For this block we’re going to make four 6.5″ foundation paper pieced blocks each with a flower, stem and leaf. Once sewn together, they’ll make up a 12.5″ (12″ finished) block. Please read the full instructions before you start and use the comments (scroll down to the bottom of the page) if you have any questions.
To get started, please head over to the UKQU Merchandise shop to download your free copy of the pattern (or pick it up in my shop). Look out for the pattern called Nina’s FPP flower block. Please note that there are two versions of the block – original and mirrored. I suggest you print two of each.
- Scrap fabric in your choice of colour(s) for the flowers
- Scrap fabric in green for stem and leaf
- Scrap fabric in a contrasting colour for the background
Making the blocks
If you are new to foundation paper piecing there’s a beginner’s guide to foundation piecing right here, but please note that you can use any paper that goes through your printer. If your printer is agreeable to slightly thinner paper than the standard 80gsm then use that as it’ll be easier to tear off.
Print off the FPP pattern at 100% (do not ‘fit to paper’ or scale in any way).
Decrease your stitch length on your sewing machine and perhaps swap to an old needle.
The flower head
Cut out the top part of the template.
Start with the fabric you’d like as the centre of the flower (1); and then work your way through the various pieces as in the template. Pieces (1) to (9) make up the flower and pieces (BG10) to (BG13) are sewn with your background fabrics.
Creating the stem area
Next, create the steam area, using the bottom part of the PDF template.
As with the top part, just work your way through the various pieces in the template.
As for the top half, the background pieces are labelled with ‘BG’, the other two pieces are the leaf and the stem.
Finishing the block
Take your flower head part and the steam area.
Sew the two parts together, matching up the corners, as in the template.
To ensure your four blocks are identical, trim along the dotted lines (i.e. including seam allowance) before removing the papers. Alternatively, remove all papers, give it a good press and then trim to size (6.5″ x 6.5″).
Repeat the above steps so you end up with four blocks, each measuring 6.5″ x 6.5″.
Decide on your layout.
Sew the four blocks together with 1/4″ seam allowance to create the 12.5″ block (12″ finished).
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