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Paper Pieced Tulip

Ever since I made my tessellation quilt top, I’ve been hoping to try some more paper piecing projects. I found this free paper pieced tulip pattern from Charise Creates. I discovered Charise through her patterns in Stitch magazine and I just love her pretty projects and tutorials. They are sweet and feminine, but still modern. There are a couple of easier patterns available, but I felt up for a challenge and chose the tulip pattern to work on first.

Hello Spring Paper Pieced Tulip by Charise Creates | Radiant Home Studio

The directions are minimal, but as long as you have a basic knowledge of how to paper piece you should be fine. I probably spent a total of an hour and a half on this block.

I really enjoyed putting this together. I had no purpose in mind and no deadline. I love other forms of art and design, and I think paper piecing really combines my love of fabrics with my love of art and design. You start sewing pieces together and this beautiful picture begins to emerge. It’s a fun process!

Hello Spring Paper Pieced Tulip by Charise Creates | Radiant Home Studio

The colored scraps of fabric are leftover from my tessellation quilt. They are mostly Anna Maria Horner, with a couple of Cotton & Steel basics mixed in. The black, white, and gray fabrics were leftovers from my scrap bin.

Hello Spring Paper Pieced Tulip by Charise Creates | Radiant Home Studio

I’m still not sure how I’m going to use the finished block. It could be made into a pillow or a bag. (Charise has directions for a cute bag that she made with hers.) But I haven’t decided yet. I’ll probably set it aside to be made into a gift for someone, when the right opportunity comes up.

Hello Spring Paper Pieced Tulip by Charise Creates | Radiant Home Studio

Have you done any paper piecing? What are your favorite patterns?

9 thoughts on “Paper Pieced Tulip

  1. Danette says:

    I love this! I have a paper-pieced quilt that I made 7-8 years ago. It was one of my first quilted projects and I just recently found it in my closet. I had never put the binding on, but now I am doing that and I will hang it on the wall! I want to start more paper-piecing. My husband bought me “Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects” for Christmas. I have some of Cherise’s paper-pieced patterns on my etsy wish list.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Ooh…I’ll have to check out that book! I’m just now getting around to buying a backing for the quilt I made in September. It’s such a relief to get the top done that you just need a break before quilting it 🙂

  2. Toya says:

    It looks great – I’ve never tried it, and now I’m going to have to. I haven’t even finished my sashiko project that you inspired yet.

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      There’s always something new to try, right?! I’m curious about that Sashiko project…can’t wait to see it 🙂

  3. AliCB says:

    Love your tulip! Thanks for the direction to the pattern!

  4. Ajaire says:

    I love how this turned out! One of my favorite paper piecers blogs here: http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com/sewtakeahike/2014/09/whoa.html

    1. Sara Curtis says:

      Thanks Ajaire! I have visited that site before and I do love her paper piecing too!

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