Thursday, May 23, 2013

It's a paper piecing party!

So my plan of attack for today was to work through the stack of 16 paper patterns i've had on the go for a pillow, sort of as practice for my new love... paper piecing. So i thought i'd try something simple, large pieces and straight forward. Enter Icky Thump from Julie over at 627handworks. It started well... then it all went to pot.

Okay, so the four blocks up in the top of the photo, see the little white paper corners sticking out from behind the light grey? Yeah, those are supposed to be covered up. You'll also notice that i manged to sew on the next section of the block on all four before noticing my mistake. Way to go me! So when i did notice my mistake i thought i would just assemble one whole block... which equals four of those little blocks. You know, to see how it was going to look, i had already started getting that feeling that i wasn't going to like it.

And I don't like it... first, i meant to have the more cobalt blue corners in the center so the block forms more of a diamond pattern, not a circle. Second, my colour choices... they looked good together when i pulled them, but now i'm just not diggin' it. So i've stopped. I shall revisit them at a later date. Maybe i'll get rid of the two bluey blues and replace them with more aqua/turquoisey blues?  Or maybe it's the greys i'm not liking?

Oh well, i did receive a fantastically, wonderful email today that just made my day.  A little while back i had mentioned to my lovely friend Gina of Party of Eight: Our Story that i wanted a paper pieced pattern of a rocket ship. I've made both my little guys quilts using Sarah Jane's Children at Play line and wanted to make matching pillows for their beds. I've already made Sammy a pillowcase from the Rocket Launch Club fabric, so i wanted his little pillow to be a rocket. I had asked Gina if she had ever made a paper pieced pattern before or if she had any ideas on how to make one. Well turns out she's friends with paper pieced pattern maker extraordinaire Kristy of  Quiet Play, so she asked if she could maybe design a rocket ship pattern. And she did! And it's awesome! So back to the beginning, my email today from Gina was the pattern PDF. So what did i do...

...besides making a mess and eating skittles that is.

I made a rocket! With a passenger! 
Not bad for a test run, if i do say so myself. My piecing still needs work, but the pattern went together beautifully, and a lot quicker than i expected. I love it!
And when Sammy came home from his grandmas today he immediately went running to the wall where it was taped up and said that he loved my new quilt! (he thinks anything i do with fabric is a quilt, even if it's just sample fabrics stuck on my design wall. he's so cute!) He was quite excited when i told him it was going to be a pillow for his bed, and wanted to take it with him to bed as is :) I think that makes it a winner in my books!

I'm linking up with Kristy for the first ever Paper Piecing Party! Come on over, i'm sure there's going to be great things to see!

High fives to the wonderfully awesome Gina, for making this happen, and to the amazing Kristy for designing a cool rocket for my little guy!
xo snips


  1. Looks so beautiful and I love the colours! What a great rocket!

  2. cutest rocket ever!!! way to go; you whipped that up so quickly!! I love your fabric choices and the rocket man in the middle is perfect. I also like your orb block too and think the colors look great!!

  3. Ooh I quite like the blues in the first block! I think they look fabulous!

    The rocket turned out beautifully! The fussy cut window is my favourite ;)

  4. The rocket is perfect. Nice job!

  5. super cool rocket, with a sweet is going to be a super cute pillow!

  6. These are awesome! I just adore the rocket with the passenger! I detest unpicking paper piecing. I have only had to unpick once or twice and that was like a year ago but it is ingrained in my memory.

  7. The rockets are so cute! I do like your top block even if you aren't excited about it. Paper piecing really stretches my mind sometimes!

  8. What a sweet ride for your little astronaut :)

  9. So cute! I like the blue block. Maybe the lack of contrast is bothering you? I bet if you tried a lighter gray or a gold it might pop a little more for you. :)

  10. I really like the blue block as well, although I have learned over the years, that it's best to be happy with it yourself, even if everyone else seems to like it. To me, the gray shape kind of looks like a twisted grapevine wreath. :)

  11. I love that rocket! I might have to make one for my nephew, he's very into space now!

  12. I love your blue block!!! I hope you can fall back in love with it too. The rocket is awesome!

  13. That blue block is indeed pretty fabulous to my eyes. Two things I hope you find might help you appreciate it more: 1) the Japanese concept of 'wabi sabi' where imperfections help to make a handicraft perfect, and in fact sometimes imperfections are added to an item to make it more beautifully complete; and 2) an art teacher of mine once told me something along the lines of, "never criticize your own work, as there are always going to be plenty of people willing to do that for you." In any case, I do think it is pretty rad (and have been wondering how exactly to alter the pattern to get the block you ended up with) and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: (Plenty of other people are finding it rad too!) :)


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