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Paper piecing – a new love !!

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Paper Piecing has definitely become a new love of mine.  I have just completed this Giraffe.  This Pattern is made by Tartan Kiwi, and it is a big project – but look at the results !!

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Tartan Kiwi’s Pattern has a completely black background – and I just love how you can change the fabric – and therefore change the personality of the Quilt.  This Quilt is now hanging from my bedroom door, until I decide how to Quilt it.  I’m thinking something to distinguish the character of the sky and the grass !  Tartan Kiwi has also made a Zebra – Paper piecing pattern which I think is next on my to do list !! The size of this Mini Quilt is 25×34″ so it is not small !!

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This is an example of my planning stage.  I have my colouring pencils (which I borrow from my daughter) and the perfect giraffe fabric I found at work !

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Gradually the features and personality of the giraffe come together.  I have my scraps colour coded so I often have by blue box just sitting there and dig deep to find the right size piece.  So the piecing is very much trial and error.  When you start paper piecing it is quite difficult sometimes to determine how much fabric you need, so it is a bit of trial and error.  I read in a pattern recently that you should cut your pieces an inch larger than the shape on your paper – but that is quite large and you will waste a lot of fabric this way.  I’m not sure what the answer is, but I will give you a guide as I learn also…….  Paper pieced Patterns don’t often include the amount of fabric needed, which I find interesting.

Two other paper pieced projects I have completed lately are the beach scene which I have created for my #beachboundswap partner and another is the owl by Elizabeth Hartman.  The owl pattern is not an original paper pieced pattern.  I have reduced it’s size substantially (~60%) so that it fits on the side of an one hour (and the rest….) basket.

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Once the Owl was significantly smaller there were a lot of very small pieces to work with, and I find paper piecing allows me to manage the pieces and even seams better!

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This Australian Beach Scene I have created for a swap, and this Mini Quilt will be sent overseas.  Hence the little bits of Australia in it – the golden beach, seagulls, starfish in rock pools, yellow/ red to represent our lifeguards and a touch of Terra Australis – representing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  My mission this weekend is to Quilt this Mini so it is ready to send in September.  To create this scene I have used the “Spring Fling Pattern” by JMZBlond on Craftsy, and the Turtle is by SewHooked  .

Definitely give paper piecing a go -you can find patterns for any animal, Frozen characters that would make great pillows – it is really like sewing a picture !!  I love it !!

Have a great weekend !!

Leanne 🙂

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A Quilt along with a HUGE commitment.

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A Quilt Along !!  There has been sooooo….. much excitement in the Quilting Hive this month with the announcement of The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Along !!

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This Quilt Along is being hosted by the gorgeous Angie aka Gnome Angel and the Fat Quarter Shop.

 

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I have never participated in a Sew / Quilt Along before, so embarking on 99 Blocks is huge.  Some of my favourite bloggers are also hosting some of the tutorials e.g. Blossom Heart Quilts,  Ms Midge  and verykerryberry….  so this should be a lot of fun.

To Participate you need to purchase Laurie Hird’s book – Wow the letters are fascinating to read, and the blocks are lovely – the challenge will be – the size.  All the 99 blocks are only 6.5″ square – Wow !  That is half the size of most of the blocks I create at present.  The book has a gorgeous layout – easy to read and see the blocks.  There are blocks you can print out and colour to see if your colour choice will work !!  A beautiful book to have on the coffee table to flick through at leisure until the quilt-along gets under way!

This book is accompanied by a CD that has all the paper piecing patterns for each block !! The next dilemma was the use of Templates or to paper piece ???  Marti Michell has 5 sets of templates that will help you cut all the blocks.  It was very tempting to buy all 5 sets – especially when I found them at the Quilting Shop I work in  – but I have decided to put more $$ into the fabric I will use than the templates.  I can’t help but think it would have been nice for the Fat Quarter Shop to put to together a kit of the Essential Templates for this Quilt Along – especially as over 2000 Quilters have joined across the world !!

The next incredibly important decision is the FABRIC.  I’m not one who takes a long time pondering over my fabric choices.  I tend to have my favourite fabric designers and colours which has held me in good stead so far……  I came across this assortment of 1930s fabrics and loved them.

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This is just the start, and from this selection I will add in solids and more modern fresh fabrics.  This Fabric Selection certainly increased my excitement A LOT !!  Many of the 99 Blocks in this Quilt Along are quite traditional – and I’m hoping to put a Modern spin on them (fingers-crossed).

Many are now awaiting the 28th of September, 2015, when the Quilt Along begins.  Gnome Angel will be posting tutorials twice a week for a year…… that is WOW – HUGE !! Everything about this Quilt Along is huge !!  I love it !  If you are interested it is not too late to join – pop over to Gnome Angel and join her Facebook Group

I’m looking forward to learning heaps from Quilters I have watched from afar.  You can follow my journey here as I will post my Quilt Along adventures as I go !!

I will post each week on my efforts, what I found challenging and the tips I love and made the blocks easier !!

See you next week, to see how organised I’ve become in preparing for this Quilt Along.

Leanne xx

 

 

 

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