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Paper Pieced Tulips Tutorial

The first quilting group I ever joined was an online group, based on the Outlander series.  These ladies helped me sew my first quilt blocks, and I just love them all! My Lallyquilters are doing what we call “One Block Wonder”. This works much like a block lotto. Each participant makes a block, and their name is entered into a drawing. The winner gets all the blocks. Then we choose another block and rinse and repeat. This is a great skill building activity, because each quilter is only committing to one, or in this case, maybe two blocks. Many of the ladies thought it was time to try paper piecing. We wanted to make pink tulips to represent something in Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Just in case you haven’t read it yet, I am not going to spoil it here and tell you what that pink tulip signifies. Just go read the book!!! 🙂

So…  I designed a couple paper pieced tulip block patterns and decided I would offer them to you guys too. They are a free download on Craftsy. You can find the pdf for both of these blocks HERE

If you are new paper piecing, I put together a little video that may help you get started. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! There’s one point in the video when I meant to say “A1” and instead I said “AB” or “BA” I don’t remember exactly.. But you will know when you get to it, and I think you’ll know what I meant from the context of what I am explaining.

Each pattern is done in two sections. An “A” section which is numbered A1-A7 and a “B” section which is numbered from B1-B7

Start by cutting your pattern sections apart, and placing your A1 piece and sewing A2 to it as shown in the video. Proceed to attach each piece in the numerical order.

Complete each section, and then press them and trim them on the dotted lines. Then sew the two sections together. Give your block a final press, and remove the papers.

Here is a very simple idea of what you could do with these blocks. Mine will end up in my Outlander quilt on which Tanesha, of Crafty Garden Mom Podcast and I are collaborating.


Now, Go Paper Piece Something!

Paper Piecing Tutorial Video


  1. Jackie wrote:

    Cute blocks and great job designing them.

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:16 am | Permalink
  2. DaisyW wrote:

    These are so pretty!

    I’m actually re-reading Dragonfly in Amber right now — it’s been a long time since I read the early ones, and I decided I wanted to read them all again before the new one comes out.

    Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm | Permalink
  3. Laura Z wrote:

    It’s so pretty! I’m going to give this a try. Do I need special paper-piecing paper or can I use regular printer paper?

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink
  4. lazydaisy wrote:

    Regular el cheapo printer paper works just fine! Just remember to shorten your stitch to make the paper easier to remove. Run a test but of paper to see how short your stitch needs to be to perforate nicely.

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink