Sunday, May 22, 2011

Paper piecing - take 1

Mystery QAL - Block 2

This is block 2 from the Mystery Quiltalong. Sheila at the Bluepatch Quilter is really challenging us in this QAL. It is my first ever finished paper pieced block. I do need some practice, there is even a tiny bit of one seam that is not sewn in that I have to figure out what to do about and a tiny bit I fixed already. And I have made every silly paper piecing mistake several times over, but I am really happy with this block.

I did spend an large amount of time trying to get the fabrics to line up in a reasonable manner, not always with success. There is a good reason why traditional quilters use small, non-directional prints!

Circle of Geese - trial run

Here is my second paper pieced block. This is one of my all time favourite blocks and look - I made it! I used the template and tutorial from the Sometimes Crafter. It is a test run for one of my quilting bees, I hope to make the actual block later today.

Paper piecing is messy!

Of course, after you do all the work, there is a considerable amount of paper and little bits left behind. This is just the final bit, I swept away the mess after each quarter of the block.

The pillow I won!!

Look at the beautiful pillow I won from Linz at Domestic Light and Magic in her 100 followers give away. It made its way across the ocean to Canada in record time. I have promised to love and nurture it so I set it down on my grandfather's chair with a teddy bear for company. It looks pretty nice in its new spot I think. Also, check out the cute little flower pin she sent too!

It's a long weekend - I hope you have time to relax.

Best,

Leanne

16 comments:

  1. The paper pieced blocks look fantastic! I love how accrate the method is - it's just about the only time my corners line up!!!

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  2. Those blocks are fantastic!

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  3. the blocks are very nice and your little pillow is a super gift. I love paper piecing. Such a nice finished look.

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  4. Yay! The cushion looks very at home there with Ted, you are welcome!

    That's fabulous paper piecing! I'm very impressed with your geese block - it's a tricky one!

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  5. Great job on the block! So grand. And lovely pillow in it's new home. Gotta love it!

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  6. Your blocks are fab! Keep going with the paper piecing - it will soon be addictive! Cute cushion from Lynz too! Jxo

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  7. Great post - love little ted with his cushion - I must show you mine one day - so to speak!

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  8. Way to rock the paper piecing!! I am impressed!

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  9. I am still struggling on the mystery quilt block piece. Yours looks great! I will work on mine again tomorrow morning. Congrats on getting it done. Funny thing is the second block that you posted (the geese in a circle) is the only other paper pieced pattern I ever printed. That is my favorite block so far. LOVE it! Great job.

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  10. Congrats on the win, the pillow is beautiful! Your paper piecing looks great! I can't wait to try it soon too!

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