Traditionally and foundation paper pieced quilts with a Modern twist for the contemporary quilter! Check out the latest patterns and tutorials from The (not so) Dramatic Life.

Zoo Family Portrait Quilt

The charming animals depicted in this quilt all kindly posed for me during four years of visits to the Columbus Zoo. I collaged the resulting photographs to create the composition for The Zoo Family Portrait Quilt. This foundation paper pieced design is comprised of twelve sections that can be approached as a block of the month or a complete pattern. You can read more about development of The Zoo Family Portrait Quilt here.

Size: 60″x84″

Techniques: Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Fortuitous Trinkets

Inspired by the fun and possibility each day can bring, these charming blocks bring whimsical imagery to your projects. These blocks make great pin cushions, coasters, mini quilts, table runners, place mats, and more!

Size: Each block finishes at 4″x 4″

Techniques: Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Raise the Roof

Raise the Roof is inspired by the rafters and over-sized ceiling fans found in the Horticulture Building at the Ohio State Fair. Foundation paper pieced blocks use light and dark color placement to create a sense of movement and depth. You can read more about Raise the Roof here.

Size: 60″x60″

Techniques: Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Polar Bear Block

Create an adorable foundation paper pieced polar bear block that is inspired by the polar bears residing at the Columbus Zoo. You can read more about the Polar Bear Quilt Block here.

Size: 18″x18″

Techniques: Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Festive Baubles

Festive Baubles captures the sparkle of the holidays by highlighting your favorite scraps in foundation paper pieced blocks set against a field of negative space. The background is perfect for fancy quilting or you can keep it simple to maintain the focus on the baubles themselves!  You can read more about Festive Baubles here.

Size: 54″x 64″

Techniques: Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Bonus Baubles Block

This FREE pattern is inspired by Festive Baubles, and is a fun project to complement the full quilt or as a stand alone project. This block includes a thorough instructional video on foundation paper piecing, making it accessible to quilters of all skill levels.

Size: 18″ x 18″

Techniques: Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Beginner (when paired with instructional video); Intermediate (with pattern only)

Download the FREE PATTERN here!

Our Ohio: A Quilter’s Trek Pattern (formerly Row by Row)

Our Ohio was designed for the first annual Quilter’s Trek experience with the theme of “blue.” Each of the four blocks has an Ohio theme. We start with two versions of Ohio Star blocks, and then we add an Ohio Trail block. The final block is a foundation paper pieced depiction of the state of Ohio.

Size: 18″x18″ or 9″x 36″ (four 9″x 9″ blocks)

Techniques: Traditional Piecing, Foundation Paper Piecing

Skill Level: Intermediate

Purchase Our Ohio kit from Dabble and Stitch (Stand alone pattern coming soon!)

Columbus Skyline Row by Row Pattern

The skyline of Columbus, Ohio is captured in this cheerful applique design. This pattern is designed to accommodate needle turn or fusible applique techniques. You can read more about the Columbus Skyline block here.

Size: 9″x 36″

Techniques: Applique

Skill Level: Intermediate

Purchase the Columbus Skyline from Dabble and Stitch

Tutorials

Fun with flatlining!

Grading, clipping, and notching

Pinning and stitching on a line

Thread tracing

Understitching

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