Noticed a paper piecing theme to my blog at all? Yes I think I’m a bit addicted. And now that I have EQ7, there’s nothing to stop me (again, thank you, most awesome parents in the world). I’m having ridiculous amounts of fun drawing up my own designs. And I am fortunate to have some lovely friends willing to test the designs so that I can share or sell them sometime!
So here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to:
I am loving this little bird. It came out just as I had hoped! I think I might have to do another one. Maybe in opposite colours to make into a little table runner or wall thingie (technical term).
A very simple little house inspired by the Summersville line. I drew up a beginner level pattern to teach Fiona (from Finding Fifth) at our paper piecing party. But somehow, I didn’t save it! I just printed it and didn’t realise til later. So Fiona learnt to paper piece on a slightly different house – still cute though! (pictures below)
So the party! There’s always a first for everything! In honour of Fiona visiting our neck of the woods, Jane invited us to her house for a paper piecing party – and to teach Fiona how to paper piece!
First, I have to pause and say… Jane doesn’t have a craft room. She has a craft studio. And it is amazing. I don’t think amazing is a good enough word for it. Honestly, if I had a room like that in my house, I doubt I would leave. She has set it up so beautifully, absolute eye candy for a crafty gal. I’d share pictures, but I don’t want to make you green with envy (and I didn’t check with the girls if they approve the photos they are in! ). Here’s her motivation/inspiration wall – love this!
So amidst a bit of munching and a lot of chatter, we all accomplished a nice little bit of paper piecing! Here’s a roundup photo taken at the end of the afternoon.
Marieka is making those ridiculously cute tea cups (free pattern at Piece by Number) and turning them into coasters. Isn’t that a fab idea?
Jane is working on a series of New York Beauty blocks. She is doing them in the most gorgeous bright colours, with a black background. It’s going to be a stunning quilt!
The plane is my latest attempt at a pattern. I did not choose good fabrics. I used a polka dot for the body of the plane which made the windows disappear. Oh and I put the cockpit window in the wrong place. Whoops! I was probably talking at the time hehe. So that needs fixing.
And Fiona’s sweet little house! Her first ever attempt at paper piecing – didn’t she do a great job!
Here are our little houses lined up together – starting their own little paper pieced neighbourhood.
And to finish off the show and tell, I have to share this amazing gift I received. I joined (and helped organise) my first ever handmade swap earlier this year. It was a secret swap which added to the fun. We have just finished having a week or so of show and tell in our handmade swap FB group. I’ve already shown you what I made, now I can show you what I received.
That’s right. I received a quilt. Can you believe it? It is sooooo stunning. So modern and fresh and the quilting… simply amazing! My partner was Kate from Kwilts by Kate (not sure why I can’t link her blog). She quilted this one with a spiral. A spiral!! It’s incredible.
A huge thank you Kate! I feel very spoilt! It’s just a gorgeous piece of work! Thank you thank you thank you!
So all in all, it’s been a fabulous weekend with lots of quilty goodness. Every weekend should be like that.