Tagged: paper piecing

Jan 31

Morning Star (144)

Fons and Porter Morning Star


This fun little quilt can be found in the Spring 2015 edition of Fons and Porter’s Scrap Quilts Magazine.  It is 70 inches square (I know, an odd size, but I only had enough fabric to make a short twin quilt–or wide lap quilt).


This quilt was made with a fat quarter set of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line.


I used a paper piecing technique to create it.  The botanics line was fun, but I found some of the fabric colors were extremely saturated and vivid, while other fabrics were fairly muted.  I wanted to create a pattern that could use all of fabrics in a complimentary way.


I did a simple straight line stitch around most of the horizontal and vertical seams, and in the inside and outside of the diamonds.


Working with the botanics line was a lot of fun.  I really enjoy using Carolyn Friedlander’s designs.  I find the designs to be subtle, which lets the eye focus on the colors and design of the quilt.  To me, her designs are perfect for quilting.


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Apr 05

Safe and Sound Paper Piecing Pattern

People have been asking me a lot recently about how to make certain quilts.  This is a quilt I made a while back.  I would love to share with you how to make it.

capeannbaby quiltI decided to name this quilt block “safe and sound” since the smaller scrappy squares are safely gathered in by the blue diamonds.  (Am I getting better at naming quilts?)

In making this design, I had available a handful of 2.5 inch squares of Cape Ann fabric, and a bunch of paper to draw out my own templates.  But, lucky for you guys, I put together a printable template that you can use here.

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Fabric cutting for baby quilt (40 inches by 50 inches)

Print off 80 “Safe and Sound” quilt block templates.  First print one template and make sure that the block measures 5.5 inches square.

For positions 1, 2, 3, and 4, you will need:

320–2.5 inch x 2.5 inch squares

For positions 5 and 6, you will need:

160–1.75 inch x 6.5 inch strips (blue) (you could get away with only using 1.5 inch by 6.5 inch, but I like to give myself some wiggle room with paper piecing.)

For positions 7 and 8, you will need:

160–3.25 inch triangles (white). (I would make these triangles in this way:  First, I would starch my fabric.  Since I will be cutting and sewing on the biased edge of the triangle, having the starch there helps to keep it from stretching.  Then, I would cut 3.25 inch squares from the starched fabric.  I would cut those squares from one corner to it’s opposite corner, making two 3.25 inch triangles.)

scrappy lattice baby quilt

Now we piece the fabric to the paper piecing foundation.  I have found a video tutorial that is good if this is your first time paper piecing.  I also found a written tutorial with great pictures to show you step by step how to paper piece.  My instructions above have already pre-cut your fabric for you, so you won’t need to do the trimming that she does on the tutorial.  I think it also eliminates a lot of paper piecing waste.

1)  Remember to shorten your stitch length to make the paper easier to tear in the end (1.5 stitch length)  .

2) Use a glue stick to glue the first square of fabric to the back of the paper, behind position 1.

3) When adding fabric, make sure that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other.  Otherwise, you’ll have to unpick it, and unpicking a paper piecing project is not fun.

4)  On my block, the dotted line shows what the final quilt block will look like (will end up being a 5 inch square block).  The solid lines show where you should cut your paper and your fabric to make the 5.5 inch square block.

At this point, some people remove the paper from their blocks, but I don’t.  I first assemble the blocks together with 10 rows, 8 blocks in a row (remember to use a 1.5 stitch length).  Then, I remove the paper, press my seams, and sew the 10 rows together, making the resulting 40 x 50 inch quilt top.

Cape Ann Baby Quitl

I hope you enjoyed using this tutorial.   As a favor to me, if you use this tutorial, will you please credit this blog post when you show or use social media to display your quilts?  That will allow others to be able to find and use this free tutorial as well.

Thank you for visiting!