Wildest Dream Bison Quilt – a paper piecing tutorial

Wow!  It’s been a while since I posted something to my blog.  You see, I’ve been a bit busy.  I bought a quilt shop!  It’s not very often someone can say their dream came true.  But mine really did.  And I am loving it!!!  But it is also a lot of work.  My shop is named A Stitch in Time and located in the mountains of Western NC.  Here is a link to my website if you’re interested in checking it out.

I recently designed a quilt for the bison panel of the Call of the Wild digital collection by Hoffman Fabrics.  And it is exclusive to me.  You won’t find it anywhere else.  The pattern can be found here, and the kit is here.  Or if you just want the bison panel, it is available here.

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It’s a simple paper pieced pattern, so I thought I would include a tutorial here for those not real comfortable with paper piecing.

This is the block I am going to demonstrate for the tutorial.

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It has an A part and a B part.  I am going to make the B part here.


So, let’s get started.


Cut out all the foundation paper patterns for the quilt top. Note that E is spread over two pages so you’ll have to match and glue the two pieces together.


Cut out all templates and fabric.

But remember, we’re just doing B here.  So,


Here is foundation pattern B and fabric for each B template. Start with piece B1. Remaining pieces are in order… B2, B3, B4, etc. Notice where piece B1 goes on the foundation pattern.


Flip the foundation pattern over, and center fabric piece B1 where it belongs. Fabric piece B1 should be face up, and the lines on the paper should be face down.  Hold fabric and paper up to the light to make sure the fabric covers the pattern with an approximate 1/4″ overage all the way around.  You may want to either glue or pin the piece in place.


Flip the paper over keeping the fabric in place on the back side. Line up a straight edge on the line between piece B1 & B2


fold paper over on that line


Using an add-a-quarter ruler trim off any excess. I had very little to trim in this photo.



Flip paper to back side.  With B1 & B2 right sides together, line up edge of piece B2 with trimmed edge of B1. While holding fabric and paper together, flip paper over and…


stitch on the line between B1 and B2. Be sure to start and stop stitching 1/4″ before and after the line.


This is the fabric side of the block once B1 & B2 are sewn together. Flip up piece B2 and press.  If you want to make sure you did it right, hold up to light and make sure piece B2 covers the area with approximate 1/4″ overage all the way around.


Place straight edge on line between B1 &B3, fold over paper, and trim any excess using add-a-quarter ruler


With right sides together, line up edge of B3 with trimmed edge of B1. While holding fabric and paper together, flip paper over and…


stitch on the line between B1 and B3. Be sure to start and stop stitching 1/4″ before and after the line.


Flip up B3 and press. This is what it should look like with B1-B3 sewn on


Using a straight edge, fold paper on line between B1/B2/B3 & B4. Trim excess using add-a-quarter ruler.


Align B4, right sides together, with trimmed edge of B1/B2/B3.  This is quite a large piece, so I decided to pin before flipping over to stitch.


Flip paper over and stitch along line, being sure to start and stop sewing 1/4″ on each end of the line.


Flip B4 up and press


Fold back paper between B4 & B5 and trim using add-a-quarter ruler.


Align B5, right sides together, with trimmed edge of B4.


Stitch on line between B4 & B5, being sure to start and stop sewing 1/4″ on each end of the line.


Flip up B5 and press


Fold along line between B4/B5 & B6. Trim using add-a-quarter ruler


Line up B6 along trimmed edge, right sides together


Stitch along line, being sure to start and stop sewing 1/4″ on each end of the line.


Fold along line between B4/B5 & B7. Trim using add-a-quarter ruler


Line up B7 along trimmed edge, right sides together, and stitch along line, being sure to start and stop sewing 1/4″ on each end of the line.


Flip up B6 & B7 and press. This is the finished B unit


Trim outer edges along the solid line


Following the same method, make section A and trim


Place A & B right sides together.


Stitch along solid line 1/4″ from edge


Open and press.  Congratulations.  You have made a paper pieced block.

Now, complete the rest of the blocks in the same manner.  For my quilt, you need 20 of the blocks above, and 4 corner units.  The 4 corner units are made in the same way.  They have 3 parts.  Just take it one step at a time to complete each part, and then join the parts together.

The paper is removed from the back of each block once the quilt top is completed.


WIP Wednesday

My first WIP Wednesday… normally, I post projects once they are completed, but it seems as if I’m not completing much these days.  Well, that’s not really true – we made it through my daughter’s wedding and that was a huge project.  But quilting projects are stalled at the moment.  I am working on designing, but the sewing is stalled due to waiting for coordinating fabric to arrive or waiting for the inspiration to strike.  And rather than show all the WIP’s I have because that would be too overwhelming for the both of us, these are the ones I hope to have completed in the next 4-6 weeks.  That’s a good goal, right?

First, I decided to make my parents a quilt for Christmas/50th anniversary (which was in June).  I know, it’s a little late to be planning this – I just haven’t had much time before now.  So I’m looking at doing a pastel blue/pink and am working on an original quilt design.  I pretty much have the center of the quilt figured out — lots of half square triangles which means lots of cutting and lots of sewing.  While I wait for the rest of the fabric to arrive (had to mail order it since the local quilt shop didn’t have any in stock), I am working on whether I want small borders or large borders, or borders with designs.. hmmm…

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Then I am doing the Riley Blake challenge through the Modern Quilt Guild.  Here are the fabrics — we were given 6- fat 8ths.  The challenge is that you can only use other Riley Blake prints or other solids to create something quilted.  I’m thinking a baby boy quilt with large blocks and a modern arrangement.  Something easy and quick to put together.

IMG_3348Next up – a quilt I started in June (?).  The challenge was to create a quilt using just one color and one print we drew out of a bag.  My color was purple and my print isn’t pictured here so you’ll just have to be surprised.  So I stocked up on purple solids, designed a quilt and started sewing.  I hope it turns out like it did in my head!  It’s been a WIP for so long now I really need to get it finished before it makes it’s way into the pile of WIPs that are a year or more old (yes, I have some of those too).  Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever get to them…

IMG_3350Last but not least, and likely the one I will actually finish first… a friend has asked me to make 2 baby blankets for a niece that is soon due.  She wants an embroidered elephant with a bird on its back.  So I’ve been working on digitizing the design in my “super expensive that I will probably never get’s my money’s worth out of” software.  Every time I try to do something in this digitizing software I feel like I’m having to learn it all over again.  One day I’ll gain a comfort level with it — I’ve only had it 1-1/2 years! Haha…  But the more I use it, the easier it will be (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).  Right?

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So, that’s it.  These really are my quilting goals for the next 4-6 weeks.  I’ll probably rearrange, and likely add more to it, but here it is for this moment in time.

What are you working on?  Do you tend to have more than one project in progress like I do?

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday linky