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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.

Materials

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

Pattern

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!

“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