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Crossed Canoes

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Paper piecing can be a quilter's challenge. There are so many ways to get it wrong, right?

Wrong!  I've taken the mystery out of paper piecing by making it easy to do and much faster and efficient.  But you'll have to be the judge of that.

The actual "Crossed Canoes" block is quite simple.  But the quilt top assembly needs to be precise.  This quilt isn't about the paper piecing, since all of the blocks are identical except for color.

The fun part is putting the blocks together.  We'll be using a different method for precision where TWELVE pieces of fabric come together into a single point.

So get out your floss and let's go canoeing.

"Canoe Canoe?"

51 x 51 approx.

Quilted by Elizabeth Swan



  • Your pre-cut HSTs and your pre-cut strips.  DO NOT subcut before class!

  • Sewing machine, thread and pre-wound bobbin, regular piecing foot and 1/4" foot

  • Pins, and just in case, a seam ripper

  • Pencil or pen

  • A Hand Needle (embroidery, cotton darning) as long as it has a sharp point and a long eye

  • Rotary cutter (with a new blade) and ruler - 6"x12" works fine

  • Invisible Scotch Tape (any brand)

  • Small cutting mat 9" x 12" is fine

  • Highlighter (Pink, green, blue, orange, but NOT yellow)

  • Add-A-Quarter ruler (the longer the better)

  • Paper and  fabric scissors

  • Something in which to collect your scraps

  • Oral B Pro-Health Comfort Plus Floss or any ribbon floss

For Virtual Classes Only:

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Using two colors or fabrics highlight the impact of this pattern, and makes learning the pattern much easier. High contrast fabrics really makes your quilt sing.  So let's not go overboard with lots of colors and patterns.  Sometimes less IS more.  Pick two.

Each block measures 5-1/2" square, unfinished
Start with 1-1/2 yards of each fabric.

Cutting Specs

First cut your strips.  You'll repeat the process for each of your two fabrics.  Please bring the strips to class.

  • Cut four 6" strips and two 7" strips from each fabric

These Half Square Triangles should be cut before the class

Cut two 3-1/2" strips from each fabric.


  • Cut the strips into sixteen 3-1/2" squares.

  • Cut the squares in half diagonally to end up with thirty-two HSTs in each color/fabric.

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