This listing is for a PDF file of the Tangram Zoo Quilt Pattern. This pattern features 17 different paper pieced animals, from farm animals to sea creatures. Each animal is created using the classic tangram puzzle pieces, giving these animals a modern, geometric look. Use one color for a modern, geometric look, or make each tangram shape a different fabric for a modern, scrappy look.
Three documents are included in your download. The first document, Tangram Zoo Pattern - Instructions gives information on how to print and piece the paper pieced animal blocks This document also includes charts that show which pages to print from the second document, Tangram Zoo Pattern - Printing, which contains all the necessary foundation paper piecing patterns. The third document, Tangram Zoo Pattern- Templates contains templates that you can print and use to pre-cut the basic shapes that make up each animal (templates for the background sections are not included as those vary drastically from animal to animal).
The Tangram Zoo Pattern- Instructions also includes directions for turning your animal blocks into two quilt options: Baby (40"x40") and Throw (60"x60"). The cover photo is the baby size; the throw size is a 4 by 4 grid of 16 animals. The pattern has detailed instructions on what to print and piece for each layout, fabric requirements, cutting directions, and how to join together all the blocks with sashing. Directions for basting, quilting, and binding are not included.
You may choose to use the animal blocks with your own design. They make great artwork when framed! Each animal measures 10.5" x 10.5" unfinished.
Please note that since this quilt uses paper pieced blocks, you will need a way to print the paper piecing patterns on 8.5" x 11" paper. Each animal requires about 3 pages of printing. The baby size quilt needs 9 animals, and the throw size quilt needs 16 animals. Additional pages will need to be printed if you choose to print the optional templates. The patterns and templates should be printed "actual size" with no scaling. A 1" test square is included in the pattern to test your printer settings.
The pattern contains general information about paper piecing the animals but it does NOT include a step by step tutorial for paper piecing. It is assumed that the sewer will already have experience paper piecing. Please see the third image for an example of the paper piecing patterns. If you can piece this block without directions, then this pattern is for you! If you are unsure of how to piece the block, then you may want to wait until you have more experience, or find some good tutorials to follow- there are plenty out there! **Please note that The Heron and The Swan require you to sew a y-seam. The pattern contains general instructions for the y-seam step. Sewing a y-seam with paper piecing isn't difficult at all!**
Please contact me if you have any questions about this pattern!
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