When I first shared these paper pieced pompom blocks last month in the monthly bees and BOMs round up, many of you were rather impressed, for which I thank you! But they’re really not the tricky -all I did was use the very popular paper pieced flying geese pattern. If you look carefully, you can see that the lighter solid is actually the flying geese part of the pattern. I then used corresponding Sketch or Painter’s Canvas and a darker solid to fill in the spaces between.
What you will need
Assorted scraps in one colour family – light solid, matching textured solid in mid-range, darker solid
Neutral scraps for background
1. Download the pattern and print at half size (50%) so that each block section finishes at 3″ – each pompom block finishes at 6″. Print 4 copies of the clockwise pattern. When you cut the template out, make sure to leave a 1/4″ seam allowance around the outside. As you have shrunk the pattern, the provided 1/4″ seam allowance is now 1/8″!
2. Mark each segment using 3 different textas/pencils/crayons to plan your block so that you know what colour goes where – segments 1, 4 and 7 are the lighter solid, 3 and 6 are the textured solid and 9 is the dark solid. Use a light neutral for the background (segments 2, 5 and 8).
3. Paper piece your block, making sure your fabric covers each section with at least a 1/4″ seam allowance around each segment and around the outside edge as mentioned in step 1. The Sometimes Crafter has a great step-by-step tutorial for this pattern.
A few tips:
– you can easily use normal computer printer paper, just shorten your stitch length and backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam
– trim down to your 1/4″ seam allowance after each segment to reduce bulk and create a neat back of your block
– once you’ve finished each block, keep the paper on to help piece the rows together with an accurate 1/4″ seam
4. Arrange your 4 blocks and piece together – sew along the solid line. Carefully tear off the paper and voila! One paper pieced pompom block. Use different colour families with the same light solid, mid-textured solid and dark solid pattern to create the same look.