Get set for some totally tropical piecing! All you need is a few scraps of your favourite solids and our free pattern to whip up your very own palm tree quilt block…
Our latest issue hits the shops next week and it comes with a Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) Pattern Set of 6 summer designs to sew from your stash. We’ve got an ice cream, cactus, camera, cocktail, luggage and even a watermelon for you to play with! Look out for issue 74 coming soon to a shop near you.
- Foundation Paper Piecing Free Tutorial
- Pre-order your copy of issue 74
- Foundation Paper Piecing: stitch a set of Weather blocks
To complete the sunniest set of FPP ever (it’s official), we’re giving you this bonus pattern to stitch while you daydream of far flung beaches and summer breezes. Stitch the set and turn them into a super-cute mini or cushion!
How to piece your palm tree quilt block
You will need
Makes one palm tree block
- Trunk: five (5) 11⁄2 in squares
- Palm fronds: six (6) 11⁄2in x 4in
- Background: 10in square
Piecing the palm tree quilt block
Step one: Cut the template apart along the inner dashed lines to make sections A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Using the template as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section, making sure the pieces will be at least 1⁄4in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
Step two: Foundation Paper Piece Sections A and B. If you’re new to Foundation Paper Piecing, or need a refresher, here’s how it’s done.
Step three: Once both sections are complete, align the template Sections A and B along the raw edges and sew together. Press seams open. Remove the paper templates, tearing along the seam lines.
Step three: Join sections B and C to the top corners of section A. Remove paper from the seam allowance only and press seams open.
Step four: Join sections D and E and sections F and G along their diagonals. Press seams open, then join section DE to FG at the centre. Press seam open.
Step five: Join section ABC to the bottom of section DEFG. Press seam open. Remove the paper templates, tearing along the seam lines. Trim to 81⁄2in square to finish.