Adventures in Paper Piecing

Starry Path

I have had the bug to create some scrappy stars for quite some time. Since I had finished a few UFOs (unfinished objects), I felt like I earned the right to start another project…which may or may not become another UFO in the stack! I went online looking at all sorts of star blocks. I’m not really sure what I was thinking given my hatred for angles. I just love how they look finished!

I found this block called Starry Path 2 and it looked right up my alley. I sort of disregarded the fact that it was a paper pieced block. How hard could it be, right? First, I would highly recommend to those that have never done paper piecing, read some directions. Which I didn’t. I figured I would just cut all the pattern pieces out, cut the fabric 1/4″ bigger than all the pieces, and sew them together in the right number order. In theory, that works. In reality, things just did.not.line.up.straight. At the end of the day my block would not lay flat.

Attempt #2. I read the directions and did the paper piecing. It still took me an hour to make the block you see above and I was ripping stuff out left and right. And I wasted quite a bit of fabric. But my block actually worked! I’m not sure if I have it in me to make enough of these for even a small wall quilt. That was my original plan. Maybe over time. Maybe this is destined to become part of a pillow….

Any words of encouragement from paper piecing experts?

Mini Patchwork

Mini Patchwork

I was itching for some instant gratification today, so I decided to make a little patchwork mini quilt. Well, just the top was finished before the kids woke up from their naps. The star of the show is an adorable Japanese fabric I’ve been stashing for quite a long time. I added some of my favorite coordinating prints and I just think it really pops.

Anyone else enjoy the smaller projects? I love making larger quilts, but sometimes these minis are just so fun and make me feel like I’m not taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish everything.

Twin Quilting

Quilting Twin

I thought I’d share this photo to show that I’m not just lazing around over here. ;-) One thing I’ve learned on this latest project – a twin quilt is bigger than it sounds! I am in the process of quilting it using my fancy new Bernina Stitch Regulator. Which I love by the way. I’m about 1/5th the way done and am hoping between nap time and the weekend, I’ll be binding by Sunday night.

I also had to share this next photo for everyone to see my “cage”. LOL Yep, this is what happens when you want to sew but have an adorable, 8 month old trouble maker crawling everywhere. We have a finished basement which is our playroom and I’ve put my sewing area down there so I can work while the kids play. Kyler loves getting under my sewing table and going straight for the cords! It’s funny because he will crawl up to the gate and cry, it’s almost like he thinks HE’S the one in the cage, not me! I’ve promised myself that after this quilt is done, I will clean up my space and take a proper picture to share. I swear I’m not normally this messy!

Sewing cage