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Leaf block – Foundation paper piecing pattern

Leafy medallion quilt

Make Leafy medallion quilt using one single block

One simple block, many possibilities. You can play with colours and placement for this one.

How to do foundation paper piecing

You can learn the principles of foundation piecing on this 2 minute video. These principles can be applied to any foundation piecing blocks no matter how complex they are.


Make the pattern 4 times to make one block. Each patter has 3 pieces. For one pattern cut:

  • Piece 1: 5 1/4 inch square of fabric
  • Piece 2 and 3:  4 inch square cut into 2 triangles of background fabric


The pattern has 2 identical pieces:

  • Download the  Leaf block (pdf) – make sure you print the pattern at 100%

The diagram below is one possible block you can make with this pattern.

Putting together this block takes a very short time and it’s a perfect block for a beginner in foundation paper piecing.

The video above explains in detail how to start, the placement of the first piece on the back of the pattern, when to trim off excess fabric, etc.

I made one block like the diagram using different colour fabrics.

I pinned and stitched the white triangles at the same time.

Press well and trim off along the pattern’s edge.

This is another possible block layout.

How to use this block

You can use this block in many ways. Depending on the choice of colours and placements the quilt designs can be very different.

Have a look at 11 different quilt layouts you can do with this pattern. Each quilt is about 36 inch square, a bit more for those with sashing.

Leafy medallion quilt – version 2

Leafy medallion quilt - version 2

Wheat spikes

Wheat spikes quilt

Double accordion

Double accordion quilt

Leafy medallion version 2

Medallion quilt version 3

Cross roads

Crossroads quilt

Crossroads variation

Crossroads version 2

Dashed lines

Leafy medallion

Dashed lines 2

Colourful medallion quilt

Colourful medallion quilt

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

Happy piecing!

Tablet stand tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial made with the leg of a pair of jeans

Make this tablet stand in 15 minutes.

I have made a few iPad beanbags over the years but this one has been so far the easiest one to make.

How to make an iPad beanbag

Make this stand using the leg of a pair of jeans and a pretty button or other embellishment. Watch  this short 4 minute video to learn how to make it.

Or use plain cotton fabric


  • leg of a pair of jeans (8 to 10 inches wide)
  • self covered button
  • stuffing
  • a bag of lentils or rice or some stone (optional)
  • a small piece of cardboard (optional)


Download the Denim iPad beanbag pattern (pdf). Using this base is optional.

Print and trace the pattern on a piece of cardboard.

It is recommended that you add some weight to the bag so it sits better. Rice, lentils, wheat, and the like should work well.

If you make this beanbag, share a picture on my Flickr group. I’d love to see it.

Tablet beanbag tutorial

iPad stand tutorial

iPad beanbag tutorial

Tablet stand tutorial

iPad beanbag tutorial

Whirlwind potholder with self binding

If you’re a follower of my blog you probably saw the Whirlwind block video tutorial I posted recently. The tutorial makes 2 blocks at once using 2 strips of fabric sewn together.

This week I’ll show you how to turn those two blocks and two more into a potholder.

I usually turn discarded quilt blocks into potholders to give away as gifts when going for dinner at a friend’s or as small gifts for different occasions.

The potholder is 11 inch square.


  • Two 40 inch x 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric in contrasting colours
  • 11 inch square piece of batting
  • 14 inch square backing fabric
  • One strip of fabric 11 inch x 1 inch for the sashing
  • Two strips of fabric 5 1/4 x 1 inch for the sashing


Make the tutorial below twice to obtain four 5 1/4 inch blocks.

Adding the sashing strips

Take the sashing strips and sew the shorter strips between blocks as shown on the picture below.

Then stitch the longer strip to join both rectangles into a large square.

This is your quilt top.

Assembling the potholder

Place the backing fabric, right side down. Then put the batting on top and the quilt top on top with right side up.

Pin and quilt together. I quilted along all seams in straight lines making a diamonds grid.

Self binding

Now self bind as shown on the video.

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Video tutorial: self binding a quilt or using the back of the quilt to make the binding

Self binding a quilt tutorial. Self binding is making the binding with the back of the quilt

I usually finish my quilts using bias tape or straight binding but when I want to bind a potholder, a wall hanging or similar, I prefer self binding the quilt.

Self binding refers to making the binding using the back of the quilt.

This is how you self bind a quilt:

Next time I will show you how to make the potholder on the video.

Video tutorial: quick and easy whirlwind block

Quick and easy whirlwind quilt block - video tutorial

With this video tutorial you will make 2 whirlwind blocks in no time.

You only need two 20 inch  x 2 1/2 inch strips in contrasting fabrics to make two 5 1/4 inch blocks.

You can make this block in any size provided both strips are the same width.

Watch the video, it goes for less than one minute, that’s how easy this block is. Enjoy!

Next time I will show you what to do with 2 these blocks and two more.

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Quilt layouts you can make with these blocks

Quilt layout 1

Quilt layout 2

Quilt layout 3

Quilt layout 4