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October 3rd, 2014

Free Split Hatchet Paper Piecing Pattern

by Julie Hirt

Last month I was featured in Online Quilting Magazine with a new paper piecing tutorial.  I call it Split Hatchet.


I was asked to provide detailed instructions for people that are new to paper piecing, so I wanted a simple block that still holds some interest.

At the time I was working on my Gypsy Wife quilt and had just finished a hatchet block. So there’s where the idea came from.


12c_indianhatchet_med image source – susan dague quilts


Here is a hatchet quilt that I’m totally in love with. Vintage perfection. It shows how changing the direction of the blocks creates an entirely different look.

You could do O’s (like I did), XO alternating, all one direction like above, every group of 4 a different direction, or even play with a zig zag look.


split hatchet 2


The templates come in sizes 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″.  Mine is using the 5″ version.  The smaller template sizes really help eat up some of those tiny fabric scraps.

Download the Paper Piecing instructions, there are a lot of photos for guidance.

Download the templates here or here.


If you aren’t familiar with Online Quilt Magazine, you should sign up! It’s a free publication that is emailed to you each month.

Have a wonderful weekend –




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