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 –




Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

11 Responses to “Free Split Hatchet Paper Piecing Pattern”

  1. Oh now this is a scrap buster, Im currently doing a pp fan project that I think I have deloved an addiction for hahahaha. A big thank you for this pattern and isnt it nice to have a way to use those favourite pieces :)

  2. Thanks for sharing the Hatchet Block tutrorial – I must have a go – I love it – love multi colour multi fabric quilts. I have always wanted to try paper piecing and this is simple enough for me to start on – thanks. Is it paper pieced for accuracy? Is it possible to make it without paper piecing? Just curious.

    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  3. thanks for the pattern!!

  4. I love the Hatchet block. A few years ago, I bought a vintage quilt at the flea market… and because it wasn’t very great quality, I’ve just been using it and loving it. But, I’ve been planning to make a new one. Anyway, I love seeing your version!

  5. Julie, thanks for a great pattern! I am using it for my Stash Bee group this month, it will be a great scrap quilt!!!
    I am punkydoodle53 on IG, we follow each other. I did not realize this was your website…very cool!

  6. Hi Julie, thanks so much for the tutorial on how to do Foundation Paper Piecing. I have tried it a few times and really enjoy the process when time permits. I also love vintage quilts, and have been on the lookout for a pattern to help use up a huge portion of my scraps, and believe you have just provided me with it. I am a long-time fan, first time commenter.

  7. Trackbacks

Leave a Reply