Have you been taking part in our Farmers Market Block of the Month Sewalong? The adorable foundation paper pieced (FPP) patterns by Susi Bellingham kicked off in issue 52, with a new row added every issue. If you can’t get enough, why not try your hand at these FPP fish?
You will need
Makes two blocks
- Background fabric: 1⁄2yd
- Fish fabrics: six (6) fat eighths
- Four (4) copies each of the Left Fish A–C FPP templates
- Two (2) copies each of the Right Fish A–C FPP templates
- Seam allowances are 1⁄4in, unless otherwise noted.
- Press seams to the side, unless otherwise instructed.
- Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 for Foundation Paper Piecing.
- FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing.
- Templates include seam allowance around the outer edges only.
- For templates, click here.
- Refer to Susi’s FPP tutorial on p94–95 of LP&Q issue 52, or find it here!
- All fabrics supplied by Fat Quarter Shop.
All fabrics are from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
Step one: Using the template as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section of the FPP templates, making sure the pieces will be at least 1⁄4in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
Piecing the fish
Step three: Arrange the two sections with Section A on the left and Section B on the right. Pin together carefully matching the block edges. Return your stitch length to its normal length for piecing. Sew the sections together and press the seam open.
Step four: Repeat the last step to sew Section C to the left side of Section A. Trim around the outer dashed line of the paper templates.
Step five: Sew all remaining Left and Right Fish templates in the same manner. Arrange the templates in two sets of three fish. Sew the blocks together. Remove the paper from the back of each block to complete two Fish blocks.
Top tips for FPP
- Make an extra copy of each template and use mark your fabric choices for each section.
- Trace the template onto freezer paper, cut apart and use the pieces as cutting templates. But don’t forget to add seam allowances!
- Always press your block before adding the next piece to make the final block crisp.