Pattern Making

I decided to try my hand at designing my own foundation paper piecing pattern. All in all, I think it turned out pretty well! 🌡

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The finished product!
A close up… the finished block included 27 sections of fabric!
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My very first templates didn’t include seam allowances, but I added them as I traced each section onto the tracing paper I would be sewing on.
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After making the initial design, I transferred it to some tracing paper.
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Deciding to use a directional fabric for the body of the cactus and the background brought another set of challenges, but I learned a lot from the process!
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I’ve also been practicing my quilting and getting the stitches on the front and back of the quilt to match… I think I’m making progress.

Have you ever designed your own pattern? How did it go?