Pervalong – preparing your foundation papers

Fracture is foundation pieced using paper templates, but don’t panic! The templates are very simple with only three or four sections each, and if you make a mistake you can just add another piece of fabric until you have covered the whole shape. It’s the reduced-swearing version of paper piecing. If you are new to foundation piecing then there are lots of tutorials available on the interwebs, like this fab one from Katy.

The quilt is constructed using large and small squares and rectangles. To make a quilt the same size as the original (36 inches square) you will need to cut the following:
If you want to make your quilt bigger (or smaller) then simply adjust the paper sizes accordingly. As long as the proportions are the same then the bits will all fit together just fine.

Each template is divided into three or four sections in a pattern that radiates from the centre of the quilt. I have included suggested sewing lines on the diagram, but these are not set in stone. Feel free to change them however you like, or not. It’s entirely up to you. 

Label your paper pieces as shown in the layout below and draw the stitching lines with a pencil and ruler. If the idea of drawing all the lines now is giving you hives, then by all means wait until you are ready to piece that section. I do recommend labeling the pieces at this point though. You can store each section in labeled envelopes: blocks A – D, border 1 (14 rectangles) and border 2 (20 large squares).
That’s it for this week. Next week we start piecing! I’m loving the colour schemes that have been popping up in the flickr pool – there are going to be some gorgeous quilts!

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