All that's left is to join the two halves of our Louisiana quilt block.
It doesn't matter how you constructed the block up to this point, the rest is the same regardless!
We're using the patches made in the paper piecing tutorial. The fabrics are different, but the patches are the same and SA are pressed the same way.
Arrange the two halves so they form a pinwheel in the center of our Louisiana block.
I pin to get a good match in the center. The seams do nest so that helps, too.
The center and the edges are all you need to worry about matching.
Stitch with a quarter inch SA.
Give your Louisiana quilt block a final pressing.
Below is a view of the backside. You can see how trimming as we go makes for a nice, neat block.
I pressed the last SA to one side...you could just as easily twirl or fan the SA to distribute the bulk a bit more in the center. Your choice!
Below is the finished traditionally pieced block...
...and from the backside you can see the twirled seam allowance (red circle).
Throughout the tutorial are seven downloads for the paperpieced patterns, for cutting charts and a coloring page.
If you've missed any, all the links are below in one spot to save you a bit of time.
Paper Piecing Pattern for finished block size:
Coloring Page to use for fabric auditioning/placement or for your 'Quilter-In-Training' to color while you stitch.
If you use our tutorials to make your blocks and quilts, there are some easy ways to share your creations so other quilters (including me!) can enjoy the fruits of your labor:
I love seeing your work!
Our readers do, too!
Remembering a Christmas fabric you liked, but can't remember where?
Click any image or link for more info
Lots of Christmas patterns were posted on this site in December.