This makes a 12" block and is part paper pieced!

There's nothing quite so nice as Fossil Ferns on black!

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The first thing that I would recommend that you do, is go to the Practice Paper Piecing Page.  When you feel comfy with paper piecing, come on back and try a Bird of Paradise Block! You will need to print out two copies of the template page per block you want to make on very lightweight paper. Fat Quarters should be plenty!

** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

Start by marking and cutting the Color 1 and Color 2  2-1/2" x 5" strips into two 2-1/2" squares of each...

The sew together a set of Color 1 and Color 3  2-1/2" x 10" strips, right sides together along one long edge, using a scant 1/4" seam. Press seam towards the darker side. Mark and cut this at 2-1/2" intervals...

Do the same thing again to make a Color 2 / Color 3 set...

Sew the pieced square sets together as shown at left to make four patches...two of Color 1 / Color 3, two of Color 2 / Color 3, and one using the small squares we cut in step one...

After your units are paper pieced, lay out the block units as you see them at left. Sew these together into three horizontal rows, using scant 1/4" seams. Press the seams of the top and bottom rows to the outside, and the middle row seams towards the center. Now join the rows, and the block is all finished! 

...on to Page 2!

Dec 4 2002 Marcia Hohn

Traditional  Block