In the last tutorial I showed you how to foundation piece a simple block.

The aim was to make a cushion cover or a table mat and to do this you need to make 4 blocks.

If you need a recap to the 1st part of the blog here is the link.

The next step is to remove the foundation papers

I recommend removing the foundation papers before I join the blocks, as it reduces the amount of bulk in the seams, I then use a ¼” foot to make sure my seams are consistent, but an alternative is to leave the papers in and remove them after you have joined your blocks. This method will also ensure consistent seams.

To remove the papers, start from the last piece and work inwards i.e., 4,3,2,1 and 8,7,6,5. To make it easier to remove the papers fold the paper back on the seam and crease it with your thumb nail and gently tear it off, any stubborn bits of paper can be removed with eyebrow tweezers, but a few bits of paper aren’t going to ruin your quilt.

You will notice when you put the seams together it appears as if the seams do not match up, this is just the design of the block once you stitch the seam and open it out the colours should match.

Join A to B, and C to D, press seams, I prefer to press the seams open, but it is your choice. If you press to the side, make sure to press 1 seam to left and 1 to the right. Now join AB to CD and press seams.

Adding the borders

Border – cut from dark fabric.

14.5” WOF strips x 1.5”

2 12.5” WOF strips x 1.5”

Add the side borders first (12.5”) and then the longer top and bottom borders.







To make a table mat

You will need:

An 18” square of batting (heat proof if required)

An 18” square of backing material

Assemble the quilt sandwich and quilt as required.


How to calculate the amount of fabric required for binding

Length x 2 = 28”

Width x 2 = 28”

Total = 56” (Perimeter total)

Calculate the number of strips required

Perimeter total + *12” = total length ÷ width of fabric = number of strips

56 + 12 = 68 ÷ 42= 1.619 therefore you will need to cut 2 strips

* Allowance for joining ends together

Calculate yardage

Number of strips x width of binding = yardage

2 x 2.5” (or the width you normally use) = 5” (0.15 of a yard)

Or in metric: 127 cm or 0.127m

Bind using your preferred method, or see tutorial below.


To make a cushion.

For the front

You will need:

A 16” square of batting (heat proof if required)

A 16” square of backing material

Assemble the quilt sandwich and quilt as required or back the quilt front to prevent fraying.

For the cushion back 2 16” x 13” pieces of your chosen fabric.

And a 14” cushion pad

To make the back

Machine stitch a ½” hem on the long sides of the 2 backing pieces

Pin the two back pieces, right sides together, to the front piece with the back pieces over lapping to make it the same size as the front (if its not quite the same trim after you have sewn the pieces together. Sew around the outer edges using a ½” seam allowance Turn the cushion cover right side out and insert your cushion pad.

If you wish you could join with the back pieces to the front, with wrong sides together and then trim and bind.

This is the simplest method of making cushion covers other methods use zips, buttons, or ties instead of envelope backs. Below is a link for a zipper tutorial. On my computer when you click on the link it will open a drop down menu, click on “open in a new window” to open the file.

Why not use the block to make a quilt. It is easy to use this block to make stunning designs. Here are some designs for you to try.


In the next block we will look at foundation piecing a more complex block.