Rainbow Rays - Free Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

Rainbow Rays – Free Quilt Block Pattern

When I saw the zipper pouch swap on Instagram, I just had to join! My partner liked modern designs- so I went with a modern rainbow for the pouch. I used Quilt Assistant to create my own foundation paper piecing pattern for the top. Now, I am offering the pattern for the top of the pouch for free! You can download the pattern by clicking here! The pattern includes the foundation paper piecing pattern, some tips/tricks, and coloring sheets you can use to try out colors! Basic foundation paper piecing instructions are not included, but there is a great tutorial here!

Rainbow Rays - Free Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

I created the pattern to fit the top of the medium Open Wide Pouch Pattern, but you can enlarge/shrink if you need a different size! On its own, this block completes at 12in x 4.5in (unfinished) and 11.5in x 4in (finished). You can use the finished block as the top of an open wide pouch or make several to put together to make your own mini quilt! :)

Rainbow Rays - Free Foundation Paper Pieced Quilt Block Pattern

Overall, I am super happy with how this pattern & pouch turned out! If you use the pattern, I’d love to see what you make! Tag me on social media or send me an email at kittensandthreads@gmail.com!

 I hope you enjoy! :)


  1. Fort Worth Fabric Studio says:

    Your pouch is delightful! We are featuring your project over on the FWFS blog! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!


  2. Allison says:

    I just adore paper piecing, and this is such a great way to spruce up a simple pouch! I’m sure your swap partner will be just thrilled! Great fabric choices!

    Greetings from Germany!

  3. Vicki Craig says:

    Help! I like be the look of your block. I have downloaded the instructions that include the coloring page with hoe the paper pattern pieces go together. However, it does not show the actual patter pieces to FPP even though your instructions show how to sew the rows together to make the block. Are we suppose to enlarge that last row on the page and cut it out to make the rows or purchase the pattern somewhere. I am confused. Thanks for your help and your adorable bag.

  4. Beautiful pattern, beautiful example. Did my first one today and forgot to save the same fabrics I used for the first part of the top, so I adapted the back because I wanted to use it!! It looks great but I will do a new one using in both sides the PP pattern and I am sure it will pop up everything (I will send you a picture then). Also I discovered with you the free software Quilt Assistant and I am planning to use it a lot!!! Thank you sew much for sharing. Greetings from Costa Rica!

      • Thank you Laura… Will show you more, you already saw this one… I also will give credit to your free pattern. I was so sleepy last night but eager to share that I forgot to mention you. Now, I have a question, would it be possible to adapt this pattern to a bigger size bag?

  5. Maggie says:

    First time paper piecing and first time a zipper. All the tutorials plus your beautiful pattern motivated me to try it. I love the modern look your pattern (and the colors you have chosen) creates; so far away from the classical stuff and also suitable for younger people. Here, you can see my result: https://instagram.com/p/BJUanA0hCVI/
    I am super proud.
    Thanks for sharing, Laura! Greetings from Germany!

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