Try this project with kids,
or make one for yourself!
To see the students with their finished quilt, and to read more
about the classroom Quilting Day, click here.
see full view and detail photos of the finished quilt.
To download the paper-pieced 6" block foundation pattern,
(PDF file, 16K)
to download a paper grid and paste-up squares for trying different
block arrangements. (PDF file, 12K)
You will need
Acrobat Reader to view the files. If you don't already have a
version of this common and very useful program, a free download
is available from Adobe.
For the center signature area,
cut a 7" strip across the width. With the strip unfolded,
cut one end at a 45° angle. Cut 2 1/2" wide bias strips.
You will need one bias strip per block.
For the triangles, cut 6" squares. Cut each square once
on the diagonal to make two triangles. You will need two triangles
(Note: The glue stick and sticky
label method suggested here works well with children, but you
can substitute pins.)
the bias strip against the unprinted side of the paper foundation,
wrong side of fabric facing the unprinted side of the paper.
The long edges of the strip should extend 1/4" beyond the
two diagonal seamlines. Hold in place with glue stick. Trim off
the corners of the strip as shown.
one triangle on the center strip, right sides together. The long
side of the triangle should line up with one edge of the strip,
and the right-angle corner of the triangle should line up with
the dot-and-dashed centerline. Use sticky office labels or pins
to hold the triangle in place. Keep the labels below the seamline
so that they won't get caught in the stitching.
the paper over and sew on the dotted line, beginning and ending
at the outer edge of the square.
Remove the labels
and finger-press the triangle over to cover the paper. Make sure
the fabric extends past the edges of the square on each side.
the square over and place the second triangle on the other edge
of the center strip. (To check that the triangle is centered,
you can fold the corners together and make a little crease on
the edge, then match the crease to the centerline on the paper.)
Hold in place with sticky labels. Flip the paper over and stitch
on the dotted seamline.
the labels and finger-press the fabric over the foundation.
Press the block with
a dry iron, fabric side up. With the paper side up, trim on the
solid outline to complete the square.
For easier signing,
leave the paper in place as a stabilizer.
Bethany S. Reynolds
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