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Demystifying Design for Foundation Paper Piecing with Dana Jones

Extreme angles, sharp points, precision piecing, easy patch cutting, one-of-a-kind images and more are all possible with paper piecing. In this design class, you’ll learn how to create foundations for everything from traditional blocks to pictorial quilts. We’ll start with foundation design for traditional blocks to more complex blocks. We’ll meet the Paper Police whose rules make FPP design possible. Then you’ll design your own block. Next you’ll learn a few more Paper Police rules before designing a simple pictorial quilt working from a photo or drawing you bring to class. Whether you’re new to paper piecing or an experienced paper piecer, this class is for you! Skills taught in the class will include:


  • Determining the number of foundations needed.
  • Numbering foundations for piecing order.
  • Labeling foundations and marking them for joining to other foundations.
  • Making templates for cutting patches for on-grain piecing and efficient use of fabric.
  • Making curves with straight lines.


This is a technique class but you will take home log-cabin and kite blocks, foundations for several more blocks, and a design for a quilt that is uniquely yours. For more information on Dana and her work, please visit her website at

This class will be taught in two half day sessions, two weeks apart, allowing you time to practice your new techniques and work on your design outside of class.

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Skill Level:
Skill Details:
Confident Beginners and up should do well in this class.
Must bring a sewing machine in good working condition that you know how to operate.
Instructor Name:
Dana Jones
Instructor Bio:
Dana E. Jones is an artist, quiltmaker, speaker and teacher and is a published author and designer; having articles, quilt patterns and block designs in numerous well known quilting publications. She is author of Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, which shares the story of quiltmaking on a 13-acre island in the central Philippines. Dana is a former editor of Quilters Newsletter magazine and the Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal. Her quilts have been exhibited at Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and as part of the 2018 American Quilt Study Group traveling exhibition. She lives at 9,200 feet in the Rocky Mountains in Gilpin County, Colorado, northwest of Denver.

Demystifying Design for Foundation Paper Piecing with Dana Jones

$ 75.00
Additional $20.00 kit fee required day of class
Sat, May 20, 2023 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sat, Jun 3, 2023 at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
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