
FPP is awesome because the papers take care of the accuracy. That said, there can be some hiccups with this technique. Here are 9 tips for success:
Before you stitch:
- Mark the color for each foundation piece directly on the paper.
- Pre-fold your papers along the stitch lines.
- Don’t leave a lot of extra space on your papers beyond the seam allowances.
- Use lots of pins to prevent your fabric from shifting around.
- Decrease your stitch length. 1.7 works well on my Janome. This will make it easier to pull out your papers when you’re done.
While you stitch:
- Backstitch inside the seam allowance area to keep your stitches from coming undone when you pull out papers.
- Stitch directly on the line.
- Press each seam after stitching.
- Trim excess fabric AFTER you’ve pressed the fabric open.
When you’re done, cut the triangle units apart and stitch on the little corner strips, using scraps left over from the end of your strips. Leave the papers on for now; we’ll use them to help line up the two halves of the block next week.
Remember to share your progress on Instagram using #glitchalong
This week’s prize is the pattern of your choice sponsored by Krista Moser!
Krista Moser is the creative force and inspiration behind Krista Moser, The Quilted Life. She has published fifteen of her own patterns since 2016, designed the 60-Degree Diamond Ruler for Creative Grids and created five patterns for Cut Loose Press, with more in the pipeline. Her patterns are carried by Checkers Distributing, EE Schenck, Brewer Sewing and Quilting, United Notions Inc., and P-A Distributing. In addition to her pattern line, she runs a full-time business as a custom long arm quilter.
A quilting and fiber arts enthusiast, she started sewing at 8 years old. She began her professional sewing and machine quilting career at the spunky age of fourteen, adding the texture and dimension machine quilting brings to every project.
She has been teaching sewing and quilting lessons for more than twenty years. Her work has been featured in quilting magazines, published in books, and hung in prominent quilt shops around the country.
Win any pattern of your choice from Krista’s shop! Fresh and approachable with a bit of a modern look, these patterns are fun! If you want to break away from squares and rectangles, you’re in luck, cause diamonds are a quilter’s best friend 🙂 Krista’s patterns are beautifully illustrated, with step-by-step instructions that are explicit, clear, and concise, making the blocks go together with ease.
And if you find a pattern that you just LOVE, Krista is offering free US shipping all week! No minimum, use code: BUMBLEBEE
Head over to today’s Instagram post for the details!