Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Leaves in the Forest Quilt Along - last tutorial

This will be the last tutorial post to explain how I use fabric strips for piecing.  When we get to some of the other blocks without 90 degree triangles, I will add bits of advice.

The next section is section 4. In the diagram it will be sewn using 30150-322 (russet orange).

1. Lay your 3" colored fabric strip right side up.

2. Fold the pattern along the line between sections 1, 2, and 3 and section 4 and lay it on top of the orange strip as below. The blue lines show the outline of section 4 and the red lines the edges of the orange strip. Note how there is at least 1/4" of orange fabric on all sides of section 4.

3. Carefully open the pattern back up and slide everything under the needle being careful that nothing shifts. It takes a bit of practice and if it helps you can certainly pin.

4. Sew the seam along the bottom of section 4. Sew only where the line is drawn.
5. Fold the pattern back again (it will look exactly like the first photo) and trim the seam to 1/4".
6. Open the pattern up.
7. Press the seam toward the orange triangle.
Now just keep going the same way and, before you know it, you'll have a whole block.
Note: Sew the last two seams (sections 13 & 14) all the way into the seam allowance and backstitch the ends.
Here's your block!
Trim to size. Measure 1/4" from the seam line.  I never trim along the cutting line because I may have cut the pattern out inaccurately.
Remove the papers. My advice is to start with the last seam you sewed and remove them in reverse order.
My five block 1's!


  1. I like your process, Anina. I'm a veteran paper-piecer, but I'm always happy to learn new tricks!