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...

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

YOUR blog hop headquarters...

Send us a B. L. O. G H. O. P.  "announcement",
and we will let everyone know what you are doing and where you are....

We will be Blog Hop headquarters, we have many blog hops scheduled too....

If you want to know about them, let us know..
if you see them in our quilty world..
I will list them all every Tuesday!

#1 send me your button and a short summary
and I will post them here every tuesday...
send to

#2 your name and blog url would be also

#3 carry on..

Join Melissa Ann here for her tour...
Tour here!~

Hi Madame Samm! I am having a book tour this week for my book, A Year of Making Life Beautiful: 45 Projects to Make, Grow, Craft, and Sew.  It is set up in months, each month containing a quilt pattern, recipe or two, craft or two and something about the garden. Available in spiral bound or hard cover at find it here! It's over on Friday.

A new MOM and her design for a baby quilt

Just right for baby. Hi, I'm Dorian from Ridge Top Quilts. Thanks for inviting me Samm.

I made this quilt originally for a challenge I did with my online quilting group. It's quick and easy and I thought you'd all might like it.

You can use a charm pack, 5 FQ's (fat quarters) and a 1 yrd of background or cut into some yardage. As this pattern mainly consists of 5" squares, made into HSTs (half square triangles).

I used some yardage, for the quilt in this tutorial. But I made it with a charm pack for my challenge, which I'll show you at the end of the tutorial.

You will need:

Three 4.5" dark blue squares.
Twelve 5" pink squares.
Ten 5" light green squares.
Six 5" purple squares.
Two 5" dark green squares.
Eight 4.5" dark green squares (cut down charm squares if using).

You will need a half a yard of background fabric.
From the back ground fabric cut:

Six 5" squares
Twelve 4.5" squares
Two 24.5" x 4.5" strips
Two 35"x 4.5" strips
Two 32.5"x 4.5" strips
Two 42.5"x 4.5" strips

On a piece of paper, make a grid like the one below. Coloring in the squares so that you know where you'll be placing your HST's.

Take your squares and place them right sides together.

Six Pink and White squares.
Six Pink and light green squares.
Four light green and purple squares.
Two dark green and purple squares.

Draw a diagonal line on each set.

Take your pile over to the sewing machine, and sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn line.

Cut apart on the drawn line.

You should now have:

12 pink and white HST's
12 pink and light green HSTs
8 light green and purple HSTs
4 dark green and purple HSTs

Iron them open and trim to 4.5". When I trim HSs, I use the 45 degree line on my ruler. Put that 45 degree line right on top of the seam on your block. And line up the place where the 45 degree mark and the 4.5" line meet, right at the corner of your block.

Cut your 3 dark blue squares in half, so you have six 4.5"x2 1/4" rectangles.

Now lay everything out on a table, placing all the colors where they need to go. Look at your drawing, to make sure everything is right.

Sew your six rectangles in a line.

Sew your wings together. Here's how I do mine. First sew this way.


Then sew this way.

Do both wings. Then sew wings to either side of 'body'.

Sew a dark green 4.5" square to either side of both 35"x4.5" white strips. And to either side of both 42.5"x4.5" white strips.

Sew a 24.5"x 4.5" strip to both sides of your butterfly.

Now sew the 35.5" x4.5" strips, with the corner blocks on them, onto the top and bottom.

 Next add the 32.5" x 4.5" white strips to the sides.