Hello Patch workers I am taking a break from the City and Guilds blogs for this one as we went on a little camping break last week. This blog is to present another idea for sewing on the move. Like many mums I spend time sitting around waiting on the little darlings as they swim, gym or whatever the activity of the moment seems to be. I love to hand sew and have done most techniques while sat at the side of a pool during a swimming lesson. Last week I decided to start my summer project for such moments (although swimming lessons are but a distant memory now) So I present to you….Foundation piecing! Did I hear you groan? Is that tumble weed I see rolling along? Now stop and let me show you because it really is very easy and ideal for carrying around and doing when the moment presents itself. This is my travel kit, I forgot my thimbles tut tut.

I used a foundation by the yard panel which I have recently got in the shop. It gives you 12 ten inch pineapple blocks plus all the instructions and even a little label for you to put on when you are finished. However there is nothing stopping you drawing out your own squares onto some calico.

Start by chopping out all the blocks from the panel. Decide which fabrics you are going to use, traditionally this has been a light and dark fabric. Pineapple is really just a fancy log cabin. I decided to use plain Kona fabrics with white as the background colour, there are loads of different colour layouts a quick trip to Pinterest will give you some ideas.

Cut a selection of one and three quarter inch strips.

Cut out a 2.5 inch square which is for the middle onto the right side of the panel (the side without the print on) hold up to the light to check that all the printed lines are covered.

As you can see the printed block is numbered, this is really patchwork by numbers no thinking required. So number one is your centre square which as you can see is pinned into place.

Next line up a strip of fabric to number two (this row for me was the white background fabric) and eyeball how much you need and trim off the strip.

Place this strip on the right side of the fabric and pin along the seam line so that you can check you have a big enough seam. Flip it up and check that the fabric is big enough to cover and leave a little seam allowance over the number two section.


Once you are happy pin on the right side so that the strip is held in place and remove the seam line pin.


I will admit I may have gone a bit over board with the whole pinning thing but in the absence of an iron it helps keep things flat and in place, plus it ensures there is enough fabric to cover the area required. Stitch along the line numbered 2.

Flip up this little rectangle, finger press and pin in place make sure the seam is nice and flat.

Follow these instructions with 3,4 and 5 and you will have completed your first round.

The second round is much the same, just a little trimming required. Fold the foundation fabric on the line marked 6.

As you see you have excess fabric so trim up leaving your desired seam allowance, I aim for a quarter of an inch.

Cut and pin as before.

And stitch into place.

Continue until the whole block is complete. For the corners cut four inch squares and cut in half to make the triangles. Pin and stitch. Block done.

This was made by the above method and pressed with an iron when complete. It needs to be trimmed but I will do that when the other eleven are complete. Hopefully by the end of the summer holidays I will have a finished top to show you. So what do you think? An alternative to EPP for those holiday sewing projects?

Oh yes and a photo of me sewing in a field! I apologise as a super model I aint 🙂

Happy Patchwork Dreams