Monday 24 June 2013

Paper Pieced Linked Squares Block...

I've done some more paper piecing; again, pattern testing for Juliet, over at Tartankiwi. The first time, Juliet trusted me to test her 5" ladybird block and this time, the linked squares block you can see here. I really am testing the process from a beginner's perspective, as the only other paper piecing I have ever done, was a Mariners Compass at a class I attended.

Initially, I looked at the pattern and thought... how do I even begin?  It was 6 months since I'd made the ladybird block and I couldn't remember a thing about paper piecing!!! And, of course, I'd left it till the last minute. Just as well I work well under pressure... LOL!!!

A quick read of a site I used last time, Christine Thresh's Paper Piecing Primer and it all came back to me. That's not to say I didn't use my seam ripper several times... LOL!!!

The photo above shows the last mistake I made. Just after midnight, when I thought I was finished, I saw that with the last seam I had not lined up the points in the middle and it was VERY obvious. Of course I redid it.

Juliet has suggested Perfect Points and the Positioning Pin for further reading. I'll definitely give this a go next time.

Once I started, it all came together surprisingly quickly (even including the time it took to redo my mistakes.) I really did enjoy making this block and am keen to do more, but there is no way I could make a whole paper pieced quilt. The pattern does show you how to, though.

The hardest and longest part of the process, was choosing the fabric. I pulled fabric from my stash and ended up with fabric everywhere, trying this and that together. I am happy with the combination I ended up using.

The design of Juliet's linked squares block Juliet is stunning!!! It really catches the eye and consequently, I LOVE the block I've sewn!!! The pattern is available for free, in the Tartankiwi Pattern Store, over at Craftsy.

... Pam


  1. Looks fabulous Pam well done and congrats to Juliet on designing such a great pattern!

  2. The quilt block looks amazing! The red, black, and white color scheme is very dramatic.:)

  3. Cool block! Haven't done a lot of paper piecing, but it looks like you can do a lot more detailed blocks. Love the colors too.

  4. I LOVE black and white with a touch of red. This reminds me that I need to get back to work on the b/w/r quilt I started. Thanks for the motivation!

  5. This is a really cute block! I actually saw it on Pinterest just this morning and thought how striking it was :)

  6. your block looks fab, so neatly done and great colour choices!

  7. What a beautiful block and you did a great job on it! I have only done a few PP projects but enjoy it. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. This pattern looks so complicated. Don't you enJOY how paper piecing makes hard looking stuff, easy?

  9. Oh wow, that's beautiful! Quilting is such foreign hobby to me. I'd love to make a black and white one one day though!

  10. looks great! I agree...choosing fabric is always the hardest part!


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