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Valentine’s Day project: foundation paper piecing for beginners with free heart pattern video tutorial

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

A new block today using one my favourite patchwork techniques: foundation paper piecing.

Finished block size: 7 1/4 inch square.

Free pattern

How to make the heart foundation paper piecing block

This is a short 4 minute video tutorial showing how you do foundation paper piecing:

Close up of heart block

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

You can make a mini quilt or a full quilt. Mix and match colours. Use your fabric scraps to make this heart block.

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

Possible quilt design

Video tutorial: foundation paper piecing for beginners - Heart free pattern

“Constructivist” envelope cushion cover

The finished cushion is 16 inch square.

Download Chevron block pattern (pdf). You will need to make 2 patterns (2 pieces per pattern). Print pattern on printer paper.

The block is a beginner paper pieced block. If you’ve never done paper piecing, this block is easy enough to learn the technique.

How to make the chevron block

Whatch  a short 3.45 minutes video that demonstrates how to make this pattern using foundation paper piecing.

Materials

Front of the cushion

Cut for each of the four pieces you need to complete two blocks:

  • Area 1: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (yellow)
  • 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
  • Area  4: One 5 1/2 inch to 6 inch square cut in the diagonal into 2 triangles (white)
  • One 5 1/4 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow and another one in white

Batting and backing

  • One 17 inch square piece of batting
  • One 17 inch square piece of fabric

Back of the cushion

Cut:

  • One 12 inch x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in yellow
  • One 10 x 16 1/2 inch rectangle in white

Making the cover

First make the pattern twice and lay the pieces in a chevron pattern as shown on the picture.

Stitch the 4 pieces together and remove the paper pattern.

Stitch a rectangle in yellow and a white one on each side of the chevron row  matching the colours (see photo below).

Press well.

The next step is optional but I prefer quilted cushions.

Now make a quilt sandwich by placing the fabric backing right side down, the piece of batting on top and the front of the cushion on top.

I quilted the piece along the chevron lines using my quilting foot to mandate the spacing between lines. The spacing is about 1/2 inch wide.

You don’t need to quilt the whole surface. I didn’t.

When finished, trim batting and backing to 16 1/2 inch square.

To make the back of the cushion, take the two rectangles for the back and make a 1/4 inch fold along the edge of each rectangle and press.

Stitch along using a zig zag stitch.

Place the front of the cushion side up, then place the yellow rectangle on top, right side down. The folded edge should face the middle of the cushion (see photo below).

Make sure the colour matches with the yellow on the front.

Place the white piece on top in the same way.

Pin well and stitch all around the square leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Trim the corners to reduce bulk.

Turn inside out.

Voilà!

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