Here’s how it’s going to work.
On the first of each month (starting January 1st, 2014), I will post here on my blog about one of the patterns, and list the pattern as a freebie in my Craftsy shop. It will be free for the duration of the month – after which it’ll have to earn its keep and will be available for a small fee. Then the next one will be available as a freebie! And sew on and sew forth!
We will work through the patterns going from the easiest and working up to the hardest towards the end of the year. Hopefully that will help those who are new to paper piecing to get the hang of it and gain their confidence to tackle some of the tougher blocks later down the track!
Each month there will be a linky party on my blog to share your blocks – and see what everyone else has been making! Prizes for the linky parties each month will be slightly different this time round. I won’t be lining up a bunch of sponsors like previously (sorry!) as it was a massive amount of work each month and my time is a bit limited. I will however offer linky party winners their choice of patterns from my shop as a little prize.
You can also add your finished blocks to the Quiet Play Flickr group as another way to share what you’ve been making! (That goes for any blocks made with Quiet Play patterns for that matter! )
That will take us through to September. Just like we did this year, October will be a month of rest. Or madly finishing up the blocks and making them into projects ready to share for a big Show and Tell in November! I will line up some prizes for the Show and Tell party as a bit of extra incentive to get those blocks finished!
So! Ready to see the patterns we’ll be making?! Drum roll please…
May I present… Sew Kitschy!
Miss Betty in the middle there is delighted to share her kitchen with you. She’s a big fan of a red and aqua scheme, but she doesn’t mind if you decide different colours will suit you much better.
So now you can start thinking about fabric choices! Now I know the big question is always… how much fabric?! This is always the toughest question as people use different amounts of fabric. I tend to use scraps where I can, or large chunks of fabric (I don’t cut mine to size). Roughly though, a fat quarter of background fabric will be sufficient for each block (with leftover scraps for more paper piecing!). You’ll likely need around a fat eighth of fabric for the features in the blocks (i.e. for the kettle, or the cookie jar). Hopefully that’s a helpful starting point at least!
I hope you’re as excited about it as I am! Please let me know any questions that you might have! And please feel free to tell your friends, grab a button and pop it on your blog, or pin photos of the BoM blocks. Would love if you could help me spread the word!
Betty and I are looking forward to sewing along with you next year, my friends!