Lately I’ve been working on the La Passacaglia quilt from the book Millefiore Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.
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There’s always been quite a debate around whether to thread or glue baste. The very first time I english paper pieced I used thread but for me it’s really time-consuming and takes the fun out of it. So when I started La Passacaglia I gave glue-basting a try and I really prefer it.
- Elmer’s glue stick, or sew line, etc. I’ve been using Elmer’s for my foundation paper piecing as well as EPP with no issues.
- Fabric scraps. I’m using a mini-charm pack of Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe line. Which I love. A lot.
- EPP papers. I printed mine at sewquickly.com
Step 1 – Glue paper to fabric
Put a dime-sized schmear of glue on the paper and center it on the back side of your fabric scrap.
Step 2 – Glue the first fabric edge to the paper
Place a small dot of glue on the first fabric edge and fold it over, pressing hard, to both set the fold and also set the glue. Hold for about 10 seconds. You can do the next part while still holding.
Step 3 – Glue the fold
I find it works best to glue the folded fabric where I’m about to fold over my next corner.
Step 4 – Glue and fold over corner
Next, put a dab of glue on the fabric where the fold will overlap.
Step 5 – Fold over the corner
Sorry, this photo is a couple of steps ahead, but you can see I’ve folded over the corners and they’re holding nicely.
Step 6 – Continue gluing and folding
Glue and fold the rest of the corners around the paper shape, until you get to the last one.
Step 7 – The last fold
On the last fold, just tuck under the fabric so that it’s tight. I used to reverse the natural flow of the fold to be consistent with the other folds, but that’s just an unnecessary step. Put a little dab of glue on the overhanging fold fabric and stick it down. You’re done!