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How can I convert a foundation-pieced block for traditional quiltmaking techniques?

  • I love to hand piece yet I've noticed that many of the kits, including the new Summer Lily [quilt], seem to show how to only make the quilt using strip piecing methods. Can you tell me a way to easily covert that to hand piecing. Thanks!

    Submitted by
    Tina, Champaign, IL

Jinny's Answer

  • As you probably know, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool hand-sewer.  However, there's no question that many quilters absolutely love the speed of strip piecing and the accuracy in foundation piecing. So I design many quilts that take advantage of those techniques.

    Fortunately, it's not difficult to convert one of these patterns to traditional quiltmaking approaches.  In general, you need to:

        * trace each patch
        * add 1/4-inch seam allowances to all sides
        * mark the appropriate information on the templates

    For detailed information and diagrams, see the lesson here.