Oh my goodness, is it already Friday? I've got plenty to show you, but I always forget how long the blogging takes.
I've been collecting my favorite Carolyn Friedlander fabrics for a special project (a couple of these aren't her's)
and when I saw this pattern come out last fall, I just had to have it!
So, when I was ready for a new start, I pulled out the pattern and . . . . . . NO!!!! It's that "paper piecing" that everyone keeps talking about that I have steered far away from.
So, I found a friend who has paper pieced before and I parked myself, (sewing machine included) in her sewing room for a few days, (bringing snacks always help with that)
It was a bit slow going at first, and there were some lessons to learn along the way.
1. always mark your little papers
2. it pays to invest $10 in a package of Carol Doak's Foundation Paper, 100 sheets. It's just like that thin paper we wrote on as kids a gazillion years ago.
3. keep your seam ripper close by.
4. press to the dark side (learned this one when it was too late :(
These houses took me about an hour each, they're only 5" square, yikes! I hope you're impressed.
Slowly, they started to stack up. At this point, I was seriously considering a "4 outhouse wall hanging".
then an 8 house wall hanging . . .
I have a few favorites:
and a few more:
Ok, I mostly love them all.
I even took the time to make a sleeve for hanging purposes.
I've tried using the clear thumb tacks, that works for a while, but not long-term. I tried sewing the triangles into the corners, that didn't work (it sagged in the middle).
This has turned out to be a great system for hanging a quilt, my favorite tutorial is here (she learned this system from a quilt museum). I found some good instructions for making the sleeve here and here.
It was an investment of time (3 trips to Home Depo), but now that I've made a few and corrected my mistakes, I've got it down and find that it's a secure way to hang a quilt.
I'm so proud of myself!!! ok. seriously, if I can do this paper piecing thing, surely you can! I think my next one will be that circle of geese I keep seeing.
GIVEAWAY: winner is MichelleT
I'd love to give away my little outhouse scraps to someone that appreciates them. If you'd like them, tell me which 2 fabrics in that stack at the beginning of the post aren't Carolyn Friedlander's.