Monday, 23 March 2015

The Paper Pieced Home blog hop

I am very pleased to take my turn on the Paper Pieced Home blog hop today!
I got really excited when I first heard Penny wrote a book. Knowing her designs I could not imagine it to be anything other that great. She surely did not disappoint!

The Paper Pieced Home contains no less than 40 paper pieced quilt block designs and 14 projects all of which are so clever and fun it's hard to play favourites! I've included only a few of mine in this post.
The patterns come on a separate CD which makes printing them out just that bit easier.

The book starts with a really comprehensive introduction into paper piecing. Penny proves what a fantastic teacher she is by covering absolutely everything you need to know and then some! From the basics to beyond the basics there's not a single thing missing.

Penny has a way of not only making beautiful paper piecing blocks but she also designs them so that the construction of the block is done in the most logical and easy way possible. This makes even the more complicated blocks very manageable.
I'm convinced that whatever your experience and confidence level may be, you'll find something fun and pretty to make from this book.

For my blog hop project I chose the lamp block because I absolutely love the vintage feel of this design. It includes Y seams but in a way that is not at all intimidating.
I have been a little out of practice so there are a few minor imperfections in the finished block. Nothing so bad to make me want to whip out the dreaded seam ripper, it adds charm (or at least that's my excuse!) I think this block would make a fun cushion to add to my couch collection, don't you think?

In full disclosure I was asked by Penny's publishers to write this article and sent a free copy of the book in return. My opinions are all mine.

Do check out the rest of the blog hop for more of The Paper Pieced Home!

x Leila

3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

318 Patchwork Patterns winner!

Random Number generator has spoken and we have a winner!

Congratulations Teresa! The sew together bag has been on my 'to sew' list forever it's such a cute pattern. I will be in touch soon so World Book Media can send your copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns to you :)

Big thanks to everyone who played!

x Leila

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

318 Patchwork Patterns

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the  318 Patchwork Patterns blog hop!

As many of you will know, this very popular book by Kumiko Fujita has been out of print and highly coveted for many years. I am so excited World Book Media decided to bring back 318 Patchwork Patterns in English! For me this has been that one book I find myself going back to over and over again for all my paper piecing needs. If you would like a chance to win the book there's a give away at the end of this post :-)

For my project I chose block #9 from the tea time collection to make this little tea cosy. I enlarged the block by 125% to make the cups 3" finished. I didn't finish each block to be 3" square but added a narrow border instead framing each cup.
If you are looking for some guidance on freezer paper piecing and how to prepare your pattern for sewing do check out Kerry's blog she wrote a great tutorial.

I used both freezer paper and foundation paper techniques to construct the little tea cups. I prefer freezer paper for fussy cutting as I can hold the piece up against the light and see exactly what my finished cup will look like. For the tiniest pieces like the handles on the cups I prefer foundation paper piecing to get a neater result. There's no rule that says you can't use both techniques for one block I do it all the time! Just remember to reverse your pattern for foundation paper piecing.

World Book media have kindly offered to give away a copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns to one lucky winner!
Give Away details:

  • The give away will be open to anyone anywhere but do make sure there is a way for me to contact you should you win. 
  • To enter leave a comment on this post I'd like to hear about your favourite handmade Christmas presents, I need some inspiration ;-) 
  • I like to give my blog followers special treatment so if you follow me you may have an extra entry simply leave a separate comment on this post. (this is not a requirement just a bonus if you'd like an extra chance to win)
  • Comments on this post will be disabled some time around midnight November 11th. The winner will be chosen randomly and be announced here on November 12th.
Give Away comments are now closed!

Before you leave, don't forget to check out all the other lovely projects on the blog hop!

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop

October 20th Kerry  from
 Project: How to Freezer Paper Piece
·      October 22nd  Penny Layman from
 Project: Gardening apron with blocks from Vegetables collection
·      October 24th Angela Pingel from
 Project: Bunting from Halloween collection (You're HERE!)
·      October 27th Amy Sinibaldi from
   Project: Tote bag with appliqué blocks
·      October 29th Amber Carrillo from
Project: Blocks from Christmas collection
·      October 31st Latifah Saafir from
  Project: Baby blanket from At the Circus collection
·      November 3rd Charise Randell from
Project: Make up kit and shoe bag from Girls’ Night Out collection
·      November 7th Amy Friend from
   Project: Table runner with blocks from Fruits collection
·      November 5th Leila from
Project: Tea Cozy from Tea Time Collection
·      November 12th Caroline from
 Project: Tote or pouch with appliqué block
·      November 10th Faith Jones from
 Project: Mini quilt from Vehicle Collection
  November 14th Rashida Coleman-Hale from

Good luck!

x Leila

Monday, 4 August 2014

Summer Skirts

With the summer holidays in full flow I have only little time left for sewing. So I decided to whip up a few quick and easy summer skirts. I used the circle skirt app from By Hand London to calculate my waist radius and adjusted the length of each skirt to my own preference.

First up a 1/2 circle skirt using a left over piece of jersey from my Elisalex dress. As far as skirts go you can't get it much simpler than this. One seam for the back, one seam to attach the elastic waistband and since this jersey does not fray at all, hemming is completely optional (I'm lazy so I didn't!)

I followed pretty much the same recipe for my next skirt only this one is a 1/4 circle in a lighter weight blue floral jersey. Sooo comfy!

Next up is a maxi 1/2 circle skirt in a cheap floral poly blend. For this skirt I had to add a regular waistband and an invisible zip. It was cheap fabric mainly bought because I loved the print and it draped nicely but it was a nightmare to sew with. It kept snagging, would not submit to even the least amount of ironing, the waistband interfacing did not stick and after three failed attempts at properly hemming the skirt I got fed up and just used my overlocker instead- meh. I still like it as a handmade alternative to a skirt bought from one of the cheap chain stores. But this one most likely will only survive one summer.

Must try a half circle maxi again in nicer fabric next time as I really do enjoy wearing a long flowy skirt!

Hope you are all enjoying a lovely summer!

x Leila

Monday, 16 June 2014

Little House Pouch

A little while back I was contacted by the lovely Lindsay from Zakka Workshop Patterns. This publishing company translates popular Japanese patchwork patterns into English making them more accessible to us non Japanese speaking folks. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to try out some of their patterns for myself, all of the projects looked super cute!

I made the house make up case.
I'm usually much too impatient when it comes to following the written instructions on a pattern, especially when it comes with pretty colourful diagrams like these do, I tend to jump straight in and start sewing. But since I was to leave a review I made sure to follow the step by step instructions carefully. The written instructions combined with pretty diagrams that include all the measurements make constructing this cute little pouch a breeze. There are templates included for all the patchwork pieces which can be traced onto the fabric or copied onto freezer paper for reuse.
There is a ton of hand sewing and hand quilting involved which makes this little pouch a perfect portable sewing project for summer.

I really enjoyed adding all the little details to my pouch and  it gave me a little distraction from the painful recovery after having my final wisdom teeth extracted - ouch! (Almost back to normal now it's been over a month - woe is me)

The patterns are available for purchase here.
Keep an eye out for Zakka Workshop Patterns if you have been looking high and low for Kumiko Fujita's long out of print Patchwork 318 as they will be reprinting the translated version sometime in the future!!

x Leila