Paper Piecing, Log Cabins and New Fabric

This post is going to be all over the place. But that’s not always a bad thing, right? I’ve been busy sewing over the last couple of weeks. Not really finishing anything but making good progress.

First up, my Arkansas Traveler quilt. After lots of cutting, sewing diamonds, paper piecing those diamonds, trimming, trimming and trimming, I have 96+ blocks! It really feels like a huge milestone.

You can find a tutorial to make this block on Lee of Freshly Pieced’s site. Those of you with an eagle eye might notice my template is a little different than the one from the Summer Sampler Series. I’m trying out something new Lee came up with, less seams, but maybe a little trickier to assemble the final block, depending on how you feel about sewing together shapes other than squares.

I know I said I wasn’t going to share my final design until I was done. I guess I lied. Here’s the plan! This weekend/next week I’m hoping to finish the quilt top assembly.

As a bit of a personal reward for finishing all those components, I cut into the little pack of Liberty of London Lifestyle fabric I picked up at Quilt Con.

I knew I wanted to pair it with some Essex Linen in Natural. I thought it would look super cute as one of Anna’s Open Wide Pouches. Great pattern, as usual! I made the smallest size because I only had a 10″ zipper on hand. (I bought my metal zipper from Zip It on Etsy.)

The inside is Stamped by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka.

This week I also performed a little surgery on my local Modern Quilt Guild challenge quilt top. You can read up on the sadness of unmatching white fabric here.

I finished the top yesterday (happy dance!) and will share the finished quilt next week. That is a promise – it’s due Thursday!

I also have been lucky enough to receive some new fabric in the mail this week.

Windham was kind enough to send some of Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma Canvas for me to check out. I don’t think I’ve ever worked with canvas so I’m pretty excited to try something out. They also sent a charm pack of Ride, Julia Rothman’s second collection. I seriously love the little bicycle wheels. My son has already claimed this for his own, so I’m thinking of using it in some way to make him a tote bag for the library.

I also had a very happy surprise from Moda Fabrics – three layer cakes of upcoming collections.

These are S’More Love by Eric and Julie Comstock, Simply Style by Vanessa of V and Co, and Honeysweet by Fig Tree & Co. (Seriously, I don’t know how I got so lucky!)

I decided to immediately cut into Vanessa’s fabric because, well, I think she’s pretty fun. 🙂 I found a block in 163 Favorite Patchwork Patterns : Japanese Craft Book, an awesome book I purchased a few months ago from The Workroom in Canada.

I had some questions on Instagram about this book. It is all in Japanese. There are diagrams that help give ideas about block assembly, but there are no directions or sizes in English. If you like a challenge and are good at figuring things out, this is the book for you. I do, and really, what do you have to lose except a little bit of fabric? Keeps my old mind sharp. 😉

So anyway, I picked this cool design…

And started to layout a couple blocks…

And then something funny happened. I made these up at pretty much the exact same time Lee was writing up her post to announce her planned Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt Along with a very similar block! Yesterday morning we had a good laugh about how we must be totally on the save wave length after writing the book together. So! If you like the block, are interested in making the block, you are in luck because Lee’s about to start her quilt along and will have tutorials for you. Her block just has some great additional shading.

Phew! I hope some of you made it through all that! Next week is Spring Break here. (As I ignore the -4 degree wind chill and snow outside…) I’m not really sure if that means I’ll get more sewing done (not driving the kids all over the place) or less (more play time with the kids!). We’ll see. My newly 4 year old wants to put on a kid art show in the house, so we have big crafting plans. Very exciting! Have a great weekend everyone!



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    March 22, 2013

    That Arkansas traveler layout is beautiful!

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    Needle little Balance

    March 22, 2013

    I love your way of the Arkansas Traveler! Getting rid of those extra seams is great.

    As for your latest block- did you also cut out the triangles from two strips that were sewn together before? I made this with my low volumne summer quilt ( ) and it was incredibly fast. 🙂

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      March 22, 2013

      Yes! I did sew the 2 strips together and then cut the triangles. It’s super easy, as long as you remember to cut the darker color as the longer portion – which I messed up about 4 times. Ha!

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    March 22, 2013

    You are working on such beautiful projects, with so much fun fabric to use next. I love the Arkansas traveller quilt, it is so striking.

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    March 22, 2013

    Oh my!! That Arkansas Traveler is amazing!!! Your piecing is sooooo good and crispy!

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    March 22, 2013

    Your Arkansas Treaveler is going to amazing! And now that I have seen is book mentioned yet again, I finally bit the bullet and ordered it. I think wanting for it a couple years warrants finally getting it right?

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    March 22, 2013

    Wow! Everything you did is so beautiful! I love your style and choice of fabrics. Really my cup of tea 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration. It makes me want to start sewing something new right away 🙂

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    March 22, 2013

    What gorgeous fabric gifts to receive in the mail.

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    March 22, 2013

    WOW! My head is spinning! I love it all, esp. the little blocks you made from the Japanese book!

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    March 22, 2013

    I love the layout of the Arkansas traveler and your blocks are fabulous. Going to have to try that for sure

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    March 22, 2013

    That’s going to be a great quilt! Glad you’ve had some time to sew lately! Lots of goodness in this post!!

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    March 22, 2013

    oh wow! lots of fun stuff!!! total score on the fabrics, and of course that pouch is fabulous!

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    shirley tener

    March 22, 2013

    Fresh is your name….. great block

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    March 22, 2013

    I love your Arkansas Traveler layout! Will you be offering a pattern/tutorial?

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    March 22, 2013

    This post is all over the place, but it’s brimming with buckets and buckets of eye candy! I love it!!!! So much I’m speechless. I can’t decide which thing is my favorite — the paper-piecing block, the Liberty fabric or the hexie blocks.

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    Ali M

    March 22, 2013

    Wow thats a fantastic quilt top…I hate cutting diamonds but you just made it seem like it might be worth it!

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      Ali M

      March 22, 2013

      quilt top to be that is!

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    caitriona mackle

    March 22, 2013

    Love this quilt.

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    March 22, 2013

    Love the Glimma Canvas and Ride!!! Yummy fabrics!! I def. will be getting my hands on some of that!

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    Annie K

    March 22, 2013

    Lovely quilts! And that peek at Honeysweet already has me coveting it.

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    March 22, 2013

    Love the Arkansas Traveller – heck I LOVE everything.

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    March 23, 2013

    Your Arkansas Traveller quilt is going to be amazing! Love the colors and the layout. Lucky you getting so much yummy fabric in the mail 🙂

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    March 23, 2013

    Wow, that’s a lot of blocks! It’s going to look great though, and love your reward! Glad to see the surgery went well too 🙂

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    March 24, 2013

    Oh my Gosh!! I agree with everyone. So much candy! The Arkansa Traveler, small pouch. Inspirational, how do you find the time? Great fabrics too. Amazing!!!

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    March 24, 2013

    Oh, I’m looking forward to seeing that quilt top! And the new template, less seams=always better!! I can see this being a good scrap buster too. Love it, love it, love it! Well done with all that you’ve accomplished. Great work!!

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    March 24, 2013

    can’t wait to see your finished quilt – what an amazing design idea for the arkansas traveler block!

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    Pomegranate Quilts

    March 25, 2013

    I am LOVING the look of your current projects… you have such a deft and light hand with colour… can’t wait to see where this leads you…

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    Julie Naatz

    March 25, 2013

    I love EVERYTHING you do! It is so inspiring!

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    March 25, 2013

    wow, Faith, that’s a lot of beautiful sewing. You’re definitely a queen of paper piecing, I’d never have patience to put up with all that sewing and trimming. And your log cabin quilt is looking fantastic, can’t wait to see it on Thursday.

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    Judy Blinkenberg

    March 25, 2013

    All I can say is Wow!! Your work is simply amazing, your piecing is stunning. What wonderful work you do. Congratulations on your beautiful workmanship.

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    March 25, 2013

    OMGosh i don’t know which to reply to first but I can tell you your quilt (the first one with your road blocks) is absolutely beautiful…congratulations…

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    March 25, 2013

    im completely inspired – by everything you have done – makes we want to pull out all the fabric in my sewing room and spend the day making a huge creative mess!!

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    March 29, 2013

    The Japanese quilt block design is great. It’s going to be a beautiful quilt!

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    Sally Easterly

    April 1, 2013

    Your work is so colorful and beautifully crafted and sewn. I have done serious sewing for fifty years, and your website is an inspiration to me. I love the Liberty print pouch as well as your new take on the Arkansas Traveler quilt design. Many thanks.

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    April 1, 2013

    I love all of them, I especially enjoy the Fat Quarter shops material for the summer so anything that is for sewing I enjoy having and yes your site makes me want to sew everyday….

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    April 5, 2013

    What a fabulous score on the new fabrics!! I have seen the preview of Glimma and am already in love with those prints! If you don’t mind me asking, how do you get so lucky as to receive preview packs from the fabric companies?