Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Schoenrock Cross QAL - freezer paper piecing

Schoenrock Cross QAL
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Today I want to show you how I sew my Schoenrock Cross blocks. While it's easier to get accurate results with foundation paper piecing I prefer the freezer paper method because it wastes less of my precious fabrics.

This tutorial will only cover how to use the freezer paper method to piece the four corner blocks needed to complete one Schoenrock Cross block. Instructions on how to piece the centre cross section and how to piece the final block can be found in the foundation paper piecing tutorial here.

A few tips:

  •  Freezer paper piecing is much like assembling a puzzle. It helps to keep an extra copy of the templates next to your sewing machine for reference. 
  • The two halves of the corner blocks are the same but mirrored. I sewed pieces on the wrong way round for the first two blocks or so, after that I knew which piece belongs where.
  • It doesn't matter which side of the fabric you iron the templates on as long as you are consistently ironing them to either the wrong or the right side of the fabric.
  • I like to remove the templates before sewing them so I iron on the right side of the fabric. If you iron the templates to the wrong side of the fabric you can leave them on whilst sewing as a seam guide.
  • Cut 1\4" seam allowance around all sides of the freezer paper template. Cut your seam allowances slightly generous by placing the guide on your ruler next to the template instead of exactly on it. These blocks have a tendency to shrink a little. The little wriggle room in your seam allowances makes up for that.
  • Alternatively you can trace 1\4" seam allowance on the freezer paper itself which eliminates the need to add 1\4" when cutting your fabrics.
  • I press my seams open, this is a matter of personal preference. I find the seam that joins the two halves of the corner block together a bit bulky when the seams are pressed to one side. I get better results at matching up those points when my seams are pressed open and flat.
  • If you make more than one block you will lose a point tip here and there. With so many points to match up in one single block it's bound to happen, best to just accept that!


You will need:

Step 1 - Freezer paper templates


  1. Print the pattern templates. Check the 1" test square to make sure the templates are to scale
  2. Trace each template on the dull side of the freezer paper using a fine tip pen.
  3. Cut out each template with a scalpel or scissors.
  4. Iron the templates onto the fabrics.
  5. Cut around the the templates with 1\4" seam allowance on all sides using a transparent ruler and rotary cutter.



Step 2- Freezer paper piecing the corner blocks
  1. Sew section A in the order in which it is numbered.
  2. Sew section B in the order in which it is numbered.





3. Pin section A & B right sides together. Make sure the points of the kites match up.




4. Join section A & B


5. Sew three more blocks following steps 1-4.
6. Trim the blocks back to 4 3\4" if necessary.
7. Refer to the foundation paper piecing tutorial on how to piece the cross section and join the final block sections together.

All done!

If you have any questions or need help just ask here or on Flickr I will do my best to help you along!
 There have already been some beautiful Schoenrock Cross blocks submitted to the Flickr group pool,  don't forget to add yours too!

I will do one more short tutorial on how to piece the block with inset corner squares or Y seams, next.


x Leila

3 comments:

  1. I tend to go belt and braces - cut the fabric using freezer paper templates then paper piece; not brave enough to stitch paper-free!

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  2. Love this. I made these blocks paper piecing, this would make it go by so much faster. I'll give it a go.

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  3. Trying this tomorrow! Thank you for posting this!

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