Jane A. Stickle Quilt top row triangle 2

I’m happy I decided to do some triangles in between rows because they can be tiring.

This one is not particularly difficult and it only has 20 pieces.

This is a good block to try paper piecing out if you haven’t done any paper piecing before.

In the blue fabric, cut two pieces each:

  • 1 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in;
  • 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 in;
  • 1 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in;
  • 1 1/4 in x 2 in;

And one 6 1/2 in x 3 in and one 2 1/2 x 2 1/4in.

In white two pieces of each:

  • 1 3/4 in x 3 1/2in;
  • 1 1/2 x 3 in;
  • 1 1/4 in x 2 1/4in;
  • 1 1/4in x 2 in;
  • 3/4 in x 9 in

The only advice I have on this block is to make sure the pieces are large enough to cover the whole area. With pieces positioned on an angle I have found in the past that it is easy to miscalculate the length to cut.

It is hard to think that from such a messy stitching process you can obtain such a neat block at the end.

Trim excess fabric from the side in the middle.

Add the middle piece.

Trim again on the other side.

Do the other side and trim off excess fabric on both sides.

Almost there.

This time I decided to stitch the fabric to the single paper triangle to make it easier to attach to the other pieces.

Trim off fabric.

Sew to the other piece and done.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Virtual quilt

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners

Since I started doing my Dear Jane quilt using foundation paper piecing, I have been saying how easy paper piecing is and how perfect blocks turn out.

It may be a bit tricky to understand at first, that is why this tutorial uses solid fabrics. This makes it even easier. Judge by yourself and let me know what you think.

The video lasts for 3.45 minutes. It is short and sweet.

If you want to try foundation paper piecing, download the Chevron block pattern (pdf) and print it on plain printer paper. The pattern has two pieces which are mirror of each other.

To help you with measurements, for the two sides of the block, I cut:

  • Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
  • Area  4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
  • Area  2: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in charcoal
  • Area 3: Two 2 inch x 7 1/2 inch strip in beige

I made two full blocks with the intention of doing something with them though I still haven’t decided what I will make.

I haven’t decided on the placement either. Which one do you prefer?

Download Chevron block pattern (pdf)

Placement 1

Placement 2

Placement 3

Placement 4

Jane A. Stickle Quilt top right corner triangle

This is the first corner triangle I make and it felt like a mini quilt in its own right!

It is not difficult to make but it is time consuming. There are lots of small triangles and other pieces (44) and to top it all 2 appliqued stars with 5 points each!

 

So far so good, straight forward paper piecing to start.

Putting the square together is another story.

 

 

This is the back and the seam are in funny places. That’s why the centre square is not attached yet.

 

 

I had no idea how to tackle this so I decided to reverse applique the square.

 

 

It was tricky to applique because there are lots of bulky seams around the edge.

 

Now the fun continues.  The star has very pointy ends, 5 of them!

 

Not great but I can live with it.

 

I removed the freezer paper.

 

 

 

Adding the triangle end of this block posed another challenge. I had no idea how to do this.

What I did was to cut 2 strips of fabric larger than the pattern.

 

Then I stitched one side.

 

 

 

Then the other which overlaps.

 

Then I used the pattern to trim off the excess fabric.

 

For the corner I cut a rough piece of fabric and stitched.

 

I used the pattern to draw the corner.

 

I did this because when adding an appliqued piece the background fabric may shrink a bit.

 

I placed the start as I could. It is not exactly as in the picture. I’m hoping it is the right size.

 

 

 

 

After I stitched the start, I trimmed the triangle.

Where to get the Jane A. Stickle Quilt patterns

Susan Gatewood’s paper foundation . All patterns are free though Susan says “I only ask that you consider making a donation to the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, Vermont. And if you do, it would make me tremendously happy if you would tell them that you have received help from me.” I totally recommend Susan’s patterns as they are very easy to use.

Dear Jane progress

See all blocks I’ve done together in a larger size.

TeresaDownUnder

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