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Petite Posies – finished! (Part 2)

I finished my Petite Posies mini-quilt yesterday (see original blog post), and wanted to share of few of the details with you!

My idea was to have a very uncomplicated border, so as not to compete with or draw attention away from those wonderful 30’s flowers.  Binding or no binding?  Finally I decided on a simple turned-under edge, made with the so-called pillowcase technique (find a terrific tutorial in Quilting Daily’s free e-book Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods.)

Auditioning potential border fabrics took awhile, but eventually I whittled the choices down to these two. I decided the floral worked best, in keeping with the overall floral theme; the diagonal check became the backing.  Both are modern reproduction fabrics.

border fabric choices for Petite Posies

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Petite Posies Mini-Quilt, Part 1

The latest work in progress, made with some of my oldest fabric – a miniature quilt of vintage cottons from the 1930’s and 40’s. It’s made with my Petite Posies freebie pattern (available here), with an extra row of posies added. The pieced part is 8×10″ (finished size), and there’ll be a narrow 1″ border all around with a self-binding and very minimal quilting. I wanted to share it with you now, because if I wait until it’s totally done, you may never see it!

Petite Posies paper pieced mini-quilt

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Daffodil – a free paper pieced block pattern

Daffodil Paper Pieced Quilt Block PatternBeing only a single paper piecing pattern unit, this cute little 6-inch daffodil block pattern is very easy to sew. Its simplicity makes it a perfect choice for the Miniature Garden Maze quilt.

Use three shades of yellow for the blossom and three shades of green for the leaves and stem to give added dimensionality to the design.

The PDF pattern provides both right- and left-facing versions of the Daffodil, which you can download here:  Daffodil-PieceByNumber

Pansy – free paper pieced flower quilt pattern

Pansy paper pieced quilt block

Pansy

This sweet little Pansy block is a perfect design for the Miniature Garden Maze or any other floral quilt or project.  Try a single block for a jacket pocket, potholder, or all-occasion greeting card.  The free quilt block pattern provides 3-inch and 6-inch versions of the pansy flower design.

Download the Pansy block pattern PDF

Sunflowers!

Sherrie recently sent me this photo of her beautiful wall hanging based on my Sunflower block, made for a friend’s birthday. She enlarged the pattern to 43 x 26″, and says “I love using paper quilting patterns. It makes the job so much easier!”

Sunflower - paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By Number

I love Sherrie’s choice of colors, and the simplicity of the white background and borders really makes the sunflowers pop and glow. The inversion of the smaller leaf on the center block adds just a little unexpected twist – as does Mother Nature every day, every where. Lovely work, Sherrie – thanks for sharing!

New designs: Swiss Daisy and Edelweiss

Swiss Daisy  paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By NumberAdded a couple of new patterns to the shop last week, the first in admittedly quite some time.  (The day job is taking up way too much of my life lately…)  Swiss Daisy, left, grew from two quite different inspirations.  The first was a camera lens aperture:  the very delicate, overlapping metal leaves that can be adjusted to let in just the right amount of light for a photograph.

The second inspiration was Mary Ann Beattie’s extremely clever paper piecing pattern of a sunshine (apparently no longer on the web), in which she cut through the foundation during the construction to allow all the sunshine’s rays to be sewn with a single foundation unit.  This got me thinking about the possibilities of cutting the foundation to achieve certain designs, and I wondered if some variation of this idea could be used to create the camera aperture design.  A little drafting in EQ, some experimenting with fabric at the machine, and eureka!  A center octagon, framed by overlapping triangles, becomes possible to sew using a single foundation piece, with no applique.  How cool is that?

quilt layout example using the Swiss Daisy paper piecing quilt block pattern by Piece By NumberHaving gotten this far, I decided to develop the design into an 8-petaled flower, rather like a daisy. I found that alternating blocks of light and dark daisies yields a fascinating reverse swirling effect, a near-tessellation of larger flowers.  These larger flowers evoked for me the elusive, delightfully irregular edelweiss blossoms, flowers I have only seen for real at local nurseries but never in the wild, despite my living in Switzerland for more than 13 years.  So I named the block “Swiss Daisy”, because a cluster of these special daisies transform so easily into a meadow of edelweiss.  (Though truth be told, real daisies in Switzerland are no different than daisies in France, Germany, or Italy. :-)  )

Edelweiss paper piecing quilt block pattern from Piece By NumberBut what if a quilter wants only one edelweiss blossom, for example, for a flower sampler quilt? This possibility led me to draft the Edelweiss block, with its darker green corner diamonds suggesting leaves. Sweet! The block is effective in many color schemes, with often a more geometric than floral feel depending on choice of color or fabric design.

I love how the one design led so naturally into the second one, yet both blocks stand on their own as distinct designs with different possibilities. They share some similarities in construction techniques, though Edelweiss can only be constructed in multiple units, whereas Swiss Daisy is a true single-unit foundation pattern (a multiple unit version is also given in the pattern).  (Note:  both patterns are for intermediate- to advanced-level paper piecers.  For more images of the blocks and quilt possibilities, see Swiss Daisy and Edelweiss.)

Petite Posies – a free paper piecing mini-quilt pattern

Petite Posies free paper pieced mini-quilt patternA Petite Posies mini-quilt is perfect for a cheerful little gift (think mug rug!), with the added benefit of using up some of your most colorful scraps.  Add a button or cluster of tiny beads in the center of each blossom if you wish.

Alternate Strips A and B side by side for the overall project size and proportions you want. The graphic at the upper right shows 4 pairs of A and B blocks for an 8″ x 8″ finished square, plus a tiny border all around, but you can make it bigger very easily by adding additional strips, or by enlarging the pattern pieces when printing/photocopying. Plan your fabric and color placement using the coloring page (included) before beginning to sew the blocks.

Download the Petite Posies PDF pattern here.

See my finished Petite Posies mini – blog post with photos.