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!
Linking up with:
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.