Monday, May 21, 2012

Paper Piecing AND a Giveaway?! RAD!

The other day, I was watching an entertainment type interview show.  You know, where celebrities get interviewed to push their latest movies and all on the masses.  I think it was one of the girls in What to Expect When You're Expecting and she was saying that Jen Aniston was her "Girl Crush".  She made a disclaimer stating that she loves her husband very much but that she had a "crush" on Ms. Aniston.  For obvious reasons; she's gorgeous, successful, stylish, just plain cool.  I'm certain we'd be besties if we ever met!  It got me thinking who MY biggest girl crush was.  And when I made my mental list, it made me giggle.  Apparently, my list of "must haves" differs widely than your average list of "crush" necessities.  No, my girl crush isn't on the big screen, on the cover of fashion magazines or singing on a stage to a-gazillion adoring fans.  Nope, my girl crush designs paper-piecing patterns!  Yes, you heard right, the most amazing paper-piecing patterns.

So I guess you could say my crushes are on people who inspire me!  People who are just so darned talented that they will BLOW YOUR MIND!  I have a long list of crushes but today I am going to introduce you to two women who are tops on my list! 

First, meet Penny Layman!  Lindsey actually found Penny when she was strolling through the blogo-sphere one day.  She sent me a link to her site and I was instantly excited!  I LOVE to paper piece and this is Penny's specialty!  Now, I try to have my finger on the pulse of this industry but sometimes I find myself a little behind.  I very rarely have the opportunity to look up from my Pfaff.  Penny is a celebrity in her own right!  Just check out her Press Page on her website!  And I am seriously contemplating NOT vending at the inaugural Quilt Con (Modern Quilt Guild Convention in Austin, February 2013) just so I can listen and learn from the genius herself!  YES!  She's a featured lecturer among the likes of Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner and Denyse Schmidt! 

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So what's better than one paper piecing genius?  How about TWO!?  Kerry of verykerryberry is a designer and popular quilt blogger out of the UK.  Penny and Kerry met while part of an online quilting bee called Ringo Pie.  Both having a love for paper piecing, they put their heads together over "the pond" and came up with Sew-Ichigo!  And thank goodness this little collaboration happened,


or I would have never discovered this:
Check out the AWESOME Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer block!  I have been obsessed with owning one of these appliances for years.  Hey, we're a Navy family and on a budget, and it always felt like such a frivolous purchase.  I have a perfectly functioning arm, I can whisk and stir on my own and put that potential "mixer money" away.  Well, my fabulous husband decided that I needed one for Christmas and while I was tempted to take it back to the store.....I realized, I loved it...a little more than a person should love a kitchen appliance.  So Franny and I have done some serious damage in the kitchen (and subsequently on the scale)!  I immediately bought a copy of the "Kitchen Classics" from the Sew-Ichigo shop and got to work!  I increased the size of the block and made it 12" square, used Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan and here is what I came up with:


You wanna know what makes these ladies even cooler??  They are giving us TWO Kitchen Classics downloads to giveaway to a couple very lucky readers!!  Just answer this question in the comments below:

Have you ever paper pieced?  What was your experience? 
Did you love, not so love?  SHARE!
We'll give away the patterns on Friday, May 25 at 6:00 PM CST.  If you leave an "Anonymous" comment, make sure we have your email address!

This block was SO much fun!  If you've never attempted paper piecing, try it!  These instructions were great and they offer a Tips and Tutorials page to help you out.  Check out the Patterns and Tutorials page at Sew Take A Hike as well.  FUN stuff!  I am going to end it here.  I'm probably pretty close to having a couple restraining orders slapped on me by these two ladies!  I swear I'm not weird, just completely passionate about these patterns!  Wednesday, I'll be working on the Mixer Cover for Franny, a free tutorial at Sew Take A Hike!  (Yes, I named my mixer...okay, so I might be a little weird.)

101 comments:

Anita said...

Yes, I've only paper pieced a few times. I really like it and would definitely like to do more of it. These patterns would be perfect. Thank you for the chance to win.

Jennifer said...

I have never tried paper piecing yet, but I am excited to give it a try some day. Just need a day with few obligations to play around a bit. Thanks for a great post! jennv123{at}gmail{dot}com

Josie McRazie said...

I love to paper piece! I know people find it intimidating, but for me I think of it like paint by number! Someone like me (who can't paint) can follow and get it right! LOL I have done three paper piecing (new to sewing) and thought it was great fun!

sarah said...

I have not ever paper pieced, but would love to lear...I love these blocks, adorable!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Cuidado!Este tipo de trabalho pode se transformar em um vício,tem na Rede uma série de papagaios e araras que enquanto eu não fiz todos eu não parei de tentar ,depois de muitos erros eu tenho na parede da sala,um enorme painel com direito a bananeiras e tudo.Eu acho difícil e intrigante,mas gostaria de ganhar sim,obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

Jennie P. said...

I have never paper pieced but these patterns make me want to try!! Crossing my fingers!

tillymint said...

I'm just learning to paper piece. I was terrified at first but now I've got going.. I love it! I can see me using this technique a lot.. it's such fun!

quiltmiep said...

I have not paper pieced before but I should like to try it out.

Kelli said...

I've only done a couple paper-pieced blocks, but would love to challenge myself to this set. I can see many a Christmas gifts using these patterns!

Cheryl Gomez said...

I have paper pieced a few times and I love it. I have been looking for new patterns to try it out more!

drmithome said...

I have only paper pieced a couple of times several years ago. I am looking forward to trying it again.

Close Knit said...

I've never paper-pieced. I'm new to quilting and I'm trying to learn as much as I can

ShirleyC said...

When I was a young girl, my mom and I did the old fashioned way of paper piecing. We used newspapers because that's all we had. I've seen a demo on the new methods. It seems real time consuming to me, but I do think it makes the blocks more uniform.

kathy said...

I paper-pieced a while ago and am very inspired by Kerry. She not only pieces, she sews clothes as well.
I've had my eye on the mixer since it debuted (pieced version). Without instructions I sewed Kerry's teapot cozy with the pieced teapot. I appliqued more than I pieced but it turned out fabulous.
Thanks for the giveaway.
I will be listing mine later tonight. Have to go do the work thing now.

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Karen said...

Still waiting to give paper piecing a try.

jmj said...

I've paper pieced once and I thought it was great, but it takes a different kind of thinking, sort of backwards and upside downish. I'd love to try again.

Linda Coleman said...

I've paper pieced but find that doing it on actual paper is not good for me, instead I copy the pattern onto sew in interfacing and that is much easier for me to handle.

Anonymous said...

I have papered pieced. I've made several small wall hangings but have given everything away that I made. Love to paper piece and love those patterns. I taught a paper piecing workshop at my quilting quild and several of the ladies have learned to love paper piecing also. I've also taught my two daughters to paper piece. Would love the patterns shown. Wish I knew how to make this where I'm not Anonymous though.lol Debra Revay, dkrevay@hotmail.com

diane said...

I have Paper pieced a bit but would love to try these patterns

Anda W said...

I am not very comfortable with paper piecing, took a class once and th einstructor seemed rushed which left me with a bad taste..... awolk at rogers dot com

Anita in Florida said...

I love to paper piece...especially the Sew Out Loud group's 'wordplay" QAL...a bit tedious at times, but the results are soooooooooo rewarding. Would love a chance at those lovely kitchen patterns! Thanks for the chance.

Sew and Sew said...

I enjoy paper piecing and am really inspired by the modern designs.
If you can't buy a Kitchen Aid why not sew one! I would love to try Kerry's patterns.

Linda R. said...

I have paper pieced and it is a lot of fun. It gives you a chance to make some very quirky blocks!!

Phyllis said...

I have never done paper piecing. I am new to quilting and I would really love to try it.

rowan said...

I would love to have a go at these. Hope my skills are up to it.
Jo

Anonymous said...

Being as I am your Aunt Joy-I can say I love paper pieceing and hope to do more. I have a Judy Neimeyer pattern I am trying to work through.

Chrissy said...

I too was obsessed with getting one of these mixers! What fun it would be to piece together that block! Thanks for posting this!

Rebeckah Austin said...

I have yet to paper piece but it looks very fun!

Jennifer said...

i'm working on my paper piecing skills, its still a challenge for me and i'd love to try these!

Simone de Klerk said...

I have done paper piecing but never really enjoyed it, until I made Kerry's pattern with the hat and gloves. Not the easiest, but through good directions, it was actually easy to work on. And the pieces actually fit, which in my other pieces of work never did.

memmens said...

Kerry sent me here, I've not done any paper piecing but I'm going to the FQ retreat and taking one of Kerry's classes, so give me a few weeks and I'll be able to use these patterns! thanks for the super giveaway

Janet said...

I've made a couple of small paper pieced blocks and I did a large picture of a salmon using Cynthia England's method. It was a ton of work but really turned out lovely. I'd love to win the patterns.

Flying Blind... said...

I have done a little - including the Foundation Paper Piecing For The Terrified with Katy http://thelittlestthistlecraftshop.blogspot.co.uk/ and I get to paper-piece with Kerry in real life in less than 2 weeks time and I can't wait!!

Melissa said...

I've never paper pieced.

Nicole Maki said...

I have never paper pieced but I'm absolutely itching to try it.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Jen said...

I"ve never paper pieced, but would love to learn. I do love my Kitchenaid mixer too :)

Sallie said...

Yes, I have paper pieced. I have usually been successful, but the one time I tried to show a friend how to do it, I really messed up. Thanks for the giveaway!

CitricSugar said...

Actually, it was a verykerryberry pattern that was my first paper-piecing project and I'm hooked! I've done a few since then - very addictive.

Thanks!

Sonja said...

I love love love Paperpiecing! I´m working on a Harry Potter Quilt that will be completely paperpieced!

Cherie said...

I actually paper piece more than I realise. I make an awful lot of scrappy/ log cabin blocks by paper piecing, makes them much neater.
I've also done a lot of hexies which I love!

Thanks for a great giveaway =D


I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

Charlene S said...

I like to paper piece since it helps a "good enough" piecer like me have exact points!

Ella said...

Love paper piecing. I want to do a whole quilt in just paper pieced blocks (maybe this summer!).

rainjerette said...

I have tried it once and really enjoyed. I'm hoping to try it again soon.

mary said...

My very first pp was verykerryberry' tea pot pattern that was in issue 8 of Fat Quarterly. I loved the concentration it required, at least for me. I really want to make the kitchen aid block and cover.
Mary
My email is svalgoma@yahoo.com

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

It's on my to do list...I think I could well get hooked on paper piecing though

Strawberry Patch said...

I havent pp yet! This would be fab to get me started

Karen Brannon said...

Haven't tried it yet, must admit to being intimidated!! Thanks for making it sound do-able.

Binks said...

I don't know how I got it in my head, but my 1st paper pieced block was one I "designed". It went well and I love paper piecing.

legato1958 said...

I have made paper pieced blocks and done some freezer paper piecing. I like the foundation piecing best! I love doing it!!

Thanks for a giveaway chance!

Sue
legato1958@aol.com

quilt happy said...

havn't tried it but would love to learn

Joyce said...

I just ordered some hexagon paper templates to give it a try...if I dare!

SisterlyLove said...

Oh yes, I've done hand paper piecing (english?) and I love it. I've never tried the way they do it though so I'd be so excited to try if I win! I LOVE that pattern too!!

Genevieve

Smeek said...

I love, love, love paper piecing! Thanks for the giveaway because I would love to have these patterns.

marci sinfisi said...

i havent had the chance to paper piece yet! But ive read loads of tutorials about it!
thanks for the chance to win

Tricia said...

I am working through the Farmers Wife book and Love doing the paper piecing.

Kylie said...

I just started paper piecing in January this year, and I'm loving it! Sometimes challenging but so fun. I love how different fabrics can give a block a completely different feel. Love Sew Ichigo and a Kitchen-Aid conver with these patterns is firmly on my to-do list!

Lynn said...

i've never paper pieced but i would love to try. thanks.

Allegory said...

I *just* tried paper piecing last month. I made a lil' teapot and I actually found that I love it! I'm really excited to try out some more patterns!

ljeanne said...

I have paper pieced a few times. It was mostly frustrating for me. I would like to try again to make the Kitchen Aid mixer. Mine is yellow and a wall hanging would look cute in my kitchen.

Cindy said...

I have paper pieced many times. I love the precision it gives, love how you can piece things that usually are appliqued (wish I could design like those gals do!) but I totally hate taking off all the paper, ugh.
Love the kitchen series. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heidi Staples said...

I've only done it once as a pattern tester for Joanna of Shape Moth. I loved it! It's challenging but great...like making a fabric puzzle!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Karen O said...

I have not paper pieced yet. I am signed up for a class with Debby Kravotil at the Minnesota Quilters show next month. I can hardly wait!

Amanda said...

I've done quite a lot of paper piecing; hated it at first but loved it once I'd got the hang of it. The best thing though, was designing my own at a class. I designed a Beefeater (soldier at the Tower of London) and a Mini (car).

Pat V. said...

I've been crushing on these patterns since they came out. I LOVE paper piecing! (Check out my Angry Birds block, here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46475752@N05/6944889291/in/photostream

Chez Roo said...

I've only paper pieced two things so far, one of which was my own design, but it was so fun, like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, I know I will be doing a lot more. Thanks for the giveaway, I have been loving these patterns from afar!

Rachelle said...

I've not yet tried paper piecing, only recently started quilting.

heartsease54 said...

Yes, I have paper pieced & I loved it & have plans to do a lot more of it before I die. That being said, I love both of these gals blogs & follow them, so I have seen & drooled over these patterns. I still have so much on my to do list that I haven't gotten around to them yet-but someday I will!

heartsease54 said...

Oh & by the way, Ayumi of the Pink Penguin also does some amazing paper piecing.

Clara {Clover and Violet} said...

I have done hexagons, just really learning, but would love to learn more.
Thank you for the giveaway!
Clara

Pattij said...

I'm just learning to paper piece. It's not easy, but I love it!
Evin5 at aol dot com

Agnes B Bullock said...

Have never papaer pieced at all, but love this pattern! Have been eyeing it since it came out and am working on overcoming my fear of pieceing to try it!

DachsiesWithMoxieMama@gmail.com

**nicke... said...

i have dabbled with paper piecing a bit. not as much as i want to. i need to make more time for it!

Margaret said...

I have taken two classes on paper piecing. The first one we had to make like a hundred pieced pine trees. I think I made three and said nope not gonna happen. The next classs several years later was a landscape wall hanging. That was a lot of fun. I think if they are all different blocks I could really like it but a ton of them all the same is boring to me and a lot of work.

nettie said...

Paper piecing is one of my most favorite techniques! Why, because with a little extra care and patience, you come out with absolutely perfect blocks. There are several types of papers on the market which are water-soluable too, so that makes removing the paper really easy.
These "kitchen classic" blocks are just adorable. I would really love to have them on a small quilt in my kitchen.
Thanks much!!!

Jill said...

I have paper pieced but need more practice. If I win this I am going to break down and buy a Kitchen Aid. :)

Joelle said...

I love paper piecing but it takes more concentration than I am often able to commit to it. I can't be distracted by dogs and kids.

laura said...

yes! and i LOVE it! i'm hoping to get better at it. i'd also love to hear penny at quiltcon. thanks!

ELNM said...

I've never paper pieced (I'm a new quilter) but I'm amazed at the intricate shapes you can get. I love my KitchenAid mixer and it would be fun to quilt it too!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy said...

That's really cute!!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I love that pattern! I took a class on paper piecing and I did enjoy it. I made a little sun with rays and really loved how accurate it was. There are some wonderful patterns that I'd like to make.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jessica said...

i've paper pieced the majority of my 'dear jane' quilt - love the technique. these patterns are wonderful! thanks for the giveaway!

Deb said...

Every time I do a paper piece I swear I will never do it again - but I always do and it keeps getting easier. I did a pineapple christmas quilt, a wallhanging with high heel shoes, martini glasses and dresses for my daughter and just finished a wedding quilt where I copied the wedding invitation.

bohemianmoon said...

yes, i have paper pieced, I love it, I began with my quilt guild block of the month which was a heart pattern, love hears so I jumped in, then I did pikn penguin's Ayumi's coffee pot pattern, which I love, and did some cups and saucers. I love the kitchen classics patterns and if I don't win i will probably buy because they are so cute, thanks for sharing and for the opportunity to win!!!!

Sew Surprising said...

I love paper piecing, discovered it when my mother inlaw gave me a pile of quilting books and one was on paper piecing. It was so therapeutic and reminded me of when I first learn to sew, my mother had me sew along pages and pages of paper that were drawn in lines. Think my fellow sewing friends are tired of hearing me sing the virtues of paper piecing :)

Anita said...

I love paper piecing since the first time I tried it several years ago. I had a great teacher and the perfection in the points was awesome. Thanks for the chance to win my own pattern!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this giveaway. I've done paper piecing before. The thing I like about is I can get very accurate piecing done especially when doing very small blocks. The 'Kitchen Classics' are really cute.

God Bless
Sandra
gml448@yahoo.com

lvkwilt said...

I have done paper piecing and love the precision of it. Love the Kitchen Aid mixer pattern! Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

Shirley said...

I have never paper pieced but I have of course purchased some paper piecing patterns! I love your fabric choices for Franny's dress and can't wait to see it. Thanks for a chance at the awesome giveaway!

Maria said...

I have done paper piecing (not enough!) and loved it. I'd dive right into that teapot pattern though!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love paper piecing but have not done anything but quilt block patterns!

tracih said...

Yes, I have paper pieced. Took a class. It was fun!

Lyn said...

I am very new at paper piecing. I would love to make this one. Thanks for the offer.

Amy said...

I have never paper pieced. But I'd love to make a cover or my mixer!!

Gill said...

I did some in a class a couple of years ago!
I'd love to try some more!

Diann said...

I've done quite a lot of paper piecing and feel that I am pretty successful at it. Of course I improved with practice. One thing I had to watch out for at first was cutting my fabrics a little bit too small so then the seam allowances were skimpy. Now I know to be careful about that.

Sharon H of Tenn said...

I`ve paper pieced once and really enjoyed it. And would like to do more. Sure would like to win as these would be perfect in my kitchen. Thank You for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I've done a small bit of paper piecing and haven't made up my mind about it - love these 'kitchen' pieces! katfey@att.net

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

I paper pieces hexagons but it was too tedious - I have been trying to convince myself I can afford these fab paper piecing patterns as look fun not boring

Diane H said...

I really love paper piecing and would love to do lots more.

textiledesigns said...

Paper piecing is so much fun! And super fast! I love all the new patterns

barbara woods said...

never tried it but want to