FPP - Sparklers & Flags

Sarah Gozzo 




OLFA’s self healing rotating mat comes in 2 sizes: 12” and 17”.

This mat is a game changer!

With a secure non slip base and super smooth rotating performance, this mat is most excellent for intricate projects like foundation paper piecing. When working on an FPP block, I always use OLFA’s rotating cutting mat with a seam roller for pressing, OLFA’s 45mm rotary blade and OLFA’s super grippy frosted advantage rulers. Being able to cut and press my work on a single surface eliminates the need to go back and forth between a cutting mat and ironing board. The ability to simply rotate my work without having to reposition it saves a lot of time and frustration. OLFA’s rotating mat truly is supremely efficient.



For this project I've designed 2 simple foundation paper pieced blocks. You can use them individually as mug rugs or piece them together to create a mini quilt, a place mat or a table runner! Check out my Instagram IGTV @princess_ina_pouch or my YouTube channel ‘Princess In A Pouch’ for video instruction if you’re new to FPP.


Finished block size 8.5”


Materials needed for this project:


2 FPP templates printed, ‘Flag’ and ‘Sparkler’ (download)

OLFA RM-17S 17" Rotating, Self-Healing Cutting Mat

OLFA QR-6S 6 1/2" Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler

OLFA 45mm RTY-2/C Quick-Change Rotary Cutter, Aqua

OLFA QR-1x12 1" X 12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler

Seam Roller

Scraps of fabric

Border fabrics, 1.5” strips

Glue pen


For mug rug, make one prepared block.

For mini quilt or placemat make 4 prepared blocks.

For table runner make 8 prepared blocks.

For all of the above options, follow the directions below.


Directions to make a prepared block:

  1. Complete the FPP block. (See available instructional videos).
  2. Use OLFA’s 6.5” square ruler to trim block to finished size of 6.5”.
  3. Remove all paper pieces. 
  4. Give block a good press with a hot iron and starch.
  5. Attach 1.5”x6.5” border strips to the left and right sides of the block.
  6. Attach 1.5” contrast squares to each end of (2) 1.5”x6.5” long border strips.
  7. Attach the prepared strips from step 6 to the top and bottom of your block.
  9. Make a quilt sandwich by layering the backing fabric and the batting with your prepared block on top. Quilt as you wish and bind the way you like! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Quilt project:)