Lately I have taken an interest in foundation piecing. For those who don’t know, foundation piecing is sewing fabrics onto a template that is made from cloth, interfacing, or paper. There are quilt blocks which are built using foundation piecing priniples. One of my favorite ones is the Harry Potter quilt along that is going on now at Fandominstitches.com .
I love using this technique because it controls the precision of my sewing. There are lines to follow when I stitch the blocks and the cutting lines are right there attached to the fabric.
At the shop there has been a surge in foundation piecing. Not for quilts but in the Mondo and Midi bags! The Mondo bag is huge. Easily enough room to pack for a weekend away, or use as a beach bag. The Midi bag is smaller. It is a great size for knitting projects or as a purse.
These bags are great for using jelly rolls, charm packs, or fat quarters to create a unified look.
The bags are made by cutting 2 1/2″ blocks and laying them out on fusible interfacing. Then once they are laid out as you like, fuse them down. Follow the lines on the interfacing to sew them together and then just follow the direction sheet to finish the bag. You can add pockets and a key strap to the bag to customize it.
Woolstock also offers classes if you would like to make these bags with friends. In the class we show how to add a zippered pocket inside and discuss adding a monogram.
Here are examples that we made-