Friday, November 4, 2011

Block 16 - Minnesota

For the second paper piecing block I wanted to choose the easiest paper piecing block with the best instructions and the Minnesota Block by Lee at Freshly Pieced won hands down.  Lee posted the instructions in July as part of the Summer Sampler Series.

Even though it is probably the easiest paper piecing block out there and Lee's instructions leave nothing to be desired, I still had some problems.

Notice how my block is perfectly square and beautiful?  Nice, eh?  Only problem is that it is a perfect 11.75 inches square instead of 12.5 inches square.  Augh!!!  What went wrong?

The templates:  Make sure your templates are printing out at exactly the right size.  My 1 inch test square was a hair small and it added up.  I did download the templates and print from Adobe as instructed, but the template was still a bit small.  I would suggest increasing the sizing from 100% to 105% or so if yours run small.

The pieces of fabric Lee has you cut out for the paper piecing units are more than large enough for anyone who has the most basic of paper piecing skills.  But...I found I had more wiggle room and fewer problems if I cut the pieces a generous 1/4 inch larger.  I hate it when my pieces don't cover the whole template when flipped open!!!  I would rather cut my fabric a bit too large than unpick bad seams.

My quarter square triangles were also a bit on the small side.  (I don't know what my problem was yesterday.)  If you want to trim your quarter square triangles to size, cut the initial squares a quarter inch larger than instructed and then trim the resulting quarter square triangles to perfect 5.5 inches square.

Last tip:  I am not a big pin-er, but I would recommend pinning when you piece the quarter square triangles and paper pieced units together.  The bulk from the paper pieced seams made stitching accurately without pins challenging.

But...YOU Can Do It!  And if you have problems along the way, that is ok too.  We are learning new skills and it might not always turn out right the first time.  Right?!?  :)

No fear!  Head on over and whip that bad boy into shape!  
Let me know how it goes.


  1. This is a great looking block. My husband is from Minnesota so I should probably make him a whole quilt based on this block, huh?

  2. I was able to grab the image from google docs and move it directly onto my desktop and print it from there. My 1 inch mark matched exactly with my ruler. I have a Mac, though, so maybe that is different than a PC?

  3. Yea!! This was one of my FAVORITES in the Summer Series and I have been wanting to try it again!! Yea!

  4. It looks great, Leila! Google Docs is so strange - some people have had terrible issues with it, while for others it prints perfectly. I think the best thing is to measure the 1-inch test scale and go by that, rather than relying on the percentage that it's printing at.

    Thanks for featuring my block! Hope everybody enjoys it! : )

  5. Great block Leila, and i really love your colour choices!

  6. My instant reaction was Wow! so I am looking forward to giving this one a go! Though I still cringe at the waste of paper.
    yours looks beautiful!

  7. Very pretty block! (But I'm passing on making it - sorry)

  8. What beautiful contrast on that block! Nice points, too. :)


  9. The block looks lovely. I'm lagging behind again, this time because I need to figure out how much smaller I need to make the templates to fit my smaller block, but I hope to be able to catch up by Sunday.

  10. i have just done this block first time paper piecing yay thanks leila and lee