We are taking a short break from the Spring Fling blog hop today. I am participating in the fabulous My Favorite Block Quilt Along hosted by Kim at Persimon Dreams. There are some great blocks with tutorials already presented by other designers and more to follow in the coming weeks. You definitely want to visit this quilt along. Kim also has a fun Q&A about me at Persimon Dreams.
Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts is the designer for this week, she made a beautiful Missouri Star block.
After much thinking about what would be a good block to use for a tutorial, I decided on the schoolhouse quilt pattern, one of my very favorite quilt blocks. When I am learning a new piece of music, it’s a little easier for me if I have heard it played before. I figured the same would hold true for learning a new method of quilting as well. You have probably already made a schoolhouse block before the traditional way. We are going to paper piece this block today.
The Schoolhouse block has both straight lines and angles, so you can learn how to sew both with this one block. That’s the other reason I chose this block for the tutorial.
I took well over 150 photos when I was making this block. I used around 60 of them for this tutorial. I love photos when following a tutorial and I didn’t want you to miss any steps. In the interest of us not growing old waiting for the page to load, I made a nifty tutorial PDF file for you to download. This way you don’t have to be connected to the internet to follow the tutorial. Along with the tutorial PDF file, you will also have two PDF pattern files to make a 6″ and a 12″ block.
If you are already making paper pieced quilt blocks, enjoy the new schoolhouse quilt pattern.
I will be giving away these two patterns – Compass Needle and A New Star – from my Craftsy and Etsy shops along with a half yard of Kona white. I specially picked these two patterns because they can be made by a beginner.
All you have to do is make your choice of a 6″ or a 12″ schoolhouse block and upload the images to the Whims And Fancies flickr group by May 4th for a chance to win. That gives you a whole month to make this block.
Only one catch. You may be tempted to make this the traditional way. Therefore, I would like for you to upload a picture of the back with the paper still in it and a picture of the front of the block. That way, I know that you did it using the paper piecing technque. That’s really it.
One request from me to you, please remember to recycle the pieces of paper once you take them out of your block. It’s nice to do our part to keep our world beautiful.
I hope you find this tutorial useful and I would love to see you venture into the world of paper piecing. This page will always be available for you directly from the Tutorial link in the navigation bar on the top. Any feedback is most welcome and definitely let me know if you have any questions.
Good luck and Happy Sewing!