Polk Block: Paper-Piecing with Scraps
Intermediate | 16 min 11 sec
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Embrace the flexibility and spontaneity of paper piecing with this scrappy block. Carolyn Friedlander shows you how to select a color palette from your leftover bits of fabric and create a precise design using a template. Paper piecing with scraps enables you to use every last bit of fabric, so don't toss your scraps—save them for a project like this one. 
Here’s what you’ll need:
Finished Measurements:
The Polk Block is 7" x 7"
  • Sewing machine
  • Table extension for sewing machine (optional)
  • Sewing machine foot with good visibility of sewing area
  • Matching cotton thread (50wt)
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Sharp snips
  • Iron/ironing surface
  • Marking utensil (optional)
  • Scraps of desired fabrics (some scraps should be 3 ½” wide for larger portions of block)
  • Quilting pins
  • PDF Template
Learn how to:
  • Select scraps for your project
  • Audition scraps on the template for fit and look
  • Paper piece your block
What you’ll get:
  • Learn how to utilize leftover bits of fabric by creating a Polk block of your own design
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF templates
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Carolyn Friedlander
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Angela Lamet
Loved how you explained how to cover each section. I struggled with that a few years back. Also, trim the 1/4 inch before adding next segment. You have given me ideas for some mug rugs I am working on. Thank you!
November 2, 2022
bette saltzman
nice clear and concise instruction
October 11, 2022
Diane McDuffie
good ideas. intro to paper piecing
More than 3 months ago