Wednesday, February 6, 2013

paper piecing and stuff

Oh, man!  Do I even blog anymore?  It's been a while, right?  So, what's been going on... I started a new job (part time at a quilt shop!)... went away for a long weekend... because it was my birthday! (yesterday. I'm officially old)... broke a toe... had to stop 2 quilts in the cutting stage while I waited for more fabric... and tried some paper piecing.

my crazy messy design wall
I've done paper piecing before, but never really loved it.  I love the detail you can achieve, though.  So when Kristy at Quiet Play was looking for pattern testers for her new paper piecing patterns I jumped at the chance.  Trying new things keeps the brain from turning to mush, right?

if only real pots stayed this clean
I'm pretty impressed!  Despite my best intentions to get going on this as soon as the pattern hit my inbox, I just kept putting it off.  Until today, that is.  A few hours at the machine later and I have a cute mini quilt for my sewing room.  And it wasn't all that painful.  I had to unpick a bit, but I remembered a tip I'd read to baste iffy pieces first before commiting to sewing them with those teeny stitches, so it wasn't as bad as it could be.

blocks "stored" on the floor
Not as bad as the tidying job I really should be tackling.  One scrap vomit, one scrappy trip, an x+, bee blocks, paper piecing, and not fully unpacking from retreat equals one horrible mess.  At least the cats like it.

beat that babe,
c

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31 comments:

  1. What quilt shop???????? How exciting!

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  2. Your poor toe! Ouch! What's the name of your shop? Now you'll have access to all the yummy fabric ; )
    Enjoy

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  3. oh man, i hear you in regards to blogging... and the mess! messy is my middle name. I hope your toe heals fast and I'm super jealous of your quilt shop gig! The pots look lovely (I saw them on IG earlier!) I'm sure my cat would love to play in your space, too :D

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  4. Love those scrappy trip blocks! And happy birthday - bet you're not THAT old ;o)

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  5. Happy Birthday! I'd ask you how old you are, but I don't want to know what age you think means "officially old". I'm scared that it's much younger than my age!

    I really like that paper pieced block. It would make a fun kitchen wall hanging.

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  6. Clearly, you've been busy. :-) Your paper-piecing looks great! And wow - do you ever have a LOT of stuff on the go! lol.

    Happy belated birthday!

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  7. Congrats on the job and the paper piecing looks fabulous.

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  8. Congratulations on the new job and happy birthday!

    Your paper pieced block turned out fabulously! I love it in the solids. Thank you for testing it for me!

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  9. Yes, you must keep learning...I live by the saying "When was the last time you did something for the FIRST time! Love the kitchen pots!

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  10. happy birthday! I love your crazy messy design wall - it's happy!

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  11. Love the paper piecing! Not a really tried it, but the new ideas and patterns are tempting me!

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  12. first, your paper piecing is gorgeous! love it! second HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! sorry about your toe! and i am with you on the no blogging... oops!

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  13. Laughing and smiling at it all except the toe!

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  14. Sorry to hear about your toe. I broke a toe when I was a kid (trying to swat a fly - lets just say that co-ordination has never been my thing) and it was pretty painful! Happy belated birthday! Your paper pieced mini is lovely - I really really like the print you used for the binding. It works so well with the retro theme of the pots.

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  15. Love your mini quilt! I`m not a great paper-piecer, but I love some of the amazing patterns out there. Thanks for sharing yours.

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  16. That first picture of your design wall is what it's all about! I love to see your in-progress snap-shots. They're always colorful and rich with inspiration. :)

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  17. I would like to say that the colors of these blocks are looking very attractive. Thank you very much for sharing such nice quilts.

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  18. Hi, haven't heard anything from you on the blog for ages... How is everything? Hope life is good x

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  19. Awesome! Keep up the good work and update more often.

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  20. I know this post is quite old but had to comment on your new job, I'm incredibly jealous!

    Hope all is wel in your kinda new job, hehe.

    xo

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  21. Love those scrappy trip blocks! And happy birthday - bet you're not THAT old ;o)

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