The day I learned about foundation piecing was a great day in my wall hanging career. The book that taught me was Precision Pieced Quilts Using the Foundation Method by Jane Hall & Dixie Haywood. The technique solved some problems I encountered while trying to piece and quilt knitted fabric.
You place your patches onto a piece of fabric called the foundation fabric, which you won’t be able to see in the finished quilt. I try to use fabrics that have been around the house for a while, clearly attracting no one’s interest. In the case of this Halloween themed fabric, “a while” means at least eight years.
To help me orient the patches on the fabric, I ironed creases in the fabric at halfway points. The pattern poster was also folded at the same points. As I placed the first flower and leaf patches on the fabric, I lined up the folds.
The edges of the patches are snugged right up next to each other—no overlap.
This is a fun job for a jigsaw puzzle lover (me). Thank goodness for the second poster, though. Like a puzzle box lid, I had to consult the poster several times to figure out how a certain petal fit, even though the they were numbered.
The poster pattern plan worked well!
I took the paper patterns off, and pinned the knitted patches onto the foundation fabric.
I zig-zag stitched the patches together, with a zig in one patch and the zag in the patch next to it. At the same time, the zig-zag stitches sewed the pieces to the foundation.