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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 row B: JAS-B13 – Four Corner Press

This block is extremely easy. I traditionally pieced this one.

I cut 4 x 1 1/4 in squares in the pattern fabric and one 3 1/2 in square piece for the centre. In white I cut 4 x 1 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in strips.

Row B is done! Two rows done 11 to go!

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.

Jane A. Stickle Quilt row B: JAS-B12 – Starflower

This is an applique block. The melons are very narrow and pointier than the previous ones I have appliqued on this quilt. But the hardest part was the centre piece which I decided to reverse applique. Maybe not the best idea.

Anyway, the first thing I did was to cut a 5 1/2 in square, 1/2 larger than the block size.

I folded the square twice to find the middle.

I pinned the middle.

And then I cut the patter for the centre on to freezer paper.

And ironed it to the back of the fabric.

I made cut through the centre on the diagonal. I’m wondering if I should have removed some of the corners to avoid large seams.

I then put a piece of white fabric on top.

I turned it around pinned the three layers together and tried to fold the fabric around the edges of the freezer paper. This was hard because the curve was barely there.

I then started to stitch around. The corners were very difficult.

It may not be very obvious on the photo but the corners have some thread showing from the edges.

I trimmed the excess fabric off.

Then I prepared the melons. These melons are quite narrow and therefore more pointy than the previous melons I’ve done for this quilt.

I carefully finger pressed the edges after cutting around the shape leaving 1/4 in seam allowance.

I placed the melons touching the edges of the centre corners.

I used a needle to help me find the corner.

And I appliqued the piece carefully.

This is the end result.

Then I trimmed the piece to 5 inch square.

One more block to go and row B is done! I really thought this row was harder than row A but it was not true. It actually turned out to be easier. Or maybe my skills have improved!

See you next week.

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.