Perfect Pieces

Jeanine Twigg

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.

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