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.

edge block

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.


Prairie Bonnet

I live in a small mountain town with my husband, teenage son, and parents.  Like most other small mountain towns, this town has quite a few vintage thrift and antique stores.  Tourist frequent the area and the vintage stores in the spring, summer and fall seasons, looking for treasures for their mountain homes or as a souvenir of their vacation.  My mother has a booth at one of the local stores and sells vintage items that she finds other places, and she requested that I make a prairie bonnet to put in her booth.


First I tried to recall every single cowboy series I watched when I grew up, and of course Little House on the Prairie, and the women and their bonnets.  Thankfully I watched lots of those shows growing up so I had lots of memories to pull from.  LOL.

Then I trekked to the local quilt shop to find some fabric that would be suitable.  I decided the civil war reproduction prints – an area of the store I typically avoid like the plague –  would be the best place to look.  I found this blue mini fern print on a cream background and thought it looked kinda ‘prairie’-ish to me.  I think it will make a very pretty summer bonnet.


Then after considerable search on the internet, I decided to use this pattern from Buns and Baskets to make my hat.  The pattern is simple and easy to follow and I love how all the seams are enclosed so there are no raw edges.   I worked on it two evenings.  Between the easy pattern, and the good quality fabric, it stitched up very nice.


Now, she wants a pink one!  🙂

This is my 5th UFO finish for the year.  Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, and  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


2013 Goals — But NOT a New Year’s Resolution

Let me be very upfront about this. I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. I honestly do not think I have ever seen anyone, and I mean ANYONE, keep or live up to their New Year’s resolution. I see it only as a way to let yourself down.

However, I do believe in setting goals. In fact, to quote a well-known financial guru, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Plans and goals are essential. Otherwise, you live day in and day out with no direction; and without direction, in 10-years, you’re likely to be exactly where you are now.

Very seldom does want you want come easy. It usually takes hard work and dedication. But what are you going to work towards if you don’t know where it is you want to be. Setting goals will give you that direction.  Your goals need to be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive.  And goal setting can happen at any time, not just on the first day of each year.

So here are some of my short-term goals.

Quilting/Sewing related:

Other goals:

  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Make a photo book for 2012
  • Plant, expand, keep up with my garden this year
  • Lose weight – isn’t this on everyone’s list?  I need to lose at least 40 pounds this year.  60 would be better, but we’ll keep it real at 40.  In order to meet that goal, I will need to:
    • Stay away from sugar and simple carbs
    • Exercise 5 hours a week.
  • Stay on a budget every month.
  • Work with monkey #1 on Pre-K workbooks
  • Do Financial Peace Jr. with my 12-year old