I am excited to share with you my latest quilt block for The Splendid Sampler. If you haven’t heard about it, The Splendid Sampler is a year long sew-along hosted by Pat Sloan & Jane Davidson. Two new six inch blocks are released each week, designed by over 80 different contributors. I am taking my time and have committed to making one block each week. There have already been so many wonderful & unique blocks shared so far.
The block I chose to work on this week is block #22, Goose on the Loose, designed by one of my own quilting heroes: Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter. I have long been inspired by her bright and playful quilt designs.
This block allowed me to try out a technique that I have wanted to try my hand at for a while: foundation paper piecing. The verdict is in… I love it! While this block isn’t as intricate as many foundation paper-pieced patterns I have eyed, it was the perfect pattern for my first try. I must admit, there’s a bit of a thrill to see those point match up so beautifully.
This block is comprised of 2 blocks (repeated) that are essentially the same, but the fabric placement is opposite of each other. Coloring each foundation paper before stitching helped to make sure my fabric placement was correct on the first try.
I really enjoyed making this block & have already been daydreaming about making other things with this same pattern.
Have you tried foundation paper piecing? What tips can you offer to make foundation paper piecing successful?