Here's a step-by-step photo tutorial of paper piecing in a quilt block, perfect for beginners who haven't tried this technique yet. The other parts of the block use regular piecing. Where did the month of March go? It flew by in a blur of pattern writing, quilt making, and meditating while dog walking; that's where! I am excited to say that I made it all in one piece to this side of Spring and am ready for new adventures. The other day I was testing a pattern and made this block with … [Read more...] about Paper piecing in a quilt block
Make this Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels using your favorite quilting fabrics. An easy quilt pattern perfect as summer decoration! I came across Moda Fabric's Rainbow Garden collection and was struck by the brightness of the prints and the whimsical garden motifs. So, I set out to design a quilt that would showcase those fabrics I loved so much. Yes, fabrics are often the source of inspiration for my designs. "Summer Groove" measures 73" x 87-1/2" with blocks that finish at 6", … [Read more...] about Summer quilt with stars and pinwheels
Follow this easy step-by-step photo tutorial and learn how to paper-piece the sun block. You will become a paper-piecing pro! Make one and use it as a wall hanging, add a few to your quilt, or make a whole quilt with it. This is a 10" block that I made to test a pattern I was writing (I trimmed it slightly after I took the photo). I used these fabrics (and not oranges and yellows) because I am trying to get more blocks ready for a sampler quilt with this collection. It came out gorgeous (if … [Read more...] about Learn How to Paper-Piece the Sun Block
I just came home from a walk with Toby the dog. What beautiful flowers and greenery we walked through! When we returned, it occurred to me that I have not yet shared with you the free pattern I recently designed: a quilt with squares and bright colors, the bright colors from outdoors! Aren't these colors fantastic? They are from Chameleon, a new Basics collection by Blank Quilting. Quilt #1 uses one fat quarter bundle plus yardage, measures 56” x 72”, and the blocks finish at 4". Totally … [Read more...] about Quilt with squares and bright colors – a free pattern!
Use this free quilt block pattern to make a flower with simple paper pieced rectangles as leaves. Repeat the block for a fun one-block wall hanging or lap quilt. Read on for the photo tutorial. [Edited: June 23, 2020] This is a 'hybrid' flower block. Why? Because the leaves are paper pieced and the flower is made with regular machine piecing. This is a perfect block for those who want to try their hand at paper (or foundation) piecing: a small part of the work is done with that … [Read more...] about Free quilt block pattern for a beautiful flower
Phew! It has been about three weeks since I last posted something here. My sister returned to Brazil and soon my grandsons will be coming to visit for a week (you know how much work will get done while the two little boys are here, right? Ah... but it will be fantastic!). Anyway, above is my quilt "Pinwheel Pirouette" which has just been published in the January 2019 issue of Love of Quilting magazine. This is a fun quilt to make with only four 16" blocks and a bunch of pinwheels on the border. … [Read more...] about Lots of Pinwheels