While many are panicking, I’m sitting back. It’s not that I don’t believe the virus deserves consideration, it’s that I live rural…to be honest, I don’t encounter a lot of people who travel. I’m a homebody girl. Yes, I know I could easily get COVID-19, but I’m really not expecting it to come to me…but if it does, I’m preparing for quarantine. (this is said entirely tongue and cheek) While others are chasing down toilet paper…I’m chasing down projects (as if I don’t have enough already). I saw these on Mary’s Country Threads blog. Aren’t these little house pincushions so cute?? Mary said that Connie is teaching a class and she’s giving out these to the people in class. The participants have to put the sand in the pincushion and stitch them shut but seriously, how cute?!
..and what a precious gift!? Can you imagine making that many and gifting them all? Connie is a sweetheart for sure.
Mary and Connie are selling the pattern. You can find it HERE. I jokingly thought to myself if my childcare has to close, I could make a few of these on my time off and be ahead on Christmas gifts. I did order the pattern. I just can’t believe how cute they are. Aren’t Connie’s colors awesome??
I sent a note to Mary and Connie requesting the pattern. It’s $5. Info is in the link above….anyway, the note I wrote was this…
“I’m sure I didn’t know how to paper piece when this pattern first came out. I do now, so I need the pattern”.
I do adore the houses….Who knows if I’ll ever get to them but if I do, I’ll have the pattern.
That got me thinking as to how paper piecing evolved for me. I had hated it….I had done a wall hanging with tulips. I loved the finished work but hated the paper piecing. It was too putzy for me.
Then I made this quilt….It is Crab Apples from Bonnie Hunter’s book
Here it is finished. This is one of the first quilts that I really went scrappy with.
I loved it scrappy and loved the finished quilt…however, I hated most everything about making this quilt.
I hated having to paper piece.
I put the sewing machine needle through my finger sewing the blocks together.
I broke the needle threader on my machine making the quilt.
In reality, all that was paper pieced on this quilt is the “tree trunk”.
I look at that now and LAUGH…that’s hardly paper piecing!!!
After that, my next paper piece project was this….I know, WOW, right?! How does one go from hating paper piecing to tackling a LARGE quilt that is entirely paper pieced. Two answers:
1- I wanted to.
2- I learned a trick from Bonnie Hunter to print the paper pieced pattern onto tracing paper. I could see through it and it made all the difference.
These were intensely pieced. Each block is only 5″.
It took me a LONG time. It’s a quilt I am most proud of as far as accomplishments go.
I really do want to go on and make another large paper pieced quilt. I have two in mind. I’ve worked on a few blocks of each. One is my own design and the other is Bonnie Hunter’s Wild and Goosey.
I think it’s so interesting how quilting skills evolve. 15 years ago there is no way I would have touch paper piecing. Now, I’m looking forward to a paper piecing project. I often think that learning something new is two fold….you have to really want to and there has to come a point where something clicks. For me, that “click” was Bonnie Hunter saying to use tracing paper. It really did make all the difference for me. I could see through the fabric and through the paper and see the line. I could see that the piece I was adding was in seam allowance and once I sewed, everything would be okay.
I did a little how-to HERE.
I’m really proud of myself for sticking with is and learning the skill of paper piecing. I’m so thankful that something “clicked” and I figured it out.
Now I wish something would click and I’d enjoy applique. So far I’ve tried but never loved it. Is there a quilting skill you wish would “click”?
I’m looking forward to the little houses….and I’m so thankful that I didn’t give up on paper piecing.