Quill And Fox: Explore our Paper Piece Quilt Patterns
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The joy of quilting begins with our collection of free paper piecing patterns. Download these patterns directly to your computer and print them at home. Each pattern incorporates paper piecing, catering to quilters of all skill levels. We have conveniently organized the blocks alphabetically by their most common name, making it easy for you to find your desired design. Simply click on the image of the block you desire, available in the library below.
Our paper piecing patterns come with user-friendly, step-by-step illustrated instructions. Look for the ‘Downloads’ section or the Cutting Chart on the corresponding pages to find the free downloadable pattern(s) for printing. For additional printing tips, refer to the provided link.
Discover our Free Paper Piecing Patterns/Block Library
If a free paper piecing pattern exists on our site, you’ll find a live link to it below. Please note that these patterns are for personal use only. The blocks are listed with their finished sizes for your convenience. If you are a guild member and wish to include directions for our paper piecing patterns in your newsletter, please reach out to us via our Contact form. Remember to include the pattern name and your email address. To learn more about copyright, click here.
If you’re new to paper piecing, check out our Foundation Paper Piecing Instructions. This section will guide you through the process of creating a 3″ finished 8-pointed star block. Meanwhile, if you’re an experienced quilter, explore our Construction Tips below. You’ll find valuable insights, including our highly useful Best Pressing Technique.
Without further ado, delight in the designs that all involve the art of paper piecing.
Construction Tips for Seamless Quilting
To ensure successful stitching of our free paper piecing patterns, follow these helpful tips:
Sewing Machine Set-Up
For trouble-free stitching, set your stitch length to 1.3-1.6mm or aim for 16-20 stitches per inch. This perforates the paper, making its removal easier. Slightly increase your needle tension by 0.1 to 0.2 for balanced tension, reinforcing your stitches when removing the paper. While many quilters recommend using a 90/14 needle, I personally find that a smaller stitch length combined with my regular 80/12 needle works exceptionally well with Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper (which is about the same weight as newsprint). However, if you are using thicker paper, it’s best to switch to a larger needle size. Remember, what matters most is what works best for you! Lastly, start each new project with a fresh needle as it can prevent numerous problems.
Pinning for Picture-Perfect Points
To ensure your points match flawlessly, follow our step-by-step instructions, applicable to both traditional and paper piecing techniques.
If your paper pieced block consists of multiple units, you have the option to press seam allowances either open or to one side. However, when dealing with lumpy seam lines (as seen in the Sunflowers quilt), it’s advisable to trim the seam allowance of the finished unit or section to 1/2″. This will significantly simplify the pressing process. Afterward, join the units together to form a section or block. Set the seam by pressing the seam allowance in the closed position, and then press it open. Lastly, trim the seam allowances down to approximately 1/4″ for a neater finish.
Explore More Free Blocks at Quill And Fox!
Are you seeking additional blocks to make your quilting adventures even more extraordinary? Look no further! You’ll find a collection of quilt block patterns, even those that don’t involve paper piecing. Simply use the buttons below to immerse yourself in a world of inspiration.
Quill And Fox: Your destination for delightful paper piece quilt patterns and more.