Align the fabric for Piece #3 with this just-trimmed edge. Be sure to place the right sides facing each other. Fig. 9 Pin in place. Turn the foundation unit over so the foundation fabric is facing up and stitch on the line to add Fabric Piece #3.
General Foundation Piecing Directions
It is best to work in a comfortable, convenient environment so I suggest that you set up your work area to be just that. I have my sewing machine on the right end of my table with a small cutting mat to the left and then on the far left, I have a small ironing mat. You will find what works best for you with a little experimenting and rearranging. Because as you add each piece, you need to press and trim, it saves lots of time to have it in a convenient layout.
Cut out the foundation pieces. Cut enough fabric for just one block to begin with so that you can be sure that you like it when its done. We recommend a good spray starch applied to the block before you start stitching on it. It helps stiffen the foundation fabric while you are making it. Once you have starched it, if the block you are making has separate sections (i.e. Part A, B, etc.), cut them apart.
Begin by placing the fabric for piece #1 with the wrong side up. Set the foundation fabric block on top of the piece #1 fabric, making sure the fabric extends beyond the lines on all sides. The foundation fabric should be right side up (the writing is the right way on the side from which you work and ends up being the backside of the finished block). Align the stitching line between piece #1 and #2 approximately 1/4" in from the edge of the piece #1 fabric. Fig 1 Use a pin, if necessary, to hold in place and then flip the unit over so the fabric for piece #1 is right side up and on the top. Align the fabric for piece #2 even with the edge of piece #1. Fig 2 Flip back over so the foundation fabric is back on the top and stitch on the line between piece #1 and #2. Fig 3Because the EZPiecing Foundation Fabric is so shear, you will be able to see through it to make sure your fabrics are laying properly before you begin to sew.
Take the unit to the ironing board and press to set the stitches and then flip piece #2 open and press again. Make sure it extends beyond the lines on all sides. Fig. 4
Take the unit to the cutting mat; with the foundation fabric on the top, align a straight edge along the line between Space #1 (or #2) and Space #3. Fig 5 Fold the foundation fabric only back over the straight edge. Fig 6 Trim the fabric of piece #1 (or #2) to 1/4" beyond this fold. (I use the "Add-a-quarter" ruler for this -- its a must!)Fig. 7 & 8
If the block you are making has two or more parts, complete each part and trim. Join them in the order as directed in the instructions.
Begin by matching the corners and seams.
Stitch on the solid line.
After stitching, press to set the stitches and then open the seam and press on the back side. Turn and press gently on the front.
Follow the above instructions to complete the block if there are more Parts.
Continue stitching, pressing and trimming until the entire Block (or Part) is covered. Trim the Block (or Part) with a 1/4" seam allowance by aligning the 1/4" mark on the ruler with the solid line on the outside.