There’s No Place Like Home: Precision, Hybrid Piecing

There’s No Place Like Home: Precision, Hybrid Piecing


Advanced Beginner/Intermediate


The classic schoolhouse block is easy to master if you use the right techniques! We will use a combination of strip piecing and foundation paper piecing (“FPP”) to create this versatile block in a large 12 inch size that can be used in a wide variety applications from throw pillows, to table runners to full-sized cuddly quilts. Focused on the techniques needed to construct this multi-part block, you will leave this class loving the “no-tear” paper foundation method that gives all the precision of conventional FPP without the time and mess of removing the foundations at the end. With the fall and winter holidays on the horizon, level-up your skills and adorn your space with this timeless motif, redolent with the comforts of home.


Materials needed:

1) This is a fabric-thrifty technique which can yield two 12” blocks from two fat quarters.  For class, four fat quarters or two half yards of fabric will be enough to get you started. Additional fabric will be needed to complete a larger project. Each block uses only two colors, so choose a “foreground” and a “background” color.

2) One Sewline Fabric Glue Pen (available at Stitchology). This particular pen is essential to success in the foundation piecing technique you will be learning.  Regular glue sticks are not suitable.


Tools required:

1) 45mm rotary cutter with new blade

2) One 24” long (approx.) acrylic rule for use with rotary cutter. This is the “standard” length of ruler that you most likely have already.

3) One smaller ruler that will be used to trim foundation pieces. (I like a 2 1/2" by 8” ruler, for example)

3) Seam ripper (just in case)


Optional tools: (These will be available to use in class, but if you have your own favorites, feel free to bring them.)

1) Pins

2) Cutting mat (Due to space concerns, please bring a smaller mat, such as a  12” x 18” or 18" x 24”.)


Sewing machines are available for students to use in class, but you may bring yours if your prefer. If you are bringing your own, please be sure to also bring:

1) The 1/4” foot you normally use

2) Extra needles for piecing (just in case)

3) Your preferred thread for piecing

4) Thread snips

  • Details