Fierce Protean Mini Quilt: Part 3

This week, I’m going to show you how I assembled the B blocks in our Fierce Protean mini quilt. (In case you missed it, find Part 1 of this series here, and Part 2 here!)

The B blocks are foundation paper pieced (FPP), and you need to make 12 total blocks. I found these blocks went together much faster than the A blocks. Lower your stitch length to between 1.2 and 1.5 when doing FPP. This shorter stitch length allows the paper to tear off easily when you are finished piecing and prevents the seams from pulling out.

FPP Basics

For foundation paper piecing, be sure to use enough fabric to cover the section completely.

I like to use the Add-A-Quarter ruler when doing FPP along with a postcard. This technique helps you to maintain accurate seam allowances and piece your blocks quickly.

Refer to the picture and the steps below for an overview of my FPP technique.

Foundation paper piecing techniques. Remember: TSP!
Foundation paper piecing techniques. Remember: TSP!

The basic formula for FPP is trim, stitch, press (TSP). First you trim your seam, then you stitch the seam, then you press it. Repeat until the block is complete.

Step A: The first piece is the only fabric that will be right-side up when doing FPP. Remaining pieces will be added right-side down, and then flipped out and pressed after stitching.

Step B: Attach your Add-A-Quarter ruler to a postcard using strapping tape. Line up the postcard along the stitching line on the foundation, fold the foundation back, and flip the ruler down. The ruler automatically adds the seam allowance. Rotary cut along the ruler edge.

Step C: You can see the first fabric piece is now cut, and I’ve added the second fabric piece. Place the fabric so the right side is facing down against the first fabric piece. Hold in place, flip it over, and stitch along the solid seam line. Flip it open and press.

Step D: Repeat to add the next piece. Trim, stitch, press.

Step E: Use a ruler with a clear quarter inch mark. Line it up with the stitching line and trim the final block. Do not use the dotted line as an accurate trim line because the foundation can shift during stitching.

Step F: Press your completed block. Continue following the pattern to finish the B blocks.

If you want more assistance with foundation paper piecing, contact the shop for a class!

Lay Out the Blocks

Once I completed all the blocks, I like to lay them out before stitching them together. I use a large piece of foam board and cover it with white flannel. The foam board is portable and does not need to be attached to a wall. Very handy for classes as well!

Lay out your blocks and step back. Make adjustments. In my Fierce Protean mini quilt, I wanted more of the yellow pops on the right-hand side of the quilt to represent sun rays hitting the water.

A DIY design board helps you to get organized before the final piecing.

When you’re happy with the layout, stitch the blocks together.

The final quilt top, all pieced together! Modern with a twist...
The final quilt top, all pieced together! Traditional with a twist…

Next week will be the last blog post on Fierce Protean. I’ll talk about quilting and binding options.

Happy quilting!


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