Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Wings - Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in the Fabric-Quilt New Block Blog Hop. Along with 63 other quilt bloggers, I have designed a new block with a free tutorial using a fat eighths bundle of Fabri-Quilt's bright solids.  For any new visitors, welcome to the Iron and Needle! I hope you're enjoying the Blog Hop. If you haven't been following along, you can check out the other blocks by visiting our hosts, or checking out this Pinterest board. You can also visit today's host, Stephanie, for a chance to win some of this fabric.

Monday, August 31st

Host – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Tuesday, September 1st
Host – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday, September 2nd
Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Thursday, September 3rd

Host – Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination

We've had a great variety of beautiful blocks with this bright fabric. They're just my kind of colours, and I'd like to thank Fabri-Quilt for supplying the fabric for this project. The 64 finished blocks are being sent to our hosts, who will sew them into 3 quilts for charity. I can't wait to see what the finished quilts look like. 

I'm happy to share my block with you today. It's a simple, foundation paper-pieced design, with good potential for secondary patterns when sewn into a whole quilt of these blocks. I named it "Wings" because the lapis blue, chartreuse and turquoise fabrics coming out from the centre reminded me of wings. 

Here's how you make it:

1. Print, cut out and assemble your foundation pattern and templates. Use the templates, your cutting mat, rotary cutter and ruler to cut your fabric. If you are new to paper piecing, you may want to cut your pieces a little bigger than the templates.  

Chartreuse – 1 from A, 1 from E
Turquoise – 1 from B, 1 from D
Aqua– 2 from C, 1 from B
Lapis Blue– 1 from E, 1 from A
White– 2 from C, 1 from D

2. For each piece of the foundation pattern, you will sew C first, then C, D, E, A and B. Pin the first piece C to the back of the foundation pattern, right side out, so that the edges hang 1/4” over all sides of the template lines.

3. Pin the second piece C to the first piece, right side down. Turn the template over and stitch along the line.

4. Press the second piece C over. Use a piece of cardstock to help fold along the next line. Use a ruler along the edge of the fold to trim the excess fabric to 1/4” past the paper. 

5. Continue following the same steps for pieces D, E, A and B. Line piece D up along the trimmed edge of piece C. Flip over and sew along the line. Press open. Fold the paper along the next line. Trim the fabric to 1/4”.  

6. Once you have finished the first template piece, repeat with the second template piece.

7. Match your two template pieces up on the sides where the points meet. Pin, sew and press.

It’s a simple block to put together and an easy introduction into paper piecing, with a nice effect! 

Here are a few ways you can turn this block into a quilt:

Check out the blogs below for more new blocks and visit our host, Stephanie, @Late Night Quilter for a chance to win a 1/2 yard bundle of the palette. 

Here is the PDF of the foundation pattern and template pieces. 

Wednesday, September 2nd
Host – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Hannah @Modern Magnolia Studio
Cindy @Stitchin At Home
Abby @Hashtag Quilt
Lisa @Sunlight in Winter Quilts
Carrie @Chopping Block Quilts
Brianna @The Iron and Needle
Tish @Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jan @The Colorful Fabriholic
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Beth @Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Liz @LizzyClips Design
Kim @Leland Ave Studios


  1. Lovely block and I am so excited by all the different layouts and quilt designs you can create with the block! Wow!!

  2. So many possible layouts from a great block.

  3. Wow! So many different layout possibilities! Great block :)

  4. Great block. It makes me think of the sun's rays coming down off of the clouds...beautiful. And all of the different layouts make it even better. Great job.

  5. Wow, the 3D effect is spectacular and love all your layout!

  6. I love paper pieceing and love this block! Great job, its nice to see the different layout possibilities!

  7. Great tutorial, very well written. I really like all of the secondary patterns this block creates.

  8. What a great block, I love all the options you provided for layout. My favorite is the second to last one, it reminds me of dragon flies that like to dive bomb you.

  9. This is gorgeous!!!! Wonderful job. I would love to try this block.

  10. Just as I was wondering what the blocks would look like sewn together I came across your drawings! Thanks for showing them - this is a super cool, super versatile block. Job very well done!

  11. It has been quite some time since I have done a paper pieced block pattern, but truly love the designs that your block creates so will be following your great tutorial and making a quilt as soon as I can. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  12. Woohoo! Congrats for a simple YET amazingly beautiful design. I love, love the layout choices.

  13. Great block! So many secondary designs! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I am a huge fan of paper pieced ray blocks, and yours is just lovely!!!

  15. I love your ray blocks, I made one recently for a bee block and loved it. Yours looks great, and the secondary patterns are awesome.

  16. I love the clean block design you have created. It is so impressive how the block turns into such stunning designs when put into a larger layout.

  17. Love your creation Brianna. Thank you so much for the instructions.

  18. Great block Brianna, with lots of design possibilities!

  19. Look at all those possibilities! This is great!

  20. Another wonderful block and thanks for the tutorial too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  21. Brianna, what a great block! I can imagine all kinds of possibilities with fabric choices matched with one of your great layouts! Thanks so much!

  22. Neat design! It's so funny though when you said wings. I immediately thought small aircraft coming into a landing strip,and could envision the grass and sky. Guess what happens around her in our short summers, right? Thanks for sharing a versatile block, and showing its potential.

  23. Wow! I love this block! First, I love that it's Paper Pieced, but not super-duper complex and thus not intimidating at all. Second, I love the colours selection you chose to work with. But most of all I LOVE all the variations you're able to create with this single block. So many wonderful possibilities!

  24. Very nice! The paper piecing gives you such perfect points. Wings is a great name and it's a pretty block on it's own...but the different layouts show it's great versatility.