Don't worry if you struggle to get your points sharp or curved piecing seems a bit daunting. The wonderful thing about Foundation Paper Piecing is that it's a great technique to use when working with unusual or awkward shapes while achieving crisp, clean lines.


If you're new to FPP, or would like to refresh your skills, read our free Foundation Paper Piecing guide before you begin piecing these taster FPP patterns, from our Foundation Paper Piecing Supplement with issue 27 of Today's Quilter magazine.

If you're interested in paper piecing but you're maybe not ready to take the leap into foundation piecing, dip your toe in the water of hand piecing with paper and download our free hexagon templates for English Paper Piecing.

Free foundation paper piecing templates
Checkerboard Dresden Quilt Block

Download your free templates below so you can start creating the blocks featured in the supplement.

This set of free foundation paper piecing templates includes the patterns to sew 8 quilt blocks:

  • Radiating Sunlight Quilt Block
  • Simplified Georgetown Circle Quilt Block
  • Turning Squares Quilt Block
  • Exploding Star Quilt Block
  • Flying Geese Circle Quilt Block
  • Checkerboard Dresden Quilt Block
  • Harlequin Star Quilt Block
  • Mariners Compass Quilt Block
Foundation paper piecing star pattern
Mariner's Compass Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block

Download your free Foundation paper piecing patterns here (2.4MB PDF file).

For the full set of quilt block instructions for these designs – including how many of each template you'll need, you can get Lynne's full supplement with digital issue 27 of Today's Quilter magazine, available through the Today's Quilter app – just search Todays' Quilter into the Apple or Google Play app stores).

Foundation paper piecing patterns free


Lynne GoldsworthyQuilt designer and author

Lynne Goldsworthy is a modern British quilter who blogs at Lily’s Quilts (so called because her Welsh husband calls her Lily). She’s a prolific quilt designer and co-founder of The Thread House. Her work is regularly featured in Today’s Quilter and Love Patchwork and Quilting magazines. She’s authored books including 500 Quilt Blocks and Quick & Easy Quilts and co-edited Fat Quarterly E-zine! Find her on Instagram @lilysquilts

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