I was fortunate to test a few blocks for Quietplay on Instagram for her new series due for release by month end.

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The word I tested was ‘QUILT’ and I love the way it turned out. I could never imagine that cursive writing was possible using paper piecing…what about all those curves! Butt Kristy has made it possible; the pattern is due for release by end of January.

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I have grown to love paper piecing! I saw this lovely quilt along at Lillyela and I just had to make one of these paper pieced butterflies.

The first one went topsy-turvey but by the time I got to the second one, I had not just learned to align the wings right but was also able to add some elements of fuzzy cutting into the front wings. Also, there was no need of the seam ripper the second time around! I was happy with the outcome 🙂

Pepper- The butterfly

Pepper- The butterfly

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Then came the pockets and finally the entire maker mat. I liked the thin binding around the pockets. This is actually a 1″ bias tape…worked out as the batting was thin but I struggled a bit to keep the thin binding in place.

Maker Mat pockets

Maker Mat pockets

The other extreme is also not right.The binding around the Maker Mat, is too wide…maybe when I have some time, I should redo just the binding.

There is learning in every project. A 2.5″ double binding is great for a quilt, even a mini quilt, but the same in a Maker Mat makes it look just too wide.

Maker Mat

Maker Mat

Another learning from the project was the use of fabric combinations. This has a main body panel, with various insect prints, a rather muted fabric with another printed fabric for the pockets which has large pink flowers in white and finally Pepper the Butterfly which is in bright colours to stand out from the muted background.

The high point of the Maker Mat is that its pure selfish sewing 🙂 Something for myself and my state of the Art- Bernina sewing machine.

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This is a lunch bag I made for the Bernina India lunch bag contest . And since the time I have put it up on facebook, my friends have come up asking if they can have one like this. Its an amazing feeling to attempt something for the first time and be appreciated for it 🙂

Lunch Bag

Lunch Bag

The best compliment though came from my mom 🙂

Lunch Bag

Lunch Bag

For people who have seen my work, this is not the first time that they see a paper pieced cupcake…I made a baby quilt a while back with three of these cupcakes in pink and blue:)

Lunch Bag

Lunch Bag

In case you want to make one for yourself or a dear one, the instructions can be found here . A few creative elements that I have added are the pieced cupcake, the flying geese and some FMQ. I like the pink satin FMQ on the white surface. I totally love the little cupcake charm that I could find in my stash to add to the button loop closure.

Am on my way to make a blue one with more Flying geese…one for the road I say !

After finishing the alphabet spool work ‘SEW’ in warm colours, I was all ready to try a larger word in cool colours. So the word ‘QUILT’ came up as the obvious choice.

Alphabet Spool QUILT

Alphabet Spool QUILT

Later, I realised that the ‘Q’ had a wrong band. It has since then been rectified. I feel, these letters would be a lovely addition to a quilt to personalize them. Also, feeling happy taht they have helped me get out of the sewing slump I seemed to be in, all thought february.

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Had the lovely opportunity to test paper pieced alphabet spools by Kristy from Quiet Play. Loved making the word SEW.

Paper pieced Alphabet Spool

Paper pieced Alphabet Spool

Think the warm colours look nice against the background. This should now go into a sewing machine cover, I feel 🙂

While my machine already has a cover, one more couldn’t do her any harm…

Paper pieced: SEW

Paper pieced: SEW

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Kristy from Quiet play has the most amazing paper piecing patterns. I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for the new feather pattern.

Its beautiful and the small pieces that look so intimidating come together beautifully. I have tried looking for feather printed fabric but to no avail, hence will be using leaf fabric from Sunday Stash #44 along with this. The colour scheme also matches 🙂

Feather

Feather

Maybe now for some more feathers in colorful rainbow tones! I feel so addicted 🙂
Each side took me an hour to finish…lets see if I can make it move faster in the subsequent ones.

Paper piecing is fun. I love the fact that the points align perfectly and the seams look crisp.
Attempted letters for the first time and they turned out well.This mini quilt is for a giveaway on a quilty fb page I am the admin and creator for. The month’s theme is love owing to Valentine’s day. A monthly giveaway is due and I wanted to sew something apt for the purpose.I feel this mini quilt will turn out to be smart and lovable 🙂

Mini quilt

The tutorial is from what kelbysews posted on sewmamasew.I am happy with the outcome…now for some innovative quilting on it and it will be ready by month end for the winner.

Tips for paper piecing: Check check check before cutting and sewing. And then, check again. Iron at every step, but that I guess goes without saying with anything while you quilt…