Fractured Paintbox Workshop

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Last Updated March 30, 2019

fractured pantbox workshopThe Fractured Paintbox Workshop includes 10 videos and instructions for piecing the pattern, Fractured Paintbox by Quiltworx. Permission has been obtained from Quiltworx to produce and distribute this educational material.

Fractured Paint Box was designed to introduce beginner to paper piecing.

  • The project is fast, uses only one foundation block
  • Simple cutting techniques.
  • Designed to give beginners confidence, understanding, and success
  • Two sizes to choose from and here are enough papers in the pattern to make either size:
    • the 3 x 3 layout finishes at 60″ square and
    • the 3 x 4 layout finishes at 60″ x 77″.

There are 4 lessons in this workshop.

For the best workshop experience:

  • I suggest you progress through the lessons in numerical order.
  • When you start a lesson, read through the entire lesson and watch the videos in order and then start from the beginning of the lesson and complete the steps in that lesson.

Fractured Paintbox Workshop Supply List

  • Fractured Paintbox Pattern by Quiltworx
  • Permanent marker or ink pen
  • 45mm rotary cutter with fresh blade
  • 6-1/2″ x 12-1/2″ ruler or larger
  • Smaller ruler for trimming units (optional)
  • Cutting mat at least 18″ x 24″
  • Quality 50wt cotton thread
  • Sewing machine with open toe foot and 1/4″ foot
  • Small scissors to use at the sewing machine
  • Larger scissors for cutting paper
  • Add-A-Quarter ruler, 12″
  • Template plastic about 3″ x 12″
  • Wash out glue such as Elmer’s or UHU used to glue fabric to paper
  • Glue Pen such as Sew Line, Fons & Porter used to glue fabric to fabric
  • Jumbo paper clips
  • Binder and sheet protectors (optional)
  • Ziploc™ or store brand plastic bags:
    • 6 for the 3 x 3 layout
    • 8 for the 3 x 4 layout

Fabric

3 x 3 Layout

3 x 4 Layout

Assorted 2-1/2″ x 42″ strips

36

48

Black accent fabric for accents in blocks, sashing and binding

3 yards

4 yards

Border fabric

2 yards

2-1/2 yards

Lesson 1 – Prepare for Piecing

Planning Your Design

Each unit is pieced with a single strip of fabric. The other option (not explained here) is to mix up fabrics in each unit.

Prepare the Instructions

The instructions for this project are 8 pages long and you will be flipping back and forth through them multiple times. To protect the instructions from loss or damage they can be placed in a binder with sheet protectors. This is optional. The next video describes in detail how to prepare your binder if you choose to do so.

Video – Paperwork First, Part 1 of 2

To Do List:

  • Check for corrections on the Quiltworx website – Corrections
  • Set up your binder and sheet protectors. (Optional)

Understanding Quiltworx Papers

If you are new to Quiltworx patterns or need a better understanding of the different papers they publish, take some time to read the lesson in the link below. It will save you hours of frustration as you complete this project.

Understanding Quiltworx Papers

The following video shows how to trace the dashed lines onto the backside of the paper. This will help you see the unit and template sections while paper piecing. If you are a beginner, I recommend you trace the dashed lines onto the back of the paper.

Video – Marking the Dashed Lines

Papers in Bags

Before you choose and purchase your fabric, you should cut apart all the papers and put them in the proper bags. The newsprint sheets are large, so you will need plenty of space to open them up. If you are using a rotary cutter to cut the papers, you should have the largest mat you can find. If you are using scissors to cut the papers, a table or other large surface works well.

The next video shows how to cut papers from the newsprint sheets and place them into numbered bags.

Video – Paperwork First, Part 2 of 2

Prepare the Papers and Bags

The only type of templates in this pattern are single templates. These will be used to cut the 2-1/2″ strips. the table below shows which papers go into which bag.

Bag #

3 x 3 Layout

3 x 4 Layout

1

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)
Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

2

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

3

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)
Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

4

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)
Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

5

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)
Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

6

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)
Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

7

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

8

Unit FPB (6)
Templates FB-1 thru FB-5 (1 each)

Lesson 2 – Choosing and Cutting Fabric

Choosing Fabric

Choose pre-cut sets of strips or cut your own. Once you have your strips you can place them in the bags. Since each unit is pieced with the same strip of fabric, it doesn’t matter which strips go in the bag together. You will plan your design once all the units are pieced.

Whichever layout you are using, place 6 strips into each bag.

Cutting the Accent and Sashing Fabric

We cut the accent/sashing fabric first. There are no templates for this fabric. The cutting process for this pattern is a little different. Instead of cutting strips across the width of fabric, we will be cutting along the length of fabric. This is done so the vertical sashing strips can be cut in one piece.

Because it may be a little confusing at first, this video should help you understand the cutting process a little better.

Video FPB-02–Cutting Accent and Sashing Fabric

Fractured Paint Box – Cutting the Accent and Sashing Strips

Follow along using the diagram on either page 3 or page 4 of the instructions. From the 3 or 4 yards of black accent fabric:

  1. Cut the fabric into 3 pieces along the lengthwise grain.
    1. 22-1/2″ x length of fabric
    2. 6″ x length of fabric
    3. Reserve the remaining for the binding. You should have at least 10″ x length of fabric

Sub-cut the 22-1/2″ strip as follows:

3 x 3 Layout

22-1/2″ x 3 yards

3 x 4 Layout

22-1/2″ x 4-yards

Sub-cut 2 @14″

2 @ 11-1/2″

2 @ 9-1/2″

2 @ 7″

2 @ 5″

3 @14″

3 @ 11-1/2″

3 @ 9-1/2″

3 @ 7″

3 @ 5″

Final Sub-cut
  1. Stack the (2) 14″ x 22-1/2″ pieces.
  2. Sub-cut 18 sets of 1-1/4″ strips for a total of (36) 1-1/4″ x 14″ pieces.
  3. Repeat for the remaining four sizes for a total of 36 of each size.
  1. Stack the (3) 14″ x 22-1/2″ pieces.
  2. Sub-cut 18 sets of 1-1/4″ strips for a total of (36) 1-1/4″ x 14″ pieces.
  3. Repeat for the remaining four sizes for a total of 36 of each size.

Sub-cut the 6″ strip as follows:

3 x 3 Layout 3 x 4 Layout
Sub-cut for horizontal sash 3 @ 6″ x 16-1/2″ 4 @ 6″ x 16-12″
Final Sub-cut
  1. Stack the (3) 6″ x 16-1/2″ pieces.
  2. Sub-cut 4 sets of 1-1/4″ strips for a total of (12) 1-1/4″ x 16-1/2″ pieces.
  1. Stack the (4) 6″ x 16-1/2″ pieces.
  2. Sub-cut 4 sets of 1-1/4″ strips for a total of (16) 1-1/4″ x 16-1/2″ pieces. You will only need 15 pieces.
Reserve remaining for vertical sash in Lesson 4.

Divide the Accent Strips

For each stack of accent fabric:

  1. Divide into stacks of 6.
  2. Clip each stack together.
  3. Place one stack of each size into each bag.

Cut the Fabric Strips

Now it is time to cut the fabric strips in each bag. The next video shows you how to cut each strip and sort and stack all the fabric sections for piecing.

Video FPB-03 – Cutting the Strips

 

Lessons 3 and 4 coming April 6, 2019


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