I was looking for a project to enter in the local fair within the category "foundation paper piecing - any object". Then I remembered a pattern I had seen on Craftsy.
Janeen at Quilt Art Designs has lots of fantastic patterns! I have browsed her design library several times, and Love the architectural inspired images.
This folksy birdhouse has character!
I used fabrics from my scrap bin to make the blocks - I had to keep piecing bits of the background to make it large enough, but I think it works!
I really like the quilting on the block. I did a meandering heart design and I like how it looks a bit like hearts in the wind - love in the air - hey! that sounds like an excellent name!
I didn't match the points when sewing.
I read later how to determine a "critical point" and tips on how to match those points.....
This project is my second attempt at paper piecing - and it's OK. Now I've got a better idea of what to look for to make the design perfect....like all those beautiful pins on Pinterest!
Here's a look at the second block on the bag...
This block is more forgiving with point matching - which is great cause I kinda didn't!
The patterned fabrics also helps to blur any of the not quite perfect bits.
For the bag sides, I used about a 3.5 inch wide strip I had cut off when squaring up a quilt earlier this summer. I bound all the edges with a batik that has nearly every colour in it!
So how did I do? First place ribbon! Yay!! I think the smaller bits increased the difficulty rating in the judges eyes so even when I didn't quite make the point matches, I was forgiven because the overall quality and effort was good.
I like these blocks and would definitely use both patterns again...and I'll try to match the points!
Thank you Janeen at Quilt Art Designs - you inspire me to become a more patient and observant quilter!
This bag has a happy home with a bird loving friend. She carries it nearly every day - so I'm super happy with this finish!
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