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Category: Paper Piecing


This is the archive listing of all Quilt Blocks in the Quilt Block Library assigned to the Patterns Category which must be constructed using paper piecing techniques.

String Quilt Block

Skill level: Easy

The String Quilt block is a type of block created with strings or long scraps of fabric using the foundation or paper piecing method. Several varieties of this type of block exist. Most techniques involve drawing a straight line along the diagonal of a piece of paper. An initial strip of fabric is placed along this line, then subsequent strips are sewn to each side, then pressed open. This continues until the paper is completely covered, then the excess fabric is cut off the sides to make a square block.

For complete instructions for how to make a string quilt block, click here to view the tutorial.

String quilt blocks are popular among quilters because they offer a simple way to use up scrap fabrics but also allow for interesting and dynamic designs. Careful placement of light and dark fabrics often creates a diamond design that appears along the diagonal of the block.

Below are some images for how string quilts might appear in a grouping. You will probably notice that string quilts tend to be quite striking and colorful.

Grouping Examples

Illustration of a Light/Dark String Quilt
Illustration of a colorful string quilt

Coloring Sheets

Click image to download coloring sheet

Corner Beam Quilt Block Unit

Another basic building block unit in quilting is the Corner Beam unit. This unit is not seen as commonly as others, but the Corner Beam unit is an important design to master once you get the hang of the other basic units.

I have constructed this unit successful using two different methods. One method to make Corner Beams is to use Foundation or Paper Piecing. You can download a simple paper piecing template by using the link below.

The downside to paper piecing is the amount of fabric waste. Another great way to make Corner Beam units is to use the Corner Beam Ruler by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 designs. Her ruler allows you to make quick and accurate corner beams with less waste than paper piecing.

(The image below is an Amazon affiliate link.)

The following blocks are examples of blocks that have the Corner Beam unit in their design:

Tumble Dry Quilt Block


Quilt Grouping Examples

A popular grouping of corner beam units is the Job's Troubles Quilt Block shown below:

illustration of a grouping of Job's Troubles quilt blocks
Grouping of Job's Troubles Quilt Blocks

Another way to arrange four corner beam units is shown below, along with an illustration for how this might look in a quilt grouping.

Illustration of a Quilt block using corner beam units
an illustration of a possible arrangment of corner beam quilt block units
An alternate arrangement of Corner Beam Quilt Block Units

Paper Piecing Template

Click to download Corner Beam template

Coloring Sheets

Click image to download coloring sheets

Job’s Troubles Quilt Block

The Job's Trouble Quilt Block is a four-pointed star quilt block. An interesting part of this design is that the star points are not created with standard 90 degree or 45 degree triangles as is typical in most quilt blocks. Rather, it uses 22.5 degree angles which turn out best when the block is paper pieced. Below is the exploded block, showing that after the paper-pieced templates are sewn, the block is put together as a 4-patch.

You can download the free pattern and template below, and a tutorial for how to paper-piece a block is located on the website in this post.

Grouping Example

Illustration of a quilt made with job's troubles quilt blocks

Block Construction

Illustrated version of an Exploded version of the Job's Troubles Quilt Block
Exploded version of the Job's Troubles Quilt Block

Click to Download Free Pattern

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets.

Hosanna Quilt Block

This block, which closely resembles a palm leaf, is named Hosanna, which is a reference back to biblical times. Shortly before Jesus was crucified, he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowds spread palm leaves out in front of him like a carpet and shouted "Hosanna" (an expression of adoration which literally means, "Lord, save us!")

The story is often re-enacted at Easter (Palm Sunday) as a remembrance.

Grouping Example

Illustration of a quilt made with hosanna quilt blocks

Block Construction

This block turns out best when paper pieced. Click the image below to download the templates.

(You will need to print 8 copies at 100% size)

Coloring Sheets

Click to download coloring sheets.