I had never seen lupine before traveling to Maine, but now that I live here they are among my favorite flowers. There is a depth and richness to their color that force me to get really close and admire their intricacy. They are very advantageous growers, almost invasive, and the sheer numbers of lupine seen along roadsides, in fields, and in happy gardens make the color incredibly apparent.
Early in my sewing days, I was trying to think of a gift to make for my mother-in-law. I immediately thought of lupine, since they are her favorite flower. (If you have children, do you know the book Miss Rumphius? aka the Lupine Lady? Well that’s my mother-in-law–okay, it’s not really, but it certainly could be!) I had recently found paper piecing and wanted to make her a paper pieced lupine pillow. The only problem was that all of my searches for paper pieced lupine patterns came up empty.
Flash forward a month or so, when I discovered that I could design paper piecing patterns. A lupine flower was one of the first sketches I did. Talk about complex! I really wanted to get the heart-shaped petals into the pattern, but I knew it had to be fairly simple to be able to be pieced. I drew out a few sketches, chose my favorite, and began to try to break it down into logical pieces. My brain instantly scrambled. I had to put the pattern aside, and work on a few different projects for a week or two.
After that much needed breather, I picked up the lupine again one evening and smoothly worked it into numbered paper piecing sections. After a month or so of fine tuning and testing, the pattern is ready!
Don’t you love it!? I wasn’t sure about my fabric choices at first, but now that the block is done, I think they were perfect! They blend together just enough to give the flower depth without detracting from the congruence of the bloom.
This is not a beginner paper piecing pattern in that there are many pieces and a few sharp angles. There are only simple joining seams, though; no y-seams! If you have a good sense of paper piecing, this block shouldn’t be too tricky. It took me about 4 hours to complete and measures 10″ square (10.5″ with seam allowance).
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve watched this lupine block’s progression. For those of you who don’t follow me yet, here’s a peek at the process from my Instagram feed (@nightquilter). Of course these are taken with my iPhone during my late night quilting foray, so pardon the blur!
The back is my favorite! Stragglers hanging on after I’ve removed most of the paper.
The pattern will be available in my Payhip Pattern Store by the end of today, so now if you need to make your mother-in-law (or mom, sister, brother, cousin, friend, or yourself!) a lupine pillow, wall hanging, table runner, bag, etc. you can get right to it!
This particular block will soon become a long-awaited Lupine Pillow for my mother-in-law. I’d say it was worth the wait.
This is my exciting Friday Finish, so I’m linking up!
11 thoughts on “Friday Finish: Lupine, a Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern”
Great stuff I love the pattern and thanks for outlining your process. I have designed graphic pp blocks but did not know where to start with designing other types of blocks. I have pulled out the graph paper!
Pretty! Not being familiar with lupine almost thought this was a lilac but the leaves wouldn’t be right. Now I know what lupine is!
I remember Mrs. Rumphius! The block is incredible, congratulations!
Just enough simplicity and just enough complexity. Beautifully done!
Good job! Your pattern looks lovely and I haven’t seen PP sketch on paper yet.
Love that book 🙂 Fabulous job on your FPP pattern (and subsequent block) ~ absolutely outstanding!! I am certain your mother in law will treasure the gift.
How beautiful! And wow! I am impressed that you designed it too – lovely colors!
That is so complex and beautifully done! Great work 🙂
I clicked on the link to your pattern, but it came up with a 404 message from Blueprint. How do I find your pattern to purchase?
Hi Jaye! Thank you for your interest and your note! I just updated the links to go to the pattern in Payhip, since the craftsy transition resulted in a shop change for me. I’ll send an email, too, to make sure you see this!