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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cancel my order?jennyf
You can cancel your order as long as it hasn't yet shipped by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (618) 664-2139 and leaving us a message with your order information.
Why does it take so many blocks to make a quilt top?jennyf
When we piece the blocks for a quilt top, we set all the blocks directly together, without any sashing, and usually with smaller borders. This means that we have to have enough blocks side by side to make the top in the desired size. Usually, this means quite a lot of blocks, especially in the larger quilts (56 for a queen size). You can make this number smaller by adding sashing and larger borders.
When do I remove the foundation in the piecing process?jennyf
We usually remove the foundation after piecing the complete quilt top, or until it gets too stiff or bulky to work with comfortably. If this occurs, we start in the middle and remove the foundation to within 3-4 inches of the edge. This keeps us from stretching the blocks as we add more.
If a block has units, in the case of the Gum Leaf or Mariner's Compass, we piece the units together, tearing out the foundations in the seam allowances only, until the quilt top is completely together. This lets the seams to lay flatter, without the added bulk of the foundation. We don't remove the final 3-4 inches of foundation around the outer edge until after the border is added.
What size stitch length do you use?jennyf
We use a stitch length of 1.5 to 1.8, or 18 to 20 stitches to the inch. This allows for a much easier time tearing out the foundation, and doesn't distort your seams in the process.
How well does the Stable Piecing foundation tear out?jennyf
It tears out very easily, and doesn't distort your seams when tearing. We use a stitch length of 1.5 to 1.8, or 18 to 20 stitches to the inch. This perforates the foundation more often, allowing it to tear much easier than a longer stitch length.
Do I really need the companion pattern?jennyf
If you really like doing the math, figuring out cutting directions to get your bias edges on the inside, and measuring and figuring out every aspect of the block, then the pattern probably is not for you. However, if you like sitting down and getting right to the fun stuff of cutting the fabric and piecing, then the pattern takes all of the rest of the "figuring it out" out of the equation so you can get to doing what you love!
We recommend the pattern because it includes the cutting templates and efficient cutting directions, piecing directions, and tips and tricks we've learned along the way about piecing this block on this foundation. Also, if you're a beginning piecer with little to no experience with foundation piecing, we would especially recommend the pattern.
Can I use the Stable Piecing patterns to make my own blocks without the foundation?jennyf
No, these patterns were not designed to be standalone patterns. Therefore, each pattern is written as a companion to the corresponding Stable Piecing block, with cutting directions to make the most efficient use of your fabric, have most to all of your pieces' bias edges on the inside of the finished block, and tips and tricks for easier piecing on the foundation.
Do you sell blank Stable Piecing sheets to print on in home printers?jennyf
No, we do not. A huge part of our product is our piecing and size accuracy because every block is printed straight from the original file.
We also use special printers and ink to print our material that can take the wear and tear this fibrous material puts it through. Domestic printers cannot withstand this process and will quickly wear down and break - we went through several to find the commercial printers that we use now!