Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners: whirlwind block

Last week I posted a video on foundation piecing for beginners using solid fabrics.

I wasn’t totally satisfied with it so this week I’ve gone for an even easier block.

The whirlwind block is 9 1/2 inch square, including seam allowances. To make this block you need to make the pattern  4 times, but it’s such an easy pattern than it hardly takes any time.

Video tutorial

Watch a video tutorial showing how to make this block using foundation paper piecing:


This block contains 3 pieces. For one block cut:

  • Piece 1: 3 1/4 inch x 7 1/2 inch fabric
  • Piece 2 and 3: 6 1/2 inch x 4 inch rectangle cut in the diagonal to make two triangles


For each block print 4 patterns:


Block placement

Below there are two possible layouts you can try with this block for two different looks:

Layout 1


Layout 2 with inverted colours


Let me know if the video tutorial helped you learn foundation paper piecing.

Happy piecing!

3 thoughts on “Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners: whirlwind block”

  1. You do such beautiful tutorials !! I was showing a friend a simple “flying geese” paper pieced block a few days ago, and today I sent her to your blog & videos to get “better” instructions. Thank you for taking the time to create and share your tutorials, patterns and your beautiful work.


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