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How I Learned to Paper Piece with a Circle of Geese Quilt

I learned paper-piecing, and I love it! AND, it’s not hard!! You should give it a try, too.

Last month, the folks at Soak Wash put together a quilter’s photo-a-day challenge on Instagram. I thought I would join in because I really like the motivation that a challenge offers, and while I don’t do a ton of quilting, I’ve really been enjoying it lately. (For tons of inspiration, check out all of the photos that were shared during the challenge by searching #soakphotochallenge on Instagram.)


The theme for Day 18 of the challenge was Paper Piecing, and since I’ve never tried paper piecing before, I thought I’d just search out a tutorial and try it. I happened to land on an amazing series at The Littlest Thistle called Foundation Paper Piecing for the Terrified.

The first lesson teaches you how to sew a traditional courthouse steps block using basic paper piecing, and I was able to finish it really quickly. You can see my sweet little block above. Once I felt like I had a grasp on what paper piecing involved, I cheated a little and jumped ahead to lesson #4, and I made this!


And then I was hooked! I made another clockwise Circle of Geese block.

Then I made two counterclockwise blocks.

Then, I hung them all up on the wall in my diningroom with washi tape to see how they looked. I had been looking for something go under this clock for ages, and I loved this!


From there, I pieced it all together, backed it and did some straight line quilting using my regular sewing machine.
I finished it with navy blue binding to match the clock above it and hung it up on the dining room wall.

I am so happy with how this turned out … but I realized after it was up that I have a WHITE quilt on my dining room wall! Eek! Now I’m on the hunt for a cabinet of some sort to go under it and hopefully protect it from little spaghetti-sauce-covered hands.

Around the Block with Patchwork Posse: Block #12

AroundtheBlockBoxyPinwheelBlogWoohoo! I finished all twelve of the blocks in theĀ Patchwork Posse Around the Block Round Robin! All that’s left to do is piece them all together with sashing … and then add the border, and then the quilting, and, of course, the binding. I will finish this quilt! It just might take me a little bit. This final block was super fast and easy — my favorite kind. The Boxy Pinwheel Block tutorial is from Susan at Living with Punks.

I’m really excited to see how the whole quilt comes together! Here are my final six blocks:AroundtheBlockSecondSixBlocksBlogAnd, another look at the first six blocks:
AroundtheBlockSecondSixBlocksBlog

Around the Block with Patchwork Posse: Block #11

Did you think that I’d given up on the Patchwork Posse Around the Block Round Robin? No way! I just got a little bit waylaid by Quilt Market. I’ll be a bit late finishing up, but I’m going to do it!

Block #11 is the Ribbon Star block from Jennifer at Ellison Lane. I’m so happy with how well this block came together! My points lined up so nicely, and all I did was follow Jennifer’s instructions very closely. My “need for speed” was very pleased by her directions for sewing four half-square triangles at once, too!

Around the Block with Patchwork Posse: Block #10

Wheeee! Only two more blocks to go! I think I’ve learned something new with every block in theĀ Patchwork Posse Around the Block Round Robin, and this week was definitely not an exception. Remember how I said that last week’s block was a bit of a challenge? Well, this one was like climbing the quilting version of Mt. Everest! I’m only sort of kidding. Piecing together lots of tiny pieces stretches my attention span to its limits, and this block has 50 – five zero – pieces. I wondered aloud (meaning, I yelled from my sewing room), “Can you even fit 50 pieces into a 12″ block?!” But, look! I did it! AND, without a single seam rip! Isn’t it pretty?

The Six Stars are Better than One block was designed by Kate and Elizabeth from Seams Like a Dream, and while it is a challenging block, their instructions are really easy to follow. My favorite part is their Quick, No Waste Flying Geese method! It’s like magic!


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