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Friday, June 15, 2012

Paper Piecing - should come with a warning!




                                   Paper piecing is it a technique? or is ART?

NOT sure...
But I will tell you ever since I saw Paper piecing
by the artist in her own right Annie....
I think she did it for me...
Her Paper Piecing is ART...

I became obsessed with wanting to do this with ease...
I tried her method and I tried many paper piecing artists
methods...BUT it was not until I saw Elaine 's
 post here  on Sew We Quilt..
that I thought I can do this with Freezer Paper...


 That weekend I headed out to our retreat and no other than Christine,
my dear quilter extraordinaire, guided me in making Elaine's method
with freezer paper and my ADD a Quarter ruler...
( Kelly has some)
That I finally got it....Christine certainly shared my joy too lol.


I don't think I could have made these cereal bowls had
it not been for this ruler..YEAH ADD a quarter...
and a few of my dearest online friends..

SEE nobody does it alone..not even me... lol

Sew the bowls yes my chintz bowls...I ordered
this out of print book called Cups and Saucers
by a Dutch lady and even though it is from 2000,
and the colors were all dark ..her patterns are magnificent..
( publisher Martingale and Co)


I recently purchased this book from Martingale & Co.


Create delightful paper-pieced quilts and showcase a subject you love--sewing! Discover 12 pictorial sewing-room blocks in both 4" and 6" sizes,  ( I enlarged all of mine) plus a larger block depicting Sunbonnet Sue quilting. Choose from eight quilt patterns and turn your blocks into small wall quilts, or make a sampler quilt using all 13 block designs.

 What is nice too, is you can purchase this in the download version...did not have to wait for it...



WE are having a blog hop soon for
RED white and Blue, it begins July 1st....
we have over 90 participants...
Jane from Jane's fabric is our hostess....

I am doing nothing but paper piecing blocks...
sew far I am up to 16.....yep, paper piecing 
has kind of hooked me.... or some other term
that would reflect this amazing technique or art???

sneak peak of some I have created....

My heart is now sew into this ....I have made a few diff't hearts...


 Took me a few tries to get my geese flying in the right direction...


Oh and of course you would be surprised if I did not have something
coffee related...? 


What books, paper piecers have you been inclined to look too?
Who are your new teachers....?
Should we have a future paper piecing blog hop????
I am in lol

Will I ever stop? well not at the moment anyway..
there is still a few days before July 1st...


ps. Sharon provided us all with some wonderful links..
some I was aware of and others welllllllll I am just over the top
excited to share with you as soon as I hear from the designer.....for now..
thanks to Sharon..


Sharon has a lot of Carol Doak books/CD's, but also these sites/piecers
she recommends...
:
http://www.heleenpinkster.nl/English/index.htm
http://www.forestquilting.com/
http:/www.piecebynumber.com/bom.htm
http://www.reginagrewe.de/00main/05gratismuster_e.html
http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/index.php
http:/www.quiltdesignwizard.com/qdw/default.asp
http:/www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
http:/www.paperpanache.com/index.htm

and google these ladies...
lindakl, quirkygranolagirl, verykerryberry, charise, ayumills, jennifer ofenstein


82 comments:

  1. Oh Samm that Cereal Bowl is just adorable!! Maybe after a hundred Blocks I will try Paper Piecing. I am still on my first, but almost done for the R/W/B Blog Hop. This Block I created myself and so far so good. I am anxious to see all the ones you are creating.

    I also LOVE the New Blog Look, it's Perfect!!

    Have a Great Week End!!

    Huggs, Nancy

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    1. Hi Nan, cereal bowls, yes and if I knew how to fill them with something, I would do that too...all new to me...and 1 block is a start....you can't use up all your inspiration up can you lol....

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  2. Yes, paper piecing can be additive! I love your teapot, the fabrics are beautiful.

    There are quite a few sites that you can get free patterns, just in case you are not sure your going to like paper piecing. Find a small block to try and have fun.

    They are:
    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    http://www.forestquilting.com/masterlistfree.html

    Have a great day, Sheila

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    1. HI Sheila, thank you for your nice compliment..I will take that with a smile lol...and thanks for the links...I knew of Carol but not the other....such a pleasure....

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  3. What sweet cereal bowls and that tea pot is just too cute!! All of your blocks are sew wonderful!

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    1. Good Day Connie...ahhhh you are just too kind...if you look close enough I have made errors, but each one does get better....have you done some pp...

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  4. Oh, yes! I have caught the paper piecing bug as well! I have been sticking with foundation piecing as I had trouble with freezer paper piecing....may have to give it another go! The Sew Out Loud QAL got me completely hooked, although I had done a couple of things before that. Love your coffee pot!!

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    1. Yes I tried foundation piecing....not sew good at that...I think it is whatever you are taught first..your fingers and mind find a pattern...well you know what I mean...practice makes it sew you don't have to think about it...but trust me I think about every step lol

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  5. I'd love a PP blog hop, but may need help posting a PDF of a PP file then on my blog. love your blocks.
    I've been part of a geese in a ring swap, that was due either january or february, but haven't gotten any blocks back yet-- bummer! I like to design PP patterns in EQ as well.
    I still have my FIRST PP quilt top I made, I didn't know then to reduce the stitch length, so it's a PAIN to rip out the paper now....

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    1. Good day lovely...ahhhhh doing up your own patterns, I am in awe...that is what I want to do next..but have no idea...I can certainly do graphics, how hard would that be>???? yep hard enough, I don't even know where to start...

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  6. I am also addicted to PP. I have used both methods, foundation and freezer paper. All my blocks for the red, white and blue hop are PP stars (some I drew up myself) but you will have to wait to see. ☺ Can't wait to see all your creations!
    I have the same book, Cups and Saucers...some great patterns in it! Love your coffee pot!

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    1. OHhh you too...I am sew glad I am not in a party of one..I knew I wasn't ..I think what kept me away from PP, is I always thought the colours they chose were blah..not all, but most..Now I realize with the right contrast colours and hues, you can make PP look absolutely inviting...and don't you just love that book..again, old look but a few new designer fabrics and bam....lol I look forward to seeing what you have been up to..

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  7. I love your coffee pot. So cherry. Yes I agree paper peiceing is so addictive. I prefer that to peicing. My favorite book on paper piecing is: Quilting Made Easy Its all paper piecing.
    I think a paper peicing blog hop would be fantastic.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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    1. ahhh yes Cherry indeed...now piecing, you mean just sewing blocks lol. Tanks for the book reference, I will certainly check that out..like to start a mini library, and do them all..ok, maybe not all..lol.

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  8. Sweet Coffee Pot! I just started PP a few months ago. I look forward to the RWB Hop! Judith, Texas

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    1. Ohhhh Judith me too...sew have you started making some PP...what have you made?

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  9. OH NO! I haven't even tried it and I think you've got me hooked. Love the flying geese circle. I know I've seen those instructions somewhere - do you have to know where I can find them? Your work is beautiful. Love that you can delete a comment that had a typo! Sorry about that.

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    1. http://piecebynumber.com/pastbom/CircleOfGeese-PieceByNumber.pdf found it..copy this link..this will have you making the flying geese in no time..but be sure you cut only 4 of one pattern...you will know why? lol and thanks for your lovely note Beverly

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  10. Morning Madam Samm. You have to check out Sonja at http://artisania.wordpress.com/. A wonderful, young Canadian quilter,paper piecer, artist in BC! Phenomenal!

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    1. No really she is Canadian..yeah....I have seen some of hers and she is just remarkable..seriously I want to make some patterns..love to turn some of my graphics in pp...what do you think? lol

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  11. Carol Doak, is, IMO, the queen of paper piecing. I first learned about it from her almost twenty years ago, and still love her "50 Paper Pieced Stars" book which allows you to mix and match segments to create an incredible variety of stars. That said, I only do the foundation paper piecing and have not tried freezer paper piecing. It looks interesting but I think I am too lazy to draw - by hand - all the lines onto the freezer paper rather than just printing things off on the printer!!

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    1. HI Kristen...and yes could not agree more with you...Carol is the queen of PP. I did try her method...but I got sew used to outlining and making the patterns larger, I like the freezer paper....I think it really has a lot to do with what you started with..Elaine showed me her method..and I was hooked...

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  12. I LOVE paper piecing. My first "teacher" was Carol Doak. I have not tried the freezer paper method, but it looks interesting. I think a blog hop for it would be a blast!!!! I love the coffee pot.

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    1. ahhh then we will have to consider having one yes lol. and Carol's books, I have a couple of them..as I get more familiar with freezer paper method, I am more apt now to try new designs..I think we get good just by doing...I am certainly getting lots of practice lol Thanks for your note my dear..I am pouring...cream or sugar

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  13. ooh, you're making me want to drive down the street (literally) and take the Martingale tour again. That cup and saucer book is calling my name. Wonder if they have it in their hurt book room?

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    1. Ohh Martingale is near you..lucky you..the cup and saucer book is out of print but I think if enough people asked for it..I bet they would consider ...yes? I purchased mine on ebay...I think I ended up paying double for the book..but I am telling you even that was worth it..the designs are lovely...

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  14. You are so right. Buffie (my teacher) said she would make a pp out of me and she sure did. I've been making log cabins with a fussy cut center. They are so much fun and will make a nice kid's quilt. I've tried some other more intricate items without much luck, but these log cabins are great for me, and the paper is so easy to remove. About a year ago I tried Beth's flying geese without much success, but was able to make the coffee pot, which turned out pretty nice.

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    1. ohhhh go back and try the flying geese..that one was my easiest of course after I did it 3 times lol

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  15. I love,love PP.Only one book,50 Paper Piecig Stars by Carol Doak.I haven´t tried the freezer paper method.A blog hop,will be fantastic!

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    1. Ahhh thanks for the tip Rosa...and yes I think we just may have to do a blog hop on pp...yes I think sew

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  16. Great job! The cereal bowls are really a treat!

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    1. ahhh sweet note for my bowls...taste lovely lol

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  17. I'm in for the paper piecing blog hop! Carol Doak has wonderful books. I still use my CD "Sew Perfect" all the time! Then there's the book "365 Foundation Quilt Blocks" - a pattern for every day of the year - including one of the Chicago skyline! Fantastic! Any Swedes are there? I have a pattern for the Dala Horse! A little intense - but worth the time!!

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    1. Of course you would be Elaine..YOU are most certainly the reason why I have become somewhat obsessed..love the books titles...365...surely I could not do that lol

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    2. I've been looking for a paper pieced Dala horse. Are you sharing your pattern? You can contact me Cathyap AT comcast.net

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  18. Love your work. The coffe pot is so cute. One of my first teachers was also Carol Doak. I also have her CD Sew Prcise. Books-- 365 Foundation Quilt Blocks, Down in the Valley, great for house blocks and I also get many from Quilters Cache. And of course help from Elaine!
    Blog Hop, you bet!!

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    1. well my dear if you think I am going to tackle the 365 blocks...no way...I don't want to play the Julia and JULIE thing in PP. I think I will let someone tackle that lol. And Elaine, she is sew bad isn't she? To think a simple tut ( included in post) could create so much interest in PP. love it...

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  19. hahaha...come with a warning! It seems that the things I struggled with the most are my favorite techniques! I struggled with pp'ing for such a long time until I made it simple and enjoyable for myself. I struggled with fabric postcards until their appearance and durability for mailing satisfied me. And you've come a long way from the struggles yourself. Your new bowls are so pretty! Love that sewing notions book...gonna look into that one! Thanks!

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    1. ahhhh but Annie your fabric postcards is what I do believe was one of the first things I saw that you made..I was hooked...kept saying to me self.....lol
      "how in bleep did she do that?" lol still not sure how you do most of them...I do basic stuff...I just enlarge it to make it well out there in your face lol...
      I still struggle ---you never see the stuff I put in the waste basket...it is full lol

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    2. I love Annie's postcards and remember the first time I saw them--I was totally amazed!

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    3. heh, I did not know we can reply to a reply..ok cool @

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  20. wow lovely work! I think you might be over 20 blocks by the time the blog hop starts :)

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  21. Ahhhh Hailey,,,,,you may have something there....lol that could make 2quilts,,,

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  22. I have a lot of Carol Doak books/CD's, but also these sites/piecers:
    http://www.heleenpinkster.nl/English/index.htm
    http://www.forestquilting.com/
    http://piecebynumber.com/bom.htm
    http://www.reginagrewe.de/00main/05gratismuster_e.html
    http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/index.php
    http://www.quiltdesignwizard.com/qdw/default.asp
    http://www.caroldoak.com/free-quilt-patterns.php
    http://paperpanache.com/index.htm

    and I design my own

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    1. Ohhh Sharon...I found one of the patterns, that I am just waiting for her to get back to me...that would make a great blog hop...to you the credit...oh my I am just in love with the possibilities ..and it is not a hard one...yeah....thanks sew much for the great links..I found a couple just recently and ordered patterns already...but a lot of them are knew...Do you mind if I copy them to the post...I think many would benefit....?

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  23. For those of you who might be looking for a copy of Cups and Saucers, it looks like Amazon has several copies available!

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    1. That is good to know..when i was looking there were none except ebay.

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  24. Ohhhhh wow Sharon..and you design too. How did you learn how to do that??

    This is a great list thank you on behalf of all us wantobees.

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  25. So wish there was going to be a retreat where we could all get together and learn new skills. I know that a lot of groups and teacher do this but wondered if you had ever thought about it? On a side note still blocking in Oklahoma!

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    1. Ohhh goodness me Leesa..I am the last person anyone should think of....I can barely teach myself...my basket is just full of rejects...but what I lack in skill I certainly make up in a very stubborn streak to perfect this...lol but thank you sew much for considering me....surely someone out there will think about this....lol

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    2. oh and ps...blocking in Oklahoma..I know what that means lol YEAHHHHHh

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  26. Oh, I wish I could share everyone's thrill for paper piecing but alas, I just don't get it. I just haven't found the technique I can handle. I do like hexies with PP foundations but that's about it. I prefer traditional block piecing. Perhaps, if I ever had some one on one tutoring I could master it but for now I'll simply be an appreciative bystander in the world of paper piecing!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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    1. Jane check out the links...especially ours with Elaine..once you try her method you will be surprised how easy it is...it is sew darn precise...I remember when I first saw quilts, I thought no way would I ever be able to figure it out...now look....lol I am paper piecing lol

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  27. I love, love, love paper-piecing. I discovered Jennifer at SewHooked has great patterns and I love Carol Doak for traditional patterns and techniques in paper-piecing. There are SEW many bloggers out there besides me that do paper piecing, I think a Blog Hop would be amazing fun! Let's do it.

    Your R/W/B blocks look great. I'm working on mine now and hope to have a bunch to share on my day...maybe not 16+ like Madame, though.
    Marsha
    Quilter in Motion

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    1. Marsha will not have 16 noooooo you kidding me right? I think I may have a few more than that...maybe...sew yes I think we need to have a future blog hop in pp...I found this pattern, and as soon as the lady is awake I will share and see what you all think....mmmm

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  28. I should have given the full web address for Jennifer's Sew Hooked site. It's www.sewhooked.com and she has a list of places to go for instructions, patterns, etc. her Sew Hook shop has the greatest patterns for various interests. I used her Tardis pattern for my SIL for Christmas last year. He's a Dr. Whoo fan. Nice resources showing up in the comments. Thanks everyone.

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    1. Thanks Marsha....I will add her to the list...she is the one who does the videos yes?

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  29. I just came back from the NC Quilt symposium and had a great class with Mary Kay Mouton - Flip Flop Paper Piecing. Great Teacher, great technique! My first try at paper piecing.

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    1. Hi Eileen, ok, this lady I don't know about...and flip flop pp, is new to me too....will look into this...does she have a blog, ?

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  30. I adore your little blocks! Your choice of fabrics is always so fresh and you have become a paper-piecing expert...really! Love the way you have replied to the comments and am so excited to see so much education in one post about pp....hw wonderful this blog community continues to be. Counting the days 'till July 1...lots of red, white, and blue mystery blocks in my sewing corner! Also love your new signature...too cute! Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Hi Lesley, we'll I am glad you like what I have done sew far, cause I think you will be surprised at the rest...lol and expert no way, why do you think I keep making more...I am trying to get to the point where I will won't be filling my trash bin with rejects lol I look forward to seeing yours...you have a great authentic spin to what you do...

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  31. Wooooo! Your blocks are gorgeous! You're on quite a roll! I, too, have learned to paper piece lately. Since I love modern Japanese fabrics, I'm keen on patterns by Japanese fabric designers like Suzuko Koseki and Kumiko Fujita. Also, on Flickr there are some fantastic piecers and piecing groups. Piecers like: lindakl, quirkygranolagirl, verykerryberry, charise, ayumills, jennifer ofenstein. All are incredible, plus there are many, many others.

    Thanks for listing all of the resources you did!

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    1. Ohhhh what a list of ladies...and japanese fabric I have seen some and familiar with Kumiko, she has a book out of print that I tried to get...will keep adding to list, thanks sew much...

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  32. This post is great. I always wonder paper piecing has no limits.
    Thanks!

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    1. Rumi hello there...and I could not agree more with you...I think if I can figure out how to do them, I will turn some of my graphics into pp....but I don't think that will be for some time lol

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  33. great blocks. looks like you are having a lot of fun.

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    1. Ohhhhh my goodness Carrie, i dont' think that adjective says enough, I have become obsessed with it. It is miuch more than fun it tests
      You like nothing else i have experienced in quilting.....but then tha tmis me lol

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  34. I am an admirer of all things pp but find it a difficult skill to master, I definitely agree that the sewhooked.com and verykerryberry sites are wonderful for all their information. The Flickr group Sew Out Loud QAL has some beautiful free patterns from talented designers focused around sewing.

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    1. Good day
      Kris, listen i was so intimidated i thought i will never learn this, find someone who can show you their
      Method,,,you need sew little material to do this .....you too will wonder why you did not learn this sooner.

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  35. The paper piecing blog hop sounds wonderful - i'd love to be part of it!!

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  36. Good morn
    Charise, the one and only
    Charise....welll my dear if you want to be in a blog hop, we most certainly would hug you to bits...ok i will.....I will work on this asap."details to follow."

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  37. Your blog is fabulous, I love your gorgeous teapot! :)

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    tablecloth linen

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    1. Mornin Carla, and thank you, drop in again...

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  38. Oh, Samm! Your PP blocks are so adorable, as usual! Look at all your red/white/blue lovliness! I remember when you posted about your discovery of paper-piecing (kid in a candy shop), haha. Don't you love the precision and teeny perfect points you can achieve with paper piecing, and the freezer paper method where you don't actually have to stitch through the paper but keep it folded... amazing! I'm also a fan of using a glue stick to achieve the same result, then I can print the patten on paper, but don't have to spend a billion hours picking out teensy bits of perforated paper confetti, lol. A PP hop would be so fun!! Count me in!

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    1. Ohhh Deonn, well you know you have been an amazing inspiration to me...now don't look to closely, my points need some practice, which is why today I am working on a very special project ...lol glue stick method..you may need to show us all that one...

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  39. I Love Paper Piecing! I Love your Blocks for the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop! This sounds like a Great Blog Hop. I hope
    I can participate!

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    1. Well dear Sandy, I can't see why you couldn't participate...this blog hop will likely happen in August...mid.to late...will have more info soon...
      and thanks for popping in ..

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  40. Oh, my, that teapot is just so cute as are the bowls, oh and the geese, and....whatever! You just do such fun things. I'm in on the paper piecing or anything else you want me to do. I'll follow you anywhere, but remember I tend to make a mess of anything you so beautifully create. LOL!

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  41. Ok ok ok...now Carol I have seen some of your masterpieces..you are good...if something I make looks good it is all I want you to see...I will never show you my wastebasket of rejects..why do you think I do things over and over and over again....It does not come as easy for me like it does you pros..

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  42. I love the pieced heart. My daughter was born on Valentines day last year, so I am always looking for new ways to create hearts. I love paper piecing because there are no limits to what you can do. I love your blog. I am new to this blogging world and I am glad to have found your site.

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    1. and hello Adelene...gosh that is a pretty name.....and welcome..glad you found us...and yes creating hearts..well when we do the blog hop in red white and blue..you will note I have done a few diff't ones...

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  43. I haven't tried any paper piecing yet but I want to soon. I love all your blocks and can't wait to see them all. Now I know why you are last on the R,W & Blue blog hop....you need time to make even more.

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