THIS SKILL-BUILDING MINI QUILT FEATURES FPP AND TRADITIONAL PIECING TECHNIQUES
From the background fabric cut: Q One (1) 3¾in x 14½in piece.
From the print fabrics cut:
Q Twelve (12) 4in squares for the pieced blanket.
Using the FPP templates as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section of the FPP template, making sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
From the binding fabric cut: Q Four (4) 2½in x 22in strips.
PIECING THE PENGUIN
Foundation Paper Piece Section A as follows. Place the fabric piece for Section 1A right side up on the unprinted side of the template against the section. Ensure that the fabric covers the whole section, plus at least ¼in all around. Pin in place.
Place the Section 2A fabric piece right side down on top of the Section 1A piece, matching up raw edges on the side where Sections 1 and 2 will be joined and making sure that when folded back along the seam line, Section 2 will be covered by the fabric plus at least ¼in all around. Pin the piece in place.
Turn the template over to the printed side and stitch along the marked line between Sections 1 and 2, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Fold the template away from the seam and trim to ¼in. Fold the template back, turn the work to the fabric side, flip Section 2 open and then press firmly.
Continue working in this way to piece the remaining sections on the FPP template, in numerical order. Then trim along the dotted seam allowance line.
Repeat steps 5–8 to piece each of the Penguin FPP Template Sections A–D.
Pin together completed Sections A and B, carefully matching points at the edges. Return your stitch length to its normal length for piecing. Sew the pinned Sections A and B together. Remove the paper from the seam only and press the seam open.
Repeat step 10, adding Section C to the left side of Section AB. Then sew Section D to the right of Section ABC. Remove the papers from the backs and sew the 3¾in x 14½in rectangle to the top.
Arrange your print fabric 4in squares in three rows of four. Sew the squares together in rows, pressing seams to one side. Sew the rows together to complete the blanket. Sew the blanket to the bottom of the pieced penguin.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Fuse the piece of batting to the wrong side of your quilt top, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use a length of dark blue embroidery thread to embroider the penguin and fish’s eyes, using the red markings on the template as a guide to placement (Fig A).
Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, then place the quilt top with batting centrally and right side up. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.
Quilt as desired. Susi quilted diagonal lines across her mini quilt. Trim off the excess batting and backing fabric and square up the quilt. 17
Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open. Fold in half lengthways, wrong sides together, and press.
Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, creating a neat mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to finish.