Foundation Pieced Fireworks

Foundation Pieced Fireworks

Tags: foundation piecing, free pattern, how-to, paper piecing, quilt pattern

Another free block for you. This time I have chosen a block that I designed myself called Fireworks. This block is foundation pieced so real easy to construct. I made a 6" block, but it could easily be enlarged. 

My Fireworks block

My Fireworks block

To make this block you can download the 6" block foundation template.  It contains eight foundations. Sign up to our newsletter and get the templates free!

I used a dark navy blue for my background and fairy frost fabrics for the star and star trails. 

Fabrics used

Fabrics used

Start with foundation labelled A and a piece of background fabric. I cut a 6" square and then cut it through the diagonal. The second half can be used for foundation B. 

Trim around foundation A and place it, printed side up on the back of the background fabric triangle. I use a glue stick to dab a spot of glue in the center of the fabric so the foundation stays in place on the fabric. Make sure it is a water soluble glue so that is washes out in water later.

template on fabric

I used an index card to help here, but any piece of card will do. A greeting card works well too. Place the edge of the card along the first seam line. That is the line between sections A1 and A2.

folding along line

Fold the foundation over the card. Do not fold the fabric.

Fold the foundation over the card

Place the 1/4" line of your ruler along the fold.

Place the 1/4" line of your ruler along the fold

Now trim away the excess so there is a 1/4" seam allowance left beyond the fold.

trim away the excess fabric

Align the first color fabric (I used the lightest one) even with the edge just trimmed, right sides of fabric facing each other. For this fabric I cut a 1" strip. You require about 4" in length. Note: The great thing about foundation piecing is, you do not need to cut accurately.

Once lined up evenly, sew the first seam.

sew the first seam

Turn over to the right side and press the yellow fabric over the foundation. This is important. Make sure you press well.

press the yellow fabric over the foundation

Now it is time to repeat the process. Turn back to the foundation side. Use the card to fold the seam line between sections A2 and A3, then trim leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.

Use the card to fold the seam line and then trim

Align another background section, right sides together along trimmed edge and sew along the seam line.

Align another background section

Press in place. Continue until you have added all the pieces. I used another 1" strip for the next yellow, this time cutting 3" sections. I used a 2" x 3" section for the main center star section (A6).

foundation completed before trimming

The right side looks like this.

foundation completed showing right side

It looks much better when trimmed.

foundation completed and trimmed

Foundation B is the opposite side of this first quarter, but it is worked in the same way. Once complete, the two sections can be joined to make the first quarter. Do NOT remove the paper yet. Press toward foundation B which is away from the bulky seams in foundation A.

two foundations finished and joined together

The great thing about this block is I designed it so there were no matching seams at this point. They only matching that will be done is when the four quarters are joined.

Completed fireworks block

What do you think?

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5 comments

Deborah, sorry you seem to be having a problem with the signup, I’ve manually added you so hopefully, the pattern is now on its way to you.

Ruth

I have tried 3 times to sign up newsletter and receive template. I would like to have your pattern. I live that spinning star design. Thank you

Deborah Matyas

Stunning design

Samantha Barton

Regina, glad you like the block! Use the link above to sign up for the pattern, it will automatically be sent to you. Enjoy!

Ruth

Hallo, please can you send me your free pattern of the fireworks block? This block is so nice. Thankyou so much.

Regina

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