Below is links to free paper piecing patterns I have designed or used to make quilts on this site. Just click on the picture of the pattern you are interested in and it will take you directly to the pattern, either on this site or on outside sites.
Some of the patterns are JPEGs that you can just pull off to your desktop and others are PDF’s that you can download. Have fun with them. Create beautiful things.
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Thank you wonderful patterns. Was looking for the orange and blue design, but can not find it. Wonder if you might add this to the site as mentioned by free. Love all the colours you use as I too like bright colours. Have pinned some too, so I will make sure I find your site again.
Edith, I have put the pattern link up for the Gretchen block (the orange and blue design). You will now find it under the Free Paper Piecing Patterns tab.
Where do we buy or get the numbered patterens in Full Size to print for a lap quilt.
Carol has a lot but I have only seen the mini size patterens in her book.
I am really new at this and I cant get enough of the patterns to make much.
Carol Doak has some wonderful books which have large size patterns. Here 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Star book has 12 inch blocks and some quilt layouts. There are some wonderful books and patterns out there that give you layouts for larger quilts. I have made big quilts using the Icky Thump block and sampler quilts using a variety of the patterns.
Hi. Love the quilt you made for your mum! I would love to have the star pattern from this quilt, second row third block. I find all the free downloads but this one. Can you please tell me where I can get it. Thanks so very much. Bev Dziwenko
Bev, the block you are talking about is from Carol Doak’s book “50 fabulous paper pieced stars”. I can not recommend this book enough. If you like paper piecing it is a fabulous collection of patterns, with directions to mix the patterns up. There are hundreds of star combinations in this book. http://www.amazon.com/50-Fabulous-Paper-Pieced-Stars-included/dp/1564772713/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415379028&sr=1-1&keywords=50+fabulous+paper+pieced+stars
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Math teacher here. Doing an interdisciplinary lesson on Colonial Times & Quilting. I have been able to bring the beauty of your craft to many 13 year old’s and they see it as mathematical transformations. They see the Pythagorean theorem. The wonder and the beauty of it all. Thank-you for the free patterns, they work well wit the technology. 🙂
Wonderful patterns Thank You!!!
Hi! Love your patterns! Im having a hard time finding the one in the first row second over.
Are you taking about the blocks in my header? If so that block, a red and blue star, is from Carol Doaks paper
Piecing book “50 a Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars”
Yes! Thanks 🙂
What an amazing gift! Thank you for sharing your passion and resourses with us.
Do you have an actual tutorial on how to paper piece? I would like to design some of my own blocks (trout) for a fly fishing quilt I am making, but I don’t understand paper piecing. Thanks!
Hi… there are some great tutorials on paper piecing out there… if you like instructional videos have a look at Paper Piecing made easy by Crafty Gemini https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8uaW26igygE
Or if you want a photo heavy version Factum of the Arts has a great tips and tricks post which includes photos of how to paper piece… http://factotum-of-arts.com/2013/09/02/lessons-learned-in-paper-piecing/
You can also find a link to my tips on the site… https://wombatquilts.com/2013/10/14/paper-piecing-monday-tips/
Hope that helps. You can always shoot me questions if you get stuck.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the guidance! I’ll be in touch!
Thank you for you patterns. Can’t wait to get started.
Your patterns are so motivational. I can’t wait to try paper piecing, but am forcing myself to finish 4 unfinished quilt before starting something new!
Lovely patterns. Thank you for posting and sharing.
I love your patterns! They’re incredibly easy for a beginner like me. For the Fan Star pattern, there aren’t any numbers assigned. Do you have a list of the order of sewing?
I will amend the pattern and let you know when it is up.
Thank you so much for sharing all of these! I find your bright, beautiful blocks so inspiring!
Thanks very much for posting these patterns. I need another hobby like a hole in the head but I’m really looking forward to trying foundation paper piecing. I’ve wanted to try quilting and the paper piecing process appeals to the engineer in me. Well, that . . . and the straight lines. 🙂
Be careful it is fabulously addictive.
Thank you for being generous enough to share your knowledge . You have inspired me to try paper piecing. Am now gathering orange and navy fabrics. You have made them look so stunning.
This is one of my favorite combinations…though I think navy plays well with every Colour, it is my go to neutral!
Thanks so much for your amazing patterns. I have wanted to try paper piecing for a while but have been really intimidated. I used your swirling star pattern and it’s absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!
I am glad you have taken the paper piecing plunge. I think it is such a fun way to make amazing blocks… but I am biased.
Can you recommend one over the others for a beginner?? I’d like to try but am pretty unsure of myself and this process. Thanks!
Cheryl if you are interested in the stars I would start with some of the simpler ones. The 8 inch green stars are good… Nicks, swirling, stamp or stamp are a good place to start. If you want to do a couple of really simple blocks to start the purple arrows and square in a quake blocks are a good basic start. Please do not hesitate to fire me any questions you have.
This is such a nice site! Thank you for all of your work
Wow, what a great site. Thanks for being quilter friendly!
Do you have suggestions for multiple seam intersections?
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These patterns are great! I’m looking for some examples of the quilting used when you assemble several blocks into a mini quilt.
I have not used any of these patterns in a mini quilt yet. The mini quilts I have quilted I tend to use simple straight line figurations because the quilt tops are so detailed. I do not want to distract too much from the piecing. The larger quilts I have made with star blocks I have had professionally quilted…though I am about to quilt one on my home machine this week. My hope this helps.
I am in awe! Your blocks are so inspiring. There are so many possibilities and I thank you so much for taking the time to make each one!
Please post the pp pattern of the red and turquoise star. It’s beautiful but I don’t find it in the FREE pattern list. Thank you kindly.
Debe the pattern you are looking for are from the book 50 Fabulous Paper Piecing Stars by Carol Doak. It is a great book full of amazing stars and is well worth the purchase of you are making a star quilt.
It is really fantastic of you Cath to share all these links and also your own original patterns with us! I love the blocks you have made!
I am so excited that you have shared all these patterns! I’ve been inspired by your gorgeous star quilts and plan to use some of your patterns to create a baby quilt!
Wow! I love your page! All the free pattern blocks are awesome! Thanks for taking the time to do that! It’s so nice when fellow quilters share their ideas and patterns!
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Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous patterns – I am looking forward to playing with them.
I really appreciate the time and effort that you have put into making and putting them online.
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Muchas gracias por compartir todos estos patrones!!!
Debo confeccionar muchos de ellos pronto.
Muchas gracias !!!!
I was downloading the pattern Ellen’s Snowball and it said 4 of this page and 4 copies of Pattern Section “B” needed to make one block. Where is section “B”
Kat… that is a typing mistake. You need 4 copies of the the two sections of the pattern. Sorry.
We love all the beautiful designs and work that have gone into your quilts! The celebration quilt is so unique and would make a lovely gift. Paper Piecing is a wonderful craft and we did a post with a cool tutorial for beginners in Paper Piecing that might be interesting to you and your readers! Check it out http://www.quiltingfocus.com/2015/04/foundation-paper-piecing-made-easy. Happy Quilting!
I love paper piecing – thank you so much for sharing these patterns. I am going to have heaps of fun playing with these.
You have just made an amateur quilter very happy – I may never have to buy a paper pattern at all, looking at this beautiful list.
Katie I am glad there is enough inspiration and patterns to keep you out of trouble for a while. Have fun and make beautiful things.
Hey Kath – it took a while, but I did my first paper-pieced block using String Star at the top of this page! Want me to link you to the post I make when I write about it?
As I am just learning I REALLY appreciate the ability to practice and love the blocks you are sharing. Thank you for making my learning process FUN!
I’m new to sewing and am really excited to get into quilting. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work and thank you even more for sharing your patterns! I’m really inspired and excited to get started!
Blythe I am glad you are venturing into quilting. Have fun.
Wonderful list of patterns. Your color choices inspire me to look at patterns differently. Thank you!
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Do you have any paper piecing patterns that reflect a country fair theme?
Sorry Gloria I do not. There are some good paper piecing books on Amazon that might have something that would work for you.. including 365 Foundation Quilting Patterns…
OMG! I just found everything I could every want in a paper piecing pattern on this page! Thank you so much!!
I have a pile of copies of a paper piece design but lost the picture. Top says Spinners Quilt and bottom says Laurie’s Block BB24. How can I get a pic of this so I can plan and do the quilt?
Pat this is not one of my patterns and not a pattern I am familiar with. I would suggest googling the key words and seeing if you can find what you are looking for that way.
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Hi Cath, this is so great!! Thanks a lot for your work and sharing the patterns 🙂
Tess from Luxembourg
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Hi Cath. Love your quilts!! You’ve posted so many awesome patterns here I hate to ask for one I cannot find but you call it a modern Ohio star pattern and it is featured on your blog in dark blue and acid green on 20 February 2013. Is there a pattern somewhere for that? Love it and I’d like to make a tabletop quilt for xmas for my mom, in a red and green pathway. I just love the way that pattern makes your eye jump around . Thanks so much !
Hi Jen. That pattern is from Carol Doak’s book “50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars”. The book is a great resource that I use all the timeand it is available on Amazon. There are 50 patterns in the book but the patterns can be mixed and matched for amazing results. Hope that helps.
Hi Cath : thanks. I was able to find that book in the library and it does have an Ohio block in it, but it sure doesn’t look like the one I am referring to on your site. The finished quilt is called citron-arrow quilt, if that helps clarify?
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I’m a little slow but just found the perfect pattern for my granddaughter. Your Modern Star paper piece. Am excited to try it. She’s a different child in her own right as being very independent. I truly believe this would capture everything she loves She wants to be nothing like anyone else and that is fine by me. Am so happy to have found your site.
I am so glad you found the right pattern. I am sure your granddaughter will live what you make her.