Learning Foundation Paper Piecing from Craftsy.com

On a trip to visit friends and family in WA, I met with a good friend who also sews and quilts. She told me how she was learning paper piecing and how it’s much easier than it seems. She took a class at her local quilt shop, so when I got home I checked for classes and couldn’t find one. Then someone suggested I sign up for a craftsy.com class. I looked at their paper piecing classes and immediately fell in love with one of the designs: the sunray block. I LOVED that it was in solid colors, and the colors that were chosen were greens with gold and I really liked the colors the instructor used. A couple of days later, the class went on sale so it felt like “fate” to sign up. 🙂 I spent a good chunk of time selecting my fabrics and decided to try and break out of my comfort zone of greens and blues. I also wanted to use colors that were cheerful and bright. So I went with brighter blues and peach tones for contrast. The class was pretty easy to follow and I was impressed with my first attempt.

craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
My fabrics, organized!
craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
The 4 blocks, not yet sewn together.
craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
Sunray block all sewn together.

I decided I liked the process enough to try and make a mini quilt with the blocks. And I liked that I could binge watch Netflix while working on the blocks. I decided to do a square quilt made of 4 blocks. At first, I was going to do 1 block that would represent a season and have fall, winter, spring, and summer with my 1st block representing spring. But I wasn’t happy with the other solids in my stash and felt like it would be too disjointed with so many contrasting colors.

I came up with another color combo that I liked better than my initial block, and posted on Instagram for help deciding how to lay it out. Based on the photo I posted, someone suggested I use 3 of the same blocks with 1 different block. This never would’ve occurred to me in a million years, but I loved the idea! I ran my idea by some of the members of the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild at a weekend sew-in and got great feedback. So I decided to use 3 of the new blocks, and create one more block in grays to make the other blocks “pop.” I used the same center diamond fabrics on the gray block to tie it all together. Another Instagram post encouraged me to sew the 4 blocks together instead of using sashing between them.

craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
Here’s what it looks like before it is trimmed.
craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
Oopsy… Phrynne Fisher’s  wardrobe must’ve distracted me!
craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
One finished block.
craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
The instagram post that lead to the final design.

I was very happy with the finished project. It looks like it would be incredibly difficult to quilt so hopefully cosmicquilting.com can help me out with that! I’m really looking forward to the Intro to Machine Quilting class that I will be taking at QuiltCon 2016. It would be so great to be able to do simple quilting on mini quilts.

craftsy introduction to foundation paper piecing sun ray sunray block
The finished mini quilt top!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *