Free Palm Tree Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern

Palm Tree Foundation paper piecing pattern

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.

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!

Download your free palm tree quilt block here

How to piece your palm tree quilt block

You will need

Makes one palm tree block

  • Trunk: five (5) 11in squares
  • Palm fronds: six (6) 112in 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 14in 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 812in square to finish.

Foundation Paper Piecing ice cream quilt block

Issue 74 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine comes with a set of 6 summer foundation paper piecing designs. Get ready to sew some sunshine! Our coverbook and FPP pattern sheets will help you sew this complete set.