Crossed Canoes

Paper Piecing for the 21st Century

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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.

Unquilted Top

"Canoe Canoe?"

51 x 51 approx.



Two copies of your patterns printed on #17 vellum (emailed to you about five days before class)

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

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

Invisible Scotch Tape (any brand)

Pencil or pen

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

17lb Translucent Vellum 8 1/2" x 11"*

To order 100 sheets click here

To order 50 sheets click here

To order 30 sheets click here

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

Elmer's Disappearing Purple Glue Stick or any washable, acid free glue stick

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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

The strips will be sub-cut during class using  the templates which will be emailed with the patterns and other documents.  Bring the strips to class.

The HSTs 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.


Instructor, Lecturer, Designer and Quilt Maker
Manchester NH