Tessellation Sew Along – Week 2


Welcome to week 2, as we sew up the Tessellation quilt pattern by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle. If you’re just joining in, feel free to get caught up at any time!

Every Monday, I will post a quick photo tutorial for each week’s block for those of you that are new to foundation paper-piecing (however, you will still need to purchase the pattern in order to complete the quilt – I will not be providing any templates on my blog).

If you are sewing along, feel free to post your progress photos on your preferred social media (Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) and use the tag #TessellationSAL and #alisonglass so we can see what you’re making!

The schedule:

  • July 14 – Get your pattern (and optional triangle ruler) here. Select your fabric, and begin by cutting all ‘A’ triangles.
  • July 21 – Assemble all ‘B’ triangles.
  • July 28 – Assemble all ‘C’ triangles.
  • August 4 – Assemble all ‘D’ triangles.
  • August 11 – Assemble all ‘E’ triangles.
  • August 18 – Assemble all ‘F’ triangles.
  • August 25 – Complete the quilt top. I’ll share some ideas for quilting.
  • September 1 – Enter your completed quilt top to be eligible for PRIZES!!



As this is our second week, we will be sewing through all of the ‘B’ triangles. These triangles will each utilize 4 different fabrics. Make sure to print the appropriate number of copies of template B on your home printer so that you can begin paper-piecing.


When foundation paper piecing, you will always sew fabric to the unprinted side of the template. As you can see, my template is face down on the table. It is helpful to either use a lightbox or lightsource and hold your paper up so you can see the lines, or you can also make a fold at each line so you can see where the seam will be when you actually begin sewing. Place your first fabric right side facing you, then place the second fabric right side facing the first. The first fabric should fully cover segment one on the paper template. Flip to the printed side of the template, then sew directly on top of the printed line that connects segments 1 and 2. Trim the seam allowance if needed, then press the #2 fabric toward segment 2.


Add the 3rd fabric, right sides together with the previous fabrics. The #3 fabric should slightly overlap (by approximately 1/4″) the line that connects segment 1 and segment 3. Again, either hold your paper up to the light or fold at that line. Flip to the printed side of the template and sew directly on top of the line that connects 1 and 3. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″, then press fabric 3 toward segment 3.


Finally, add the 4th fabric, right sides together, with the previous fabrics. Fabric #4 should slightly overlap the line that connects segment 1 and segment 4. Flip to the printed side of the template and sew directly on top of the pine that connects 1 and 4. Trim and press.



After you have attached all 4 fabrics, it should look kind of like this.


Turn to the printed side of the template and use your ruler and rotary cutter to trim the fabric so that it is even with the paper. This is what it should look like.


I can’t wait to see what you’re working on! Make sure to tag your progress on Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr using #TessellationSAL and #alisonglass!

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