Monday, 24 March 2014

Some Paper Piecing.

Over the years I've dabbled in paper piecing, and whilst I've been pleased with what I've made, the process has not always run smoothly, so when I saw that Craftsy were having a sale, and that one of the classes on offer was Mastering Foundation Paper Piecing by Carol Doak I thought it would be a great chance to pick up some tips.

The class was excellent. Carol is an enthusiastic teacher who knows her subject inside out. She gives many tips which help to make the process easier and accurate. Carol starts off by guiding the student through how to make a simple Bird of Paradise blocks and then progresses onto more complicated patterns..
I jumped straight in with the most complicated of the patterns, Mariner's Delight Compass. I was delighted with how it turned out and its now waiting to be quilted and turned into a mini wall hanging for my sewing room wall.

Something very exciting is happening in a few days time.
The six members of the Strip Bees quilting bee are all meeting up to spend the weekend at Jen's house where the big reveal of our quilt tops will take place.

Here's the strip I started with. It's now travelled from Suffolk to Hertfordshire, Kent, Wales, Jersey and Birmingham having patchwork strips added along the way. We haven't seen what the others have added apart from a few sneek peaks so it will be a complete surprise.

I'll be sure to take some photos and do a post next week about what we get up to.
Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.



Susan at said...

That looks awesome, I can see why you're in a hurry to make it something to hang! :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love your PP block. I like to PP I just might take a peek at that class. I could always use some time. I love the colors you used.
You row quilt will be so fun to see. I love your row of houses. Have a fun time.

Mack and Mabel said...

I've often thought about taking that class. It will be interesting to hear how she does it, to see if its any different to the way I learned. Can't wait to meet you all and see our quilts!!!

Fran said...

Oh, great, sounds like both you and Julie can give tips on paper piecing at the weekend! Love the block you made.

Patchwork and Play said...

You look quite the paper piecing expert! And what fun to be finally seeing your Strip Bee quilt!

dq said...

Your paper pieced block is beautiful, but I just LOVE that row of houses. Quilts with houses or villages in them are my favorites.

QuiltCandy said...

That class sounds great, you will have to give us all some tips! So excited for the weekend....2 more sleeps!!

heart of charnwood said...

Looks fab Maria, well done!

Glinda ♥ said...

What a great block! It looks really hard ... has turned out lovely, I should try the class too! Can't wait to meet you :)