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!
Here is your Penny hook-up:
Sew Take A Hike on Facebook
Sew Take A Hike Blog
Sew Take A Hike on Etsy
Sew Take A Hike on Pinterest (love!)
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: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.)