Foundation piecing is easy thanks to precision digitizing. Each seamline is stitched with fabric underneath to eliminate traditional paper piecing stitching and flipping on the sewing machine. Step-by-step instructions are available in the Fall 2007 Quilting & Embroidery special issue. See "Perfect Pieces" on pages 10 to 14, and try the technique yourself with this quick-to-stitch bag.
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- The Box Bag pattern from Square Rose
- Fabric and notions according to pattern envelope
- Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
- Two 3 1/2" pieced blocks
- 1 1/8”-diameter ring for closure
- Create two blocks following the digitizer’s directions.
- Cut eight 1 1/2" x 5" strips of the base fabric to finish the block edges.
- Sew one strip to each side of both blocks. Trim excess fabric as needed.
- Place the pattern over the block and trim to size.
- Use the blocks in the construction of the handbag.
- Construct the handbag following the pattern guidesheet.
- Use a friendship disk found at a local jewelry or bead shop as the handbag closure. Slip the disk over the straps and tie the straps together in a square knot for use as the handle.
Heart block from Embroidery Machine Essentials: Piecing Techniques, published by Krause Publications.