Update on converting traditional patterns to paper piecing – FIREWORKS

A couple of weeks ago I posted my video tutorial on converting traditionally pieced patterns to paper pieced patterns. I also mentioned on that post that it would work well with Thimble Blossom’s Fireworks quilt, and of course with the Marcelle Medallion quilt pattern. Well, this weekend I actually converted the Fireworks block, and in fact I didn’t even have to do any measuring. Just had to do some simple eyeballing and know the finished block size. I knew the block was 24″ finished from the pattern, and that the center was a perfect square. From there it was really simple to convert the design.

fireworks You can see that the paper piecing conversion sort of “confuses” the chevron shapes, but that’s mostly because I did the block “scrappy” instead of just using two or three fabrics. It just depends on the look you’re going for.

I will also say that I don’t think this was any faster. In fact it might have been slower, and more wasteful for sure. But I would NEVER. EEEEEEVER have been able to get all those points as crisp and perfect if I’d traditionally pieced it. I might still attempt that, just as a personal comparison, we’ll see!

I do have a plan for this block, involving my awesome paper pieced arrow pattern as sashing, so we’ll see if I ever get around to that. :p

Fabrics used: Constellations and Kona Ash.


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2 Responses to Update on converting traditional patterns to paper piecing – FIREWORKS

  1. Patti July 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Your scrappy version is wonderful!

    • Sarah B. July 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm #

      Thanks Patti!! I’ve got a whole series of these large block conversions on the way, the next one should be popping up this weekend. 😀

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