Freezer paper piecing Block pattern for 17 in. square block representing the October birthstone Pink Tourmaline. Includes a fully-coded freezer paper template; full-scale paper copy to use as a key; and 12-page pattern booklet that includes fabric requirements (including recommendations from Paintbrush Studio’s Painter’s Palette solids), detailed instructions for block construction, and instructions and fabric requirements for optional projects (i.e., 18 in square pillow, 4-block wall-hanging, 12-block full-size quilt as shown on pattern cover), and quilting suggestions. Single-foundation piecing is not typical paper piecing: templates are ironed to the RIGHT side, so there is no confusing reverse piecing; templates are easily removed and REUSABLE, so there are no paper bits to pull from the back of the quilt; reduces fabric waste since there is no flip-and-sew method used. Makes wonderful Block of the Month project, Mother’s Day quilt (featuring the family’s birthstones), baby quilt (featuring Baby’s birthstone), or Guild group challenge project.
During the course of designing and writing the Birthstone Series, some inaccuracies slipped through the testing process. Listed below are those that we want to be sure you’re aware of. Patterns will be corrected in the future.
- The Pink Tourmaline freezer paper template is not quite 17″ square. Here’s the simple solution: on the Pink Tourmaline freezer paper template, add a ¼” border around all four sides of the block to give you plenty of wiggle room to trim it up later. Your gem will now be floating inside the block, rather than touching the edges. As a result, you will only have to cut 4 background pieces, rather than 8. Once your block is assembled, you can trim it down to 17 ½”. Click here to view a short video demonstrating the easy fix!