Paper Pieced Quilt Along #2 – Cutting the Fabrics, Block Pattern

about this Quilt Along

I am presenting this free quilt along on a 12 week schedule so that everyone can sew at their own pace. There’s plenty of time to catch up if you start late, and you can jump in and out at anytime. Remember to share your progress in my Facebook group: Quilt With Christa!

layout_variationsJust a few of the layout variations that are possible with this block!

Visit the Paper Pieced Quilt Along page for links to all of the tutorials as they go live!

A Note About cutting

If this is your first paper piecing experience or it’s been awhile, I recommend that you cut out enough fabric for just one block and make a test block (instructions to be shared next week) before cutting the rest of your fabrics. After making one block, you may choose to cut smaller pieces depending on your preferences and your ability to withstand the waste.

My philosophy on cutting for paper piecing is that you can either waste fabric by cutting oversized pieces, or waste time trying to cut them all perfectly. The choice is yours!

Remember, I am making 48 blocks, 8″ x 8″ finished for my quilt. Adjust your quantity as desired.

Cutting Strips for 48 Blocks

Note: Width of Fabric (WOF) is usually 40″ – 42″

  • From background (black) cut:
    • 19 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
    • 18 strips, 2″ x WOF
    • 3 strips, 4 1/2″ x WOF
  • From color 1 (reds) cut:
    • 29 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
  • From color 2 (yellows) cut:
    • 29 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
  • From color 3 (oranges) cut:
    • 20 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF
    • 12 strips, 3″ x WOF

Sub-cutting Units for One Block

Refer to the paper pieced block diagram below for reference. Label your pieces if needed to stay organized.

  • 2 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 6″ of background (black) –  A1, B1
  • 1 rectangle, 2″ x 3″ of background (black) – B11
  • 8 rectangles, 2″ x 2 1/4″ of background (black) – A3, A5, A7, A9 & B3, B5, B7, B9
  • 1 square 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ of background (black) – cut in half on the diagonal for 2 block corners
  • 3 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 1 (reds) – A2, A4, A6*
  • 3 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 2 (yellows) – B2, B4, B6*
  • 2 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – A8, B8
  • 1 rectangle, 3″ x 9 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – B10

*Note: You can get away with cutting shorter lengths if you like: (6″ – A2, B2);  (7″ – A4, B4)

Sub-Cutting Units for 48 Blocks

  • 96 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 6″ of background (black) –  A1, B1
  • 48 rectangles, 2″ x 3″ of background (black) – B11
  • 384 rectangles, 2″ x 2 1/4″ of black background (black) – A3, A5, A7, A9 & B3, B5, B7, B9
  • 24 squares 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ of background (black) – cut in half on the diagonal for 2 block corners each
  • 144 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 1 (reds) – A2, A4, A6*
  • 144 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8″ of color 2 (yellows) – B2, B4, B6*
  • 96 rectangles, 2 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – A8, B8
  • 48 rectangles, 3″ x 9 1/2″ of color 3 (oranges) – B10

cut_stripsMy cut strips gradated by value – you don’t have to sort them this way, though!

Paper Pieced Block Pattern

Click on the picture below, or this link, to download and print off as many copies of the foundation paper pieced pattern as you need, 1 page per block. You can use regular copy paper, or specialty foundation paper. Print off an extra copy for reference and to jot down notes about fabric placement.

Be sure your printer is set to 100% printing. For accuracy, measure the seam allowance from B1 to B11 . It should measure 8 1/2″ exactly. Note that the pattern does not include the corner triangle. That will be attached separately later. The finished block size is 8″.

Deco-Dresden-FoundationClick here for the Deco Dresden Foundation PDF

Next Lesson

In the next post, we will be making the first paper pieced block to familiarize you with the process. Feel free to work ahead on your own if you are already comfortable with the process! Since it’s just one block, you will have plenty of time to make it, then finish your cutting after the test block if desired.

Click here for the full quilt along schedule and links to each tutorial as they go live.

Sharing is Caring

When you’ve cut your strips – be sure share them in my facebook group: Quilt With Christa.
I’d love to see your progress and answer any questions you may have! You can also share your progress on instagram with the hashtag #paperpiecedqal.

Copyright and Permission Granted

I am very happy to share my knowledge with you free of charge during this quilt along. However, this information is for your personal use as a loyal reader of my blog. Please do not make copies of any part of this quilt along to distribute it to your friends. If you’d like to tell them about it, simply share my QAL site link with them and encourage them to come on over and join us: ChristasQuiltAlong.com

If you’d like to share links to my site on Facebook or on your own blog, that is great, too!

At the conclusion of the quilt along, I will be happy to edit down all of the content and turn it into a pattern for sale, so that others can use my pattern as a teaching aid in the future. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Paper Pieced Quilt Along #2 – Cutting the Fabrics, Block Pattern

  1. Ann Cameron says:

    I love old and traditional – with everything changing all the time – but I think your modern slant to this old pattern is amazing. I cannot wait to have a go. I’m not great at quilting, being somewhat of a novice and non-conformist in most things, but I find it so stimulating to try new methods and have pleasant surprises at how they turn out. Many thanks for sharing your ideas. I’ll let you know how my new experiments turn out.

    Ann

  2. Patricia Polmanteer says:

    I am so happy that you are sharing your love for quilting and taking the time to do the directions in a way that even I can understand them. As beautiful as the colors of your choice are (and they really are beautiful) can I change them to an off white and blues…

  3. treadlemusic says:

    Your directions, and encouragements/hints, are clear and concise and will prompt even the most hesitant to try out paper piecing this block. Kudos to you!!!!! Hugs…….

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