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Qqqqqute! (my hubby's dad joke)

My foundation paper piecing technique is getting more and more refined as I have worked on designing and stitching through my bubbly letter alphabet (get the physical pattern here and the PDF download pattern here). One tip I discovered while stitching Q was that tape and irons don't necessarily go together! Initially, Q was just too large to print the pattern on one page so I printed it on two and then cut it out and taped the pieces together on the front and back of the pattern. Once I got to stitching, I had forgotten all about the tape and didn't see it. It was even hard to get the tape to show in the picture below. Next thing I know, I'm having a hard time pressing as my iron is not moving well! I was going over the tape and it was starting to stick. Thankfully I realized what was going on before I actually had tape stuck to my iron! From then on, I was much more careful to avoid the iron over the tape. Once I got far enough along that fabric covered the tape, it didn't seem to matter anymore. The fabric acted as a buffer between the tape and iron! Next time I'm combining pattern pieces, I'm going to try using a glue stick instead of tape. I'll let you know if it is a better choice. For now tape works great through stitching and removing the paper just not so well with the iron.

I embarked on this massive FPP pattern design project because I was inspired by Veruschka Zarate of Pride and Joy Quilting. I saw her quilted self portrait of her and her boys at QuiltCon this spring and decided to give FPP another try. She is the QUEEN of FPP! She just released a new FPP that is a depiction of Joan of Arc and I absolutely LOVE it.

If you haven't tried FPP or haven't tried it in a while, I would encourage you to try it again. The potential with this technique is limitless and there are soooo many FPP patterns out there! The technique can be mastered with just a little practice. I have outlined the technique here and have posted a lot of video tips about it on instagram.

Happy Quilting!!!


Hi! I'm Jen, a quilt pattern writer, product & fabric designer, mom, and retired nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife. Whether you're new to quilting or making your 100th quilt, you're in the right place. Check out the tutorials, quilt patterns, coloring pages, and featured quilters. 

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