Who else hates threading needles? It’s probably the task I hate most in my embroidery practice.
Recently, I’ve started pre-threading my embroidery sharps before I start a project and that one, small, change has made my embroidery practice joy increase tenfold!
Keeping Embroidery Needles and Floss Organized with Needle Cases
Before I begin my stitching project, I decide on the floss colors I will be using then I preload needles with each of the colors. When I began this practice, I would keep my preloaded needles in a pincushion, but found that the floss was getting tangled.
Inspired by a project by Rebecca Ringquist, I created a needle case that lies flat instead. That way I can slide all my loaded needles in, side by side, which keeps the tangles to a minimum.
I love foundation paper piecing! I think it is the easiest way to get perfect quilt blocks every time. Unfortunately, the technique is not as straight forward as patchwork and requires us to think a little backward!
Let’s take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique by showing what you need to get started. Soon enough you will be wanting to make everything using this technique!
Note: This looks scary, but I promise it’s easier than it appears. If you can make this block, you’ll graduate to being a Foundation Paper Piecer Extraordinare!
FPP vs. EPP?
Before going any further, I believe people get confused by the difference between Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) and English Paper Piecing (EPP).
Both use some sort of paper to stabilize the designs but there is one huge difference.
If you haven’t, here’s what you need to know. Janet Lutz created the Row by Row Experience® a few years back. Every summer there is a new “experience” with events involving travel, collecting, and shopping – all for quilters!
It’s centered around people traveling during the summer. But with a twist – you’re invited to stop at quilt shops along the way and pick up a fun pattern.
Here is a quick outline on how this summer quilting event works.
1) The Quilt Shops Set Up Row by Row
Quilt shops register to join Row by Row Experience (RxR) and create a fun pattern for a “row” in a quilt.
Each shop creates a unique in-store experience to go with the theme and that’s part of the fun!