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This tutorial is quite lengthy however I have included photos of all steps required to successfully complete one Hummingbird block. Do I think this quilt pattern is suitable for a beginner? Probably not, however by simply trying this block you will learn so much! One of my early quilts was a very involved foundation paper piecing quilt with lots of pieces, arcs and curves. I learned so much from simply tackling that project one step at a time. You can do this. Really, all you are doing is sewing on a marked line ...
Make one copy of the block foundation by printing the pdf file directly from your computer. One copy of the pattern is needed for each block. Print or copy as many foundations as blocks required.
Print the pdf pattern actual size - do not scale to fit.
Cut the paper piecing foundation apart into the four separate foundations that make up the block. I like to allow another 1/4 inch or so around the outer edge of the pattern (in addition to the seam allowance) and use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut the paper foundation.
TEMPLATES for cutting fabric - sacrifice one of your foundation paper patterns to make paper templates to cut fabric pieces. Mark an arrow on your template to indicate fabric grain. When cutting fabric pieces ensure that you place the arrow on the template on grain with the fabric. In the top right hand corner (pictured above) are the templates that I have used to cut fabric for my quilt.
FABRIC REQUIREMENTS - for each Hummingbirds Block you will need:
- BLUE: 3" x 5" cut TWO and use the diamond shaped template to cut the required shape.
- PINK: 3" x 5" cut TWO and use the diamond shaped template to cut the required shape.
- YELLOW*: Cut a A 3.25" strip from the width of your background fabric and use the template to cut pieces, flipping the template as you go to minimize fabric waste. Cut 8 background triangles for each Hummingbird block.
I also found that with careful placement of the diamond template it is possible to use 5 inch charm squares - and cut 2 on grain diamond fabric pieces as is required.
|Ready to go!|
8 yellow background triangles
2 pink diamonds
2 blue diamonds
4 paper piecing foundations
STEP BY STEP PAPER PIECING
1. Select a yellow background triangle and looking through the printed side of the foundation place the fabric behind the #1 area. Check to make sure that the fabric extends at least a 1/4 inch beyond the #1 area. Pin in place. In case you are using a printed fabric ensure that the printed side (the right side) of the fabric is facing away from the foundation paper.
2. Place the diamond shaped piece of fabric - right side down on top of the background fabric. Align edges. Pin if needed.
3. Start at the red dot and sew on the line between #1 and #2. You can extend your stitching into the seam allowance at the end of the stitching line (but do not stitch ahead of the red dot). Reduce the length of your stitches; this will make removal of the foundation papers a breeze and keeps your seams in tact after the paper has been removed.
4. Check the width of your seam allowance: with the lined side of your foundation paper facing up fold the foundation paper at the seam line you have just stitched. Trim any fabric in excess of the 1/4 inch seam allowance. I have used an Add a Quarter Quilter's Ruler which has a specially designed 1/4 inch lip that conveniently aligns with the edge of the paper. Any ruler will however suffice.
5. Press using a warm dry iron.
6. With the lined side of the foundation paper facing up, place a sturdy card (postcard, stock card etc) on the line between area #2 and #3.
7. Fold the paper (on the line) over the edge of the card thereby exposing the excess fabric.
8. Again using a ruler and adding a quarter inch seam allowance - trim excess fabric. You want to cut 1/4 inch away from the fold line.
9. Place the second background triangle right side down on top of the diamond. Align the edges. Pin if required.
10. Turn over and with the lined side of the foundation up. Start at the red dot and sew on the line between area #2 and #3. You can extend your stitching into the seam allowance at the end of the stitching line (but do not stitch ahead of the red dot). Turnover and press the background triangle.
Again - as in step 4 - you may need to check the width of your seam allowance and trim if required. You will however find that as you have already trimmed the diamond shape to size in step 8 above that your seam allowance won't require further trimming.
11. Using a rotary cutter and ruler trim both excess fabric and foundation paper. Be sure to leave the 1/4 inch seam allowance all around.
12. In exactly the same way - starting at area #1 and finishing with area #3 - paper piece the remaining foundations. Four foundations are required to complete each Hummingbird block.
SEWING TOGETHER THE FOUR FOUNDATIONS
Carefully nest seams and sew as follows:
Start sewing at the red dot and sew on the line. You can extend the stitching line into the seam allowance however do not stitch ahead of the red dot.
At this point remove foundation papers. Press the seam in the direction of the arrow, as pictured. Both of these half units are exactly the same.
Sew the two half units together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press seams as indicated by the largest arrows - opening the center point seams as pictured:
You'll notice that all seams are now pressed in a clock-wise direction.
Trim off corners. Your Hummingbird block now measures 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches.
JOINING BLOCKS INTO A QUILT TOP
Sew blocks into rows - and because you have not sewn into the seam allowance during block construction you will once again be able to "twist" open the seam where the points meet.
Sew rows together into a quilt top. Press seams in either direction or press seams open if preferred.
|The finished quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store: Hummingbirds Quilt|
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Hummingbird Quilt Block - FREE foundation pattern download (don't have a Craftsy Account? - you will need to register and create your own Craftsy Account and this too is FREE).
The finished quilt is for sale and is listed in my Etsy Store: Hummingbirds Quilt