Sunday, September 30, 2012

Design Wall Monday, 1 October 2012

See what I did! This is the first successful paper pieced thing I've ever made...and I like it. I finally bit the bullet and followed some instructions. Make the cut pieces 3/4" larger than needed. Follow Carol Doak's TSP and baste the pieced together first. I don't love paper piecing and I'll never make a whole quilt that's paper pieced, but for the special project I'll be willing.

It's not perfect but I did it. I'm going to make a tote for my Featherweight so I can take it to Austin in February. It's not quite finished. It needs the needle bit and the spool bits near the bobbin (the blue square above the R is thread). I got the pattern here. It's a free download and I like it a lot. The color of the block isn't right in this photo, but it's close. I was looking for a wallhanging to make, when I came across this pattern and decided to give it a whirl.

Since the retreat I've been pretty productive. I got the Peach Melba top pieced...still needs borders. According to the pattern, 8 borders, but I don't think I'm going to make that many :^). I think I'll settle for just 3 or 4. I'm thinking a thin  light border, then a thicker dark and maybe a final one...I don't know what color. It's currently about 60 x 72.
Then I finished this jelly roll top. I had this ready to go for the retreat but my machine was acting up so I didn't get it done. I sewed this Friday in between coughing, sleeping and drinking lots of water.(I have a nasty respiratory thing--a bit more than a cold because I have gunk in my lungs--so I stayed home on Friday.) I need to add some more to it to make it useful, but I did make a jelly roll calculator to figure how many and what width needed for any size top. I did that Monday before the cold hit. I blogged about it here.

To see more design walls, check out Judy's blog.

12 comments:

Danielle Hudson said...

Love the paper piecing! Is it your pattern?

Gingini said...

I know what you mean, paperpiecing is not my thing either. But this.. it's so cute, you have to make it!! :)

Judy D in WA said...

Oh Mary, I hope you feel better soon. Hope it isn't one of those nasty hanger on-ers!
Where did you find that Singer pp pattern??? I must have it!
Great looking projects. Very bright and happy.

Missy Shay said...

I think you did a great job on it! I have never paper pieced anything before either. Maybe one day!

Allie said...

Oh my gosh oh my gosh - I LOVE that Singer pattern!!!! I hate paper piecing but this might be worth it, lol. How cool is that! Peach melba looks wonderful, and so does your jelly roll quilt. I hope you get to feeling better soon, Mary!

Julianne Emery said...

Mary your colors are wonderful..I would love to see a what a bag of scraps looks like at your studio..

Julianne

Cathy Tomm said...

Love your little singer pp block. Thanks for show us were we can get it too. I might do it. Love your orange quilt so far. I have a retreat in 13 days or so, can't wait to sew for me all day.

The Twilight Quilters Coven said...

Great job!! I love that pattern....SO CREATIVE!

QuiltSwissy said...

I love it! Did you make up the pattern? I don't have the vision to make up patterns, but I sure can copy them! LOL>

glen: it is way cool!

Barb in Mi said...

Your Singer blocks looks perfect!

Sue Daurio said...

What great projects. I just adore the Singer project. And I love the way you added the white squares to the jelly roll quilt, that makes all the difference in the world, just love it.

Sandie said...

You liked my name! So glad I could help. The paper pieced machine block is cute. I am not a huge fan of paper piecing, but you can't beat it for accuracy and crisp sharp points. I Hate removing the papers! Lol

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