Another Typing Paper Quilt Block
        page 3 - the block looks

There are 5 pages to this Typing Paper Quilt article

1 - Intro 2 - Block 1 3 - Blocks 
2 & 3
4 - Quilts A 5 - Quilts B

This quilt block has a finished size of approximately 7" sewn.

 Second Block Arrangement 

See previous page for Block 1 arrangements

Make the strips you sew to all the triangles go in the same direction - this time all parallel to the long side (hypotenuse) of the triangle. This will make a funny little bull's eye in the center. It will be a little easier to start sewing from the long side of the triangle first and add strips toward the tip of each triangle.

Do NOT try to copy the lines I've shown here, each block should not be identical, you will be sewing RANDOM strips to the paper. This is what makes it fast and fun!  

one quarter typing paper block

And below is how the sewn block will look when 4 triangles have been assembled into the final block. Press and trim each triangle before sewing them together. Try which you prefer: removing the paper first or leaving it in place.  Join two pairs of triangles to form half the final block, then join those two in a straight seam. 

The linear version of the triangles after they are joined into a block will look like this:

Then you can choose various ways to make color patterns on this sewing pattern. You will see why I suggest playing with colored pencils and a copy machine to play with different layouts (or use quilting software if you have it, I used Electric Quilt to make these blocks and samples)



Here is just one way to arrange the colors - I chose to put a bright center (yellow) and it use it as the final color at the outer edge.
See a Quilts made with this Block 2 arrangement by clicking HERE.

And one wall quilt made with 9 of these blocks HERE.


 Third Block Arrangement 

Make the strips you sew to all the triangles go in the same direction - this time all perpendicular to the long side (hypotenuse) of the triangle. This will form a sort of cross in the center. It will be a little easier to start sewing from center and than add strips at each side to finish covering the triangle.

Do NOT try to copy the lines I've shown here, each block should not be identical, you will be sewing RANDOM strips to the paper. This is what makes it fast and fun!  

one quarter typing paper block 3
And below is how the sewn block will look when 4 triangles have been assembled into the final block. Press and trim each triangle before sewing them together. Try which you prefer: removing the paper first or leaving it in place.  Join two pairs of triangles to form half the final block, then join those two in a straight seam. 

linear for typing paper block 3

And below is one possible color arrangement for this block. Notice that I picked up the red + accent colors in the corners - this will have an effect when you see the sample quilt top. See sample tops from this Block 3 arrangement by clicking HERE.

typing paper block 3 in color

 

   First Color Block Arrangements are HERE  

 

  Notes on REMOVING PAPER from your Blocks  

1. A quilter emailed in this suggestion: Try using an old telephone book's pages to make your paper foundations. The paper will tear away very easily.

2. Use as "cheap" a quality paper as you can - recycled paper tears more easily.

3. Do a test block first. If you do have trouble tearing away your paper after sewing, shorten your stitch length and the paper will tear more easily. 

There are some good comments on removing paper on Mary Ann Beattie's PC Piecers' site. Read them here. Mary Ann also has an interesting page on types of paper, fabric, tips, other foundations here.



previous: About the typing paper project


 

Susan

Susan Druding

The graphics and quilt blocks/layouts for this article were prepared using  Electric Quilt quilt design software.

copyright 2001  - 2001 Susan C. Druding, this free quilting pattern may be used for your personal or guild use, but is not to be reprinted or republished in other print or electronic media or on Web pages without permission from the author.