Hans Heysen — A Pattern for Paper Piecing or Applique

Happy Monday, Quilters!

I hope you have some free time today, this week, this month…

Earlier this month, in our Saturday series, Seamstresses in Fine Art, we looked at Hans Heysen’s portrait of his wife.

It was a favorite among readers of The Inbox Jaunt and we heard from several of you who live in or have travelled to Australia and have seen the house and the painting.

Peggy–our paper-piecing pattern friend, loved the image,too–Lucky for us!

Hans Heysen, Sewing


I really did like Saturday’s art print so tackled it as a multi-method piecing project.
I simplified the lines and shapes of Heysen’s painting, using straight line sewing when possible, but adding curves to give it warmth and life. The resulting project can make use of raw edge applique, or regular applique, or layered-landscape applique. Or paper piecing with some curves and applique thrown in. Or classic template piecing (there are 89 shapes). Lines of free motion quilting can be used instead of the fine color variations in the curtains, dress, and sewing fabric, further reducing the number of pieces. FMQ might even make some interesting repeating designs for wall paper!

There are 3 PDF files:
One full-sized line drawing ( on 6 pages) for an approximate 20″ x 20″ project;
One set of all 89 individual pieces with 1/4″ seam allowances, each named with orientation, location and colors. (13 pages).
One 2 page PDF that shows a color project picture, and a second page on suggestions for breaking it into piecing sub-sections. The two JPGs attached are these same two pictures.
I’ve provided no color chart this time but expect the color photo and original artwork will provide enough guidance, and allow for personal choice.



2014Sept6HeysenSewing full sized line drawing Peggy Aare for TheInBoxJaunt-6 pages ntx

Paper Pieced pattern-Hans HeysenColor Pattern HERE

2014Sept6HeysenSewing Piecing Templates Peggy Aare for TheInBoxJaunt-13 pages

Sectioned Pattern, Heysen

Sectioned Pattern, Heysen

Download the Sectioned Pattern HERE

Thank you, Peggy for all your hard work creating this fabulous pattern.

If you have stitched any of Peggy’s fabulous patterns, WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE!  Please post them on our Flickr group–see the sidebar, or e-mail the photos directly.

The Heron was stitched by Donna Gennick–Thanks for the photo, Donna!

Here’s the link to The Heron.

The Heron, Donna Gennick

The Heron, Donna Gennick

Happy Stitching, Everyone!


PS…All images (except The Heron) are the property of Peggy and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to share with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For any other use, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!

9 thoughts on “Hans Heysen — A Pattern for Paper Piecing or Applique

    • Ah, thank you. I do love the process. Let me know if you have something personal of your own you’d like me to try. You may email me at PaperPiecingHeartland at gmail.com

  1. A beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing. I have successfully downloaded parts1 and 2 but can’t seem to get part3.???

    • Still having trouble? It’s a pdf with 13 pages.
      If so, drop me a note at paperpiecingheartland–at–gmail.com and I’ll send it directly

      • Thanks,Peggy. I have the 13 pages and the 6 pages. I was trying to get the sectioned pattern but now have been able to copy it. No problem.

  2. That is soooo fantastic – can’t wait to do it and hang it beside my print of the original!! I have almost finished Hammershoi’s Young Girl Sewing and am really pleased with it – will send you a pic when it is done. Thank you Peggy for the wonderful challenge and I am going to enter it in the local show next month.

Comments are closed.