To complete the sunniest set of foundation paper piecing ever (it’s official – have you seen our 6 free Summer FPP templates?), we’re giving you this bonus pattern to stitch while you daydream of far flung beaches and summer breezes. Stitch the set and turn them into a super-cute mini or cushion!
These paper piecing designs by Jo Hart were first featured in issue 74 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.
How to piece your palm tree quilt block
You will need
Makes one palm tree block
- Trunk: five (5) 1½ in squares
- Palm fronds: six (6) 1½in x 4in
- Background: 10in square
Piecing the palm tree quilt block
Step one: Cut the template apart along the inner dashed lines to make sections A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Using the template as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section, making sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
Step two: Foundation Paper Piece Sections A and B. If you’re new to Foundation Paper Piecing, or need a refresher, here’s how it’s done.
If you’ve never tried Foundation Paper Piecing before, check out our beginner’s guide for a step-by-step introduction. While it may seem fiddly at first you’ll be hooked in no time when you see the crisp, intricate patchwork shapes you can create!
Step three: Once both sections are complete, align the template Sections A and B along the raw edges and sew together. Press seams open. Remove the paper templates, tearing along the seam lines.
Step three: Join sections B and C to the top corners of section A. Remove paper from the seam allowance only and press seams open.
Step four: Join sections D and E and sections F and G along their diagonals. Press seams open, then join section DE to FG at the centre. Press seam open.
Step five: Join section ABC to the bottom of section DEFG. Press seam open. Remove the paper templates, tearing along the seam lines. Trim to 8½in square to finish.