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