Paper Pieced Quilt Along #4 – Sewing the Rest of the Blocks

As you work on your paper pieced quilt along, here a few tips and inspirational photos for encouragement! I am making a total of 48 Deco Dresden blocks for my quilt, but you can make as few or as many as you like!

paperpieced_wipSo far I’ve sewn 29 out of 48 blocks. It’s fun to see them coming together! Notice that I used many different red, orange and yellow solids, with slight variations per block to keep it interesting.


  • As you sew your blocks, lay out your strips in color order as you sew.
  • If you would like to create a shaded, ombre effect in some of the blocks, use the black and white filter on your camera to take a picture of your fabrics in grey scale.
  • If using a variety of fabrics, sew 4-8 blocks at a time and slightly vary the placement of some of your fabrics for interest.
  • Backstitch your seams to secure them from popping when you rip out your foundation papers

InspiRational Pics

These are just a few of the blocks that many of you have shared in my facebook group (Quilt With Christa) and on instagram (#paperpiecedqal). Please continue to share your blocks and be inspired by what you see. Seriously, the best part of any quilt along is seeing all the fabric choices and design possibilities!



Next Lesson:

The next lesson will focus on layout including cutting instructions for the background squares if you are using my layout shown above. The following week I will sew the blocks together into the top. So the bottom line is, you have plenty of time to sew your blocks and there’s no need to rush!

Click here for the Paper Pieced Quilt Along home page.

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:

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. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Paper Pieced Quilt Along #4 – Sewing the Rest of the Blocks

  1. daphnedawn says:

    Love the orange, red, yellow, black combination in this beautiful quilt! Paper piecing is so much fun to do. It seems to take on a life of its own with a somewhat addictive quality.

    Yes, Karen, there are too many things that need to be done that keeps me from quilting. I have the fabric for two Roman shades to do, and it has been traveling with me due to living in two different states right now. The fabric already has 2,600 miles on it. I hope to at least get it cut this week. We’ll see…

  2. Carolyn says:

    Oh, it definitely happens ALL the time for me! So many enjoyable things to do and so little time to do them in – particularly when I’m working. UGH! Oh well. I’m doing the best I can with the time that I have. =o) Just realize you definitely are NOT alone!

  3. Karen says:

    Christa, this quilt is AMAZING! The way the blocks are coming together and the way the oranges vary–terrific! Now if I could just get those 5 Roman shades done for my daughter’s windows, I could do some quilting guilt-free! Does this happen to anyone besides me? 🙂

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