Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Paper Piecing Fat Quarter Style (and a sew-along?)

You know I just joined Pinterest about two weeks ago?  Well in that time I have noticed a trend - I love paper pieced projects.  I've even created a PP board and have become obsessed with pinning every PP project I come across, I'm even hunting them down!  Here's a selection from my Flickr Favourites:


1. Skating on Frog Pond, Fat Quarterly Issue 8, 2. Christmas Sweet Jar for Melinda, 3. Vespa scooter PP quilt block (2), 4. PTS6, 5. Sewing Machine Block for Amisha, 6. Tardis zip case, 7. vintage camper, 8. Ringo Pie Design Classic Quant Mini- for Lynne, 9. Vintage Film canister for Amy- Ringo Pie, 10. Quilts on a line for Corey, 11. Untitled, 12. Paper Pieced Union Jack, 13. New York Beauty #2

So did you also know that the latest issue of Fat Quarterly is running a special on paper piecing!!  I grabbed myself a copy this morning but now that I have the issue in my hot little hands (ie on my desktop), I thought that I need a little kick-in-the-butt to actually get around to making the projects (and there are some really great ones including those ice-skates above, a teapot cosy, pillows, potholder, mini quilts and more).  Working through all these projects is a great way to learn these techniques (English Paper Piecing, Freezer Paper Piecing and Foundation Paper Piecing).  I really want to learn these techniques because these blocks are just so cute!

So do you think it would be fun to have a little sew-a-long paper piecing style?  I've never really been part of a SAL/QAL yet, I follow them and I always put off joining because I don't have the right fabric, don't want the commitment, too much stuff going on.... yada, yada, yada.   (Let alone actually host one!!!)  Yikes, what am I saying here?  Of course, there needs to be interest in joining along?  I think a support group is what I need to stay focussed.  I'm thinking something along the lines of the FWQAL where we share our finished projects on our blogs and in a Flickr group and pace it out so that it's not too much commitment?  How about leaving me a comment and if there's interest then I'll get organising.

EDITED TO ADD:  More details on the SAL can be found by clicking here.

20 comments:

  1. I just found your post via Twitter - I would totally be keen! It's my first copy of Fat Quarterly and I'm hooked. I'm a paper piecing virgin, so a sew-along would be a great kick to get me trying it :)

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  2. I got mine today as well and I can't wait to get started, the hard part will be figuring out which project will be first. I would love to join in a QAL

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  3. what a great idea - count me in :)

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  4. I can post a link on my blog if you'd like : )

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    1. Thank you, that would be great! :-)

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  5. I'd be interested in joining in! I'm not time rich, but then it's not a quilt is it! The 1st big task would be which fab project to start with!!!!

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  6. Oh sounds great, it would totally encourage me to try paper piecing

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  7. Hi Dolores, my name is Lynne and I am one of the Fat Quarterly team and wonder if you would mind me featuring this QAL on our FQ blog. If you're ok with it, can you drop me a line in response to this comment, thank you! Lynne

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  8. I'm also really interested -- especially if you do the TARDIS pouch... or the vespa... or the film cannister... or the... okay, I'm really interested no matter what, but I'm definitely down if it's a "nerdy" themed piece!!

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  9. Have just mentioned this on my blog!

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  10. I've just been having a look at the latest FQ issue and it's a corker! I've had a go at paper piecing but didn't find it all that easy so I need a bit of encouragement to give it another try! A QAL would be just the thing. Count me in :-)

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  11. I came here from Kerry's blog and I have that issue and would love a QAL! Count me in :)

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  12. long-time Fat Quarterly subscriber--love it and paper piecing...I'd follow along if you start a sew-along! :-)

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  13. Thanks for the replies. I'm in the process of setting up a Flickr group and I'll post details here in the next couple of days. Looking forward to sewing along with you all. :-)

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  14. as I started my first paper pieceing project last autumn (still working on it) - it would be lovely to get some new input especially new shapes. The fabric is usually a problem for me too at the moment my "stash" consists of the rest of a bed cover redish and a white pillow cover, so anything geometric. So I will join as soon as you put up the info.

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  15. I'd be interested~! I've never paper pieced before so hopefully this will help me learn and get some practice in :)

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  16. If you start the QAL, they will come and join on it. So go ahead and get it started. See what transpires from it.

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  17. My one little try at paper piecing was not successful, so I'm looking forward to trying again, this time with a QAL to help out!

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  18. I have always wanted to paper piece but I am always so confused on how to make the fabric lie and where to cut. I want to paper piece so very much. A PAL (piece along) :) would help!!!

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