Tuesday, August 14, 2012

QAL Block 2 Weathervane, Take 2

Hi guys,

I am so sorry for all the trouble you are having with block 2, Weathervane!

I thought I was making it easier by not doing it foundation pieced….but maybe that is the best way to do this block after all!

Finished Weathervane Block

So, I am not going to give you a complete tutorial on how to paper piece (I will be showing you how I do it for Block 4 which will be released on Friday).

But if you haven’t paper pieced before I highly recommend you watch this video I found for you on Youtube! She explains it really well, it is well worth a look!

Now, you can download the PDF Foundation Pattern here.

You can print it straight from Box but I would download it and then print it.

Tip 1 – You will need 4 copies of the pattern. Make sure when you print it that you have NO page scaling.

The pieces should measure just shy of 3.875” across the unfinished width. And just shy of 3.325” across the finished width.

Tip 2 – Remember to shorten your stitch length to about 1.5 when you are sewing through the foundations. It really does make it easier to tear the paper off.

Fabric cutting

Unit A and B
Background fabric - 12 x 2 1/2” squares
Print fabric – 12 x 2 1/2” squares

Unit C
Background fabric – 8 x 2 1/2” squares
Print fabric – 4 x 4 1/4” squares

Centre Square
Print fabric – 1 x 3 7/8” square (make this the same size as the foundation squares)

Fabric placement – On the pattern the white sections are the background fabric.

The shaded sections are your print fabrics.

Piece the foundation units in the same manner as demonstrated in the video linked to above.

Piecing the block

Remove the paper before joining the units together.

Units A and B get joined together the make the corner segment. You need 4.

Piecing Units A and B for corner patches

Unit C is the middle segment. You need 4.


Piece your block as per the original block assembly.

Block patches laid out

Sew your units into rows first. I really recommend using pins where each seam meets, I find pins are my best friend when it comes to getting the seams lined up!

Block patches sewn into 3 rows

Then join the rows together to complete the block.

Finished Weathervane Block

You now have a complete Weathervane block. Measuring 10 1/2” square unfinished.

You only need one of these for the quilt!

If this is your second block of this one feel free to make your first block into something else so that you can go in the draw for the “Small quilted Item” category.

Hopefully this works better for you! If you have any questions please leave a comment, email me or post it on flickr so the whole group can benefit.

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FarahLin said...

Thanks for the tutorial - I've planned to redo my block using this method. I've not done paper piecing before, this will be my first! Thanks for sharing the link and look forward to learning this new skill.

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

Thanks Jess! I'll give it a go soon :o)