The Free Motion Quilting Project: 53. Foundation Piece a Scrappy Patchwork Mosaic

Thursday, August 29, 2013

53. Foundation Piece a Scrappy Patchwork Mosaic

It's time to foundation piece another lock of hair for Express Your Love. These scrappy sections are coming together piece by piece and I've had so much fun watching the different colors and textures take shape.

Today I'm working on the green section and decided to pull out some techniques from bargello or trip-around-the-world tubular piecing to create scrappy strips of multiple fabrics:

free motion quilting | Leah Day

So the first step to making this is to select your green fabrics and cut three strips all 1.5 inches wide. Seam all the strips together lengthwise, then fold the bottom strip up to the top and seam the last long edge so you form a tube.

After forming the tube, you can then cut 1.5" strips, opening the rings at different places to form random strips of many different fabric arrangements.

Reading this, I know it might sound complicated, but it's really very simple! Let's watch the video so you can see how it works!

When it comes to the actual foundation piecing, you're really just applying strips in a row much like we did for the red hair section. The only difference is now you're starting with pieced strips rather than just plain fabric.

If you like this style of piecing, you should really check out bargello style quilts. I made one wall hanging early in my quilting adventures and found it lots of fun, kind of like putting together an intricate puzzle!

free motion quilting | Leah Day

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

Other Foundation Piecing Posts: 
Prepare Your Foundation 
Red Diagonal Section  
How to Create a Scrappy Mix of Colors 
Orange Triangle Section
Yellow Log Cabin Section  
Green Mosaic Section 
Blue Double Scrappy Section 
Purple Braid Section


  1. Thank you, Leah. I'm a very visual person, and your video made so much more sense to me than all the gobbledygook instructions I've seen for this technique. I've been wanting to try it for some time but NOW I'll actually know what I'm doing. Thanks again.

  2. Hi Leah, Thank you so much for your last newsletter and FMQ and the link to Craftys Broomstick lace course at a discounted rate! Well I sign up and so I am working on a lace shawl or bed throw but I am loving how interesting this pattern is. It will be a while before I race out a purchase yarn to make her jacket pattern though. Julie Beard Adelaide, South Australia.

  3. Hi Leah. I just wanted you to know, although I am more of a visual person, your instructions of how to make the pieced tube and then cut rings so you could decide which part of the ringed pieces to use so they would not be exactly the same as the row before, made perfect sense to me. The only tip I got by watching the video, that I did not get by the written instructions, was to leave the "rings"intact until you decide which fabrics you wanted next to each other. I envisioned just randomly clipping the rings open to strips, but the way you did it by keeping them in rings until you decide makes so much more sense. I loved this technique. Maybe I would like the Bargello style of quilting too. I'll have to check it out. Thanks so much for all you do and share with us. You have a giving heart, and have a wonderful family. Thanks again. I'm so blessed to have found you.


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