A Quilt Story

Paper Pieced Projects

Honestly, this post is a bit of a filler just to kinda keep me in the habit of blogging. I never have shared my journey into paper piecing and I do love some of my paper pieced projects!

I began paper piecing while I was pregnant with the current 17 month old child. It was a bit crazy as I tried to figure it out without reading the instructions….oooopppsssss!

I did, however, fall in love with the process of paper piecing. I haven’t done any large projects, although I have my eye on the elephant abstractions quilt by Violet Craft.  I mean, how cool is that??? It’s a project for another day though – although hopefully not too far down the road.

Here are some paper pieced projects I have worked on though.

Here’s my Pi potholder! Pattern here. My son loves this potholder so much!! He’s a bit of a math geek.

Here is a paper pieced Union Jack pillow. I used this pattern here. I also used this pattern reduced by 50% to make a zipper pouch. Both were gifts for my Brittish loving sister-in-law! I never did get a picture of the pouch, sadly.

Here are some pin cushions in various stages of completion. You can find the pattern here. The one on the right is my first ever paper piecing project and it’s my current pin cushion. The cushion on the left went to a different sister-in-law for Christmas (I have a bunch of sister-in-laws!) and the one in the bottom picture was part of a Sneaky Santa gift at my local quilt shop’s Girls Night Out. I did finish it first though…

Decided to put one of those cute spools in one of my Dwell Blocks as well – I think it was a good decision!

And a favorite project – a mini quilt with the cutest butterflies ever!! This was for a quilt swap and I really need to make myself a copy of this cause I just love it so much! You can find these butterfly patterns here.

All of these are pretty simple and small paper pieced projects. I’ve done a few paper pieced quilt blocks for bee blocks as well.

And finally, here is my quilt that is my only large paper pieced project. Admittedly, it was a pretty simple paper piecing project. I do like the outcome though and it was a Christmas gift for my (at the time) nine year daughter.

 

 

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Bee Blocks

Well, I went a little beehive crazy this year and ended up in FOUR hives! It’s a total blast, even if it is keeping me on my toes, making that many blocks every month. I have to say, I’m in some hives with some rock stars that have gorgeous block ideas so now I’m wanting to copy pretty much every idea for each block I’ve made for my hives this year.

Originally, I had the great idea that I’d post a monthly post, showcasing each block I made. It doesn’t look like that is going to happen though so I’m going to settle for just sharing a bunch of the blocks I’ve made so far! Here are most of the blocks I made for the months January-March. I’m missing one January block though as I forgot to get a good photograph of it.

January Stash Bee Block

January Rockin’ Bee Block

Febraury Rockin’ Bee Block, a block for a friend that needed one more to finish last years bee quilt and February’s Stash Bee blocks…

February’s Bonnie and Camille Bee block

February’s Blossom Heart bee blocks

March’s Stash Bee Blocks

March’s Rockin’ Bee block (I love this strawberry so much!!!)

March’s Blossom Heart Bee blocks

March’s Bonnie and Camille bee block

So, yeah. That’s a lot of blocks. It’s been fun, I’ve made some blocks that I’m not certain I would have made before and have learned a lot! Boy though, it’s going to be a busy year of block making for sure!