Category Archives: paper pieced

And now for something completely different..

A member of York Heritage Quilters Guild recently showed a quilt that blew me away- it used a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabric (of which I have a LOT- the colours are stunning) and the pattern wonderful. Last week I was still thinking of it, so I ordered the pattern:  “The Village” by Kim McLean from Hyggeligt in St. Marys Ontario.
This project is a great distraction from what is happening in the outside world right now, and who doesn’t need that? I should end up with some new skills, and a very different quilt from my usual style- AND blogging about it should be an incentive to keep on track.

I have rarely (actually, probably never) made a quilt from a pattern, and I do not ever do hand applique, so even I am interested to see how this progresses.

I instantly adapted the house block- the door now reaches to the bottom of the block, and I removed one piece which looked odd to me. I also paper-pieced the roof. Below are images of the pattern, and my first block.

There are SO many design/colour choices to make that I decided to make the three pieces of the house- the chimneys, the roof and the main body- separately, and sort out the final arrangement when these are all made. There are 25 houses in the pattern, so I have a ways to go. Below are some of the pieces I have made to date.

Such fun! The animals are so charming that I may try making one now, to calm my anxiety about applique. Stay tuned!

Play Day

I really appreciate those days when I put aside everything that I need to do, and just play. I pinned a block on Pinterest called Ellen’s Snowball  last year, and a year later I still love it, so I decided to make one, in shades of blue. It is paper pieced, which I have not done for a while, and makes a 12 1/2″ block. It went together easily, and the very centre is not too bumpy, considering how many pieces meet here.

I now think I will make a medallion quilt, with this block as the centrepiece. I have accumulated quite a bit of blue / white fabrics, so I won’t need to visit any shops real time or online for more. (I think….). It may be a while before I get back to this, meanwhile it will hang on my design wall tempting me, and reminding me to research medallion quilts to see if there are any fun, interesting, new rounds that others have used in their quilts.

Evolution of a quilt design.. making it your own

Last summer, I saw a quilt called “Everyday Best“, a Piece O’ Cake design from their book Quilts with a Spin. I was with a group of fellow quilters at Quilts at the Creek, a wonderful outdoor quilt show held annually at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto, Canada. We were all so impressed with the design that we challenged ourselves to make this quilt. I have a large collection of spotted fabric, so I was sure this would be a “piece of cake”! I got started right away, and here are some of the blocks I made.. circles

I then got busy with other things, and somehow lost interest in finishing the quilt. I have been using a lot of solids lately, and was playing on my design wall with the completed arcs and some solid reds. I was sketching, something I don’t usually do, and liked this layout so much it was the starting point for phase 2..


The red squares have been pieced, and here is the quilt in its current state- quite a transformation! So much more me. There will be a solid border of contrasting colour added, and I hope to have that added and the quilting done so that I can show it at Quilts at the Creek 2014.


And here it is, completed.


Becky Goldsmith was thrilled with this challenge, and posted about it on her blog- with pictures of all our quilts. Click here for the link.