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Foundation Paper Piecing: From Absolute Beginner to Complex Pattern Champion

Foundation paper piecing is a technique used in quilting to create complex designs with simple straight-line sewing. With the use of a paper “foundation”, fabrics are pieced into blocks or more intricate units that are used in larger compositions. In this class we will learn the basics while we create a simple block, a pieced unit, and work toward a more advanced design such as the Aurifil Color Builders endangered species patterns.


  • Add-a-Quarter Ruler – this is the one must have tool for the FPP technique
  • Sewing machine, cord, pedal, and open toe foot so that you can clearly see where needle meets fabric
  • Piecing thread – 50-, 60-, or 80-weight thread
  • Rotary cutter and small cutting mat
  • Scissors  -- one for fabric, one for paper, and thread snips if desired
  • Quilting rulers with clearly marked ¼” markings for trimming pieces – 6 or 12” long
  • Pins
  • Pen or pencil for adding notes to pattern pieces
  • Small travel iron and pressing mat
  • Seam ripper – just in case
  • Fabric scraps – five or six solids or prints that you love with a variety of values. We are creating learning blocks, so any fabric will do.


  • Aurifil Color Builders -- If you are participating in the color builders thread club, please print all pages of one of the monthly pattern designs. If possible, print the pattern pieces on foundation paper such as Carol Doak Foundation Paper or newsprint. You can bring scrap fabric to learn with, or the fabrics or your choice for completing the individual blocks.
  • Fabric glue that you are comfortable using
  • Tweezers for removing small bits of paper

 Materials included: Practice blocks for simple and multi-unit designs

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Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Foundation Paper Piecing
Instructor: Nikki Woolsey
Instructor Bio: Joining the generations of quilters before her, Nikki enjoys creating through a modern design lens and with the power of technology. Her love of paper piecing extends from tiny 1" blocks to full size bed quilts. She believes that there is no idea that cannot be pieced! Her current work is in pattern design software as she learns how to translate pattern ideas to printouts. Nikki is an active member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild.

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