Tuesday, 9 April 2013

In Love With Paper Piecing

Pin ItIt's official. I am totally, head over heels in love!!........with paper piecing!
I have been planning my submission for Le Challenge , a new monthly crafting challenge instigated by Nat and Lucy. As well as coming up with an idea for the challenge theme.
I also like to set myself a personal challenge when entering these sorts of things, so I wanted to learn a new technique for this one. I decided to learn to paper piece. I had a very naive impression that it was time consuming, and fiddly. WRONG!! It is quick and precise and I absolutely love it!!!
I'm not going to give anymore away, as I shall be posting in more detail on this next Monday for the challenge, but I have a suspicion that not a lot else other than paper piecing will be happening in this house for the rest of the week.
Now I know that I like it I'm taking the plunge and have pressed the "Buy Now" button on Amazon to get the Farmers Wife quilt book. For those who are not quilters the Farmers Wife quilt is inspired by an arrticle in a magazine in the US.
 The 1922, The Farmer's Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?"
The best answers to this question are included in this book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired
The quilt can be made to look very different, depending on the fabrics you choose.  This was was made by Lori Holt who blogs at Bee in my Bonnet

I'm thinking of making mine using Liberty prints. I do hope the postie brings it soon, I can't wait to get started.
With all this quilting going on, I haven't forgotten my  Stashbuster project for Greenfields Africa.
I have three new items to show you.
A baby blanket-come-quilt made entirely of scraps. It's not quite a quilt because it has only a front and a back - no wadding, but that is what they need, so the Mum's can tie it around themselves like a sling to carry their little one.

A quick to knit little baby hat.

And finally a little baby cardigan.... I was very lucky with this. I had just enough yarn to finish it, but it was touch and go right until the end. I was sure I was going to have to undo the sleeves and  have a short sleeve version instead.
I'm linking up to the Let's Get Acqauinted Monday Link Up whih is being hosted by Nat from "Made in Home" this week


  1. You will love the Farmer's Wife book - I am currently working on a Civil War sampler with Pam Kitty fabrics and it is alor of fun. There are many of the same blocks in The Farmer's Wife quilt and the Civil War Quilts. Have fun! Visiting you from Let's Get Acquainted Link Up!

  2. Oh, man, Farmer's Wife. In Liberty?! It will be totally over the top. Good luck! I have resisted so far because I'm not crazy about long-term projects, but every blog post I read makes me want to run out and buy the book and get started.

  3. The paper pieces sound a lot of fun!!! Can´t wait to see your project. And I love the red cardi and the baby hat. No matter they are simple, because they are both adorable!

  4. I've admired the Farmers Wife quilts I've seen but haven't attempted one yet. I'm sure iit will look beautiful in Libert fabrics.

  5. Beautiful makes! The baby sling quilt will be perfect and how generous of you too.
    I did giggle at your comments about the red cardi for I just hate it when Im in that situation and end up knitting it quicker as it if will miraculously stretch the yarn!!
    Keryn :)

  6. I love your not quite quilt Julie and your stash buster makes are so cute! don't forget to link them up :) The paper piecing sounds interesting I haven't heard of this before.

  7. I just started paper piecing as well! I am not yet there with that technique (mo to come on Friday). Cannot wait to see your le challenge entry! Thanks for sharing on let's get acquainted!

  8. The cardigan turned out amazing! So sweet :-)


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