Paper Piecing Monday and a winner….

Okay first things first… using a random number generator on my phone comment (much easier than printing out all the comments and putting them in a hat like I did last time!), the winner of my copy of Sam’s Quilt Talk is

Right now my favorite color is yellow. All shades, from light to dark.

Thanks to everyone who played along, and thanks to Sam for (a) writing this cool book and (b) giving me a copy to give away.

Now onto today’s Paper Piecing Monday… in the continuing saga of the simple square I give you… the Rolling Square block…

Catnap by lizzy house

This fabulous star is uses similar components as last week but has a very different feel. The components needed are…

Rolling square componentsand this week I was smart enough to put both patterns on one sheet.  So all you need to do is print out four copies of the pattern….Rolling Square pattern.

As with all the other patterns there is a wonderful variety of ways this block can look…

Rolling Square block 2…so to help you work out what you want to do with it I have included a Rolling Squares colouring sheet.  Grab some pencils and have some fun.

Rolling Chocolate block…

Today’s paper piecing Monday block has the best name EVER… yep today I present to you the Rolling Chocolate block…

rolling chocolate blockThis is one of my favorite blocks and not just because it has the word chocolate in the title (though that really does help).   I love how the block double frames the fussy cut print.

So here is what you need:

block componentsFour WQ Simple square block and four chocolate block components.  Then a center block, fussy cutting is, of course, optional!

block layoutThe blocks layout with your 4 1/2 inch square in the middle.  For this block you can easily remove the paper from the block components before you sew everything together, if you are so inclined.

chocolate block 2And again there are so many variations that you can do with this block.  I have an extra large version of this block underway, and will share the pattern and results when it is done.

Kitty Corner Paper Piecing Monday

For today’s paper piecing Monday I present the kitty corner block….

Kitty corner quilt blockAnd yes that is a kitty in the center of the Kitty Corner… I could not resist.   The pattern is another simple square nine patch block, have I mentioned I am obsessed?

To make this block all you need is the 4 1/2 inch simple square pattern (WQ Simple square block) and the Kitty corner component.

block partsI was a little stuck on putting a kitty in the block, so my alternative block layout is not too much different…

kitty cornder block 2But I think there are more exciting possibilities if you are not cat or fussy cut focused.  I would love to see a block with no white space – with a pattern fabric as the background. Maybe if I get time….

Joy Bell Block paper piecing style…

Last week saw the start of my new obsession… 12 inch classic blocks that use a simple square block.  This week I have been playing with another block which I have seen called Joy Bell, Salem and St Gregory’s Cross to name just a few….

joy bell quilt blockThis block is another easy one to put together.  You will need…

block componentsAll these components are 4 1/2 inches unfinished and you can find the pattern for the arrow blocks here….arrow block.  And of course the wonderful simple square, which will be in all the blocks here..WQ Simple square block.

When you have made the components the block is easy to put together, row by row.

block layout.When I was researching I found so many variations on this pattern… the simple layout above was usually called Joy Bell, and I also made a block using the layout referred to as a Salem block…

Salem quilt blockThere are so many possibilities with this block, so to help with the “playing” process I made a colouring sheet (joy bells color sheet), so that you can come up with your own combinations.  Download the sheet, grab some colour pencils and go to work…


Something new for Paper Piecing Monday

Over the next month or so I am going to try something a little different for Paper Piecing Monday.  I recently found an old book of quilting patterns at a local thrift store and fell in love with the simplicity but complexity of the blocks.  I was fascinated how many of the blocks used this simple square block …


So each week I am going to present a 12 x 12 inch classic block, and the pattern to make it…. starting with the Sawtooth Block.

sawtooth block version 1To make this block you will need 9 components all of which are 4 1/2 inches square unfinished…

what you need

You can find the paper piecing pattern for the simple square block, which will be using over the next couple of weeks here…WQ Simple square block   For the half square triangles you can easily make these traditionally or you can use a paper piecing pattern which you can find here….WQ Half Square triangle

You can also traditionally piece the simple square but I love the accuracy that you get from paper piecing for this.  It also allows you to get your fussy cut center just right .

fussy cutting alignment

When you have made all your components, lay the block out and then start piecing it together.

Block layout

You can remove the paper at this stage, particularly if you have traditionally pieced the half square triangle corners.  To complete my block I sewed the three blocks together in rows and then sewed those rows together.  Easy.

With all the blocks I will be showcasing over the coming weeks, there is so many ways to interpret the pattern.  I will be using Lizzy House’s Catnap fabric range for all my blocks, but the patterns work just as well with solids and scrappy colour play as they do with complete fabric lines.

You get different feeling blocks depending on how you choose to place your colours and fabrics….

Sawtooth block version 2 copy

there really is so many options and so much you can do with just this block….

Sawtooth block version 3This is definitely a pattern that I will be revisiting.  I already have a plan for a whole quilt just out of Sawtooth blocks.

So see you next week for another traditional block given the paper piecing treatment….