The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Last month while I was away at QuiltCon, a special package arrived on my front porch: The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman. Publisher Interweave was kind enough to send me a copy to review, but being a huge fan of Penny and her designs and blog, I was planning on buying this book anyway. Penny is a major paper piecing expert. She designs patterns that you look at and think “how is that even possible???” And they are beyond cute. I wasn’t surprised when I opened her new book and loved everything I saw.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The Paper Pieced Home is 136 pages and comes with a CD of paper piecing templates. It begins by listing necessary tools/supplies and then gets into the basic steps of paper piecing these designs. This is super important (to me anyway) because these patterns have several different sections that are paper pieced and then stitched together to make your finished blocks. Penny also spends time covering fabric selection (she has SUCH a good eye for this) and more advanced techniques such as fussy cutting, sewing y-seams, and adding embellishments to your projects.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

The 40 blocks and 10 projects in The Paper Pieced Home are divided into six chapters: Kitschy Kitchen, Wear It!, Retro Home, Create & Organize, Playtime, and Get Outdoors! There are so many cute blocks in this book! A few of my favorites…

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

How great is this fruit bowl on a grocery tote? Although if my groceries leaked onto this bag I would probably cry!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

Clawfoot tub bath mat! I want this tub in real life.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

I actually made this retro couch block last week. I was so loopy with the flu that my fabric choices were absolutely horrific. I took the entire thing apart and fixed it. Which proves how delirious I actually was! I’m much happier with it now though.

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

It’s only a matter of time before I make this sewing machine for my sewing room. Penny’s class at QuiltCon made this block. Amazing!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

You can buy The Paper Pieced Home on Amazon, directly from Interweave, or (hopefully) at your local quilt shop or bookstore!

The Paper Pieced Home by Penny Layman

If you enjoy paper piecing (or learning new techniques) and making super cute blocks, this book is for you.

Spidey ~ A Finished Quilt

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Despite this lingering flu turned cold, I finished the Spidey quilt! (I apologize in advance if this post is a bit delirious!) I rallied on Tuesday night and quilted it, then added the binding on Wednesday morning. Who says you can’t pair Spiderman fabric with Denyse Schmidt and Anna Maria Horner? I think it turned out pretty cute!

Unfortunately it was a cold and dreary day, and the ground is still wet with the remnants of 5 inches of Spring snow we had on Monday. I wanted to get some better pictures before gifting it yesterday afternoon, but just didn’t have the opportunity to go anywhere besides my deck.

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I mentioned in my last post that I used the same design as my Aye Aye Captain quilt. The rectangles are cut 3″ x 10″ and there are 6 columns and 24 rows. Like the Aye Aye Captain quilt, I rounded the corners of this quilt. I just love that look! I simply turned a bowl upside down and used it to mark the corners and cut. When rounding your corners, the only thing you need to remember is to use bias cut binding so it will curve nicely around those edges. (I learned that the hard way early on into quilting).

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This time I quilted it on each side of the seams, about 1/2″ away. I just used the edge of my foot as a guide. The backing is a navy blue minky. A few of you asked if I use batting still when I make a quilt with minky. I do! I really like the weight of a quilt with a lightweight batting (I use Quilter’s Dream Request Loft) and minky.

And you can see from the quilting, it has a nice “poof” to it as well. I just use a lot of pins when basting – about one every 3 inches – and make sure the pressure of my foot when quilting is adjusted to not be super heavy. I adjusted my BERNINA 750QE pressure setting from 50 to 0 when quilting this quilt.

Hanna Hearts and Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Hanna Hearts and Spidey are now living with their new owners, a couple special new members of our family. I’m hoping they are much loved!

Spidey Quilt

Spidey Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

Oh, what a weekend. Our house was hit hard with the flu. Happy first day of Spring, right? I was actually hoping to finish this Spiderman quilt on Saturday but that didn’t happen.

Spidey Quilt Fabric : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I jokingly posted this photo of fabric on Instagram and captioned it “the things we do for kids”. I can honestly say I never thought I’d make a quilt with Spiderman fabric but as many people pointed out, these are pretty great designs as far as licensed fabric goes. And I must agree, especially the two on the left. Others commented that their little (or even big!) superhero loving son/daughter/grandson/granddaughter/wife/husband would be thrilled with something made from Spiderman fabric. So a lot of us are in the same boat. :)

These Spiderman prints are by Camelot Fabrics. You can find them at Fat Quarter Shop and Harts Fabric. I tried to pick prints that I could see being combined with modern fabrics from my stash.

Spidey Quilt Fabric Pull : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I do have the top all sewn together and the minky all set for the back. I’m using the same pattern as my son’s Aye Aye Captain quilt. It’s a great simple layout for showcasing a variety of prints and colors. Fingers crossed I am able to baste it and get quilting today!

Saturday Sales

Happy Saturday! I thought I’d share some great sales from my sponsors today. Enjoy!

My Modern Quilt Shop ~ Entire stock of Art Gallery Fabric is 20% off through Monday 3/23/15 (no coupon necessary). Check out Maureen Cracknell’s Wild & Free, Priory Square from Katy Jones, the new “Maker” collection, great deals on bundles, blenders and clearance!

Connecting Threads ~ In honor of National Quilting Day, we are having a 30% off all open stock yardage sale! Use promo code NQM15 to get the discount. The offer is only valid on Saturday, 3/21, starting at 12:01AM PST. The sale does not include precut samplers, kits, or wide backing (which is already on sale).

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