This month features paper piecing, either English paper piecing or foundation paper piecing. Our challenge included using our collection of fabric assigned to us to make a lap sized quilt or larger. This is week 3 in our monthly blog hop.
The Natural Healing collection is the one I was lucky enough to work with this month. Look for it coming soon to your local quilt shop.
I was given this 1/2 yard bundle by Island Batik to use for this challenge. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Natural Healing is a fantastic name for this collection.
I choose to use foundation paper piecing and found some inspiration in this book:
Paper piecing isn’t my normal mode of operation, so I used this book for some help. Since our collections this month are for spring, I went looking for some springy patterns. I thought these designs were super cute, so I used them to make a small, lap sized quilt to hang over my stair railing to decorate for spring.
We were traveling in our RV for 10 weeks, so I brought my Singer Featherweight and all the supplies I would need to make this project on the road.
Allowing 1/4″ seam allowance around the outside.
I was planning on quilting using rulers and straight lines, since I only had my Featherweight to work with, but we decided to make a bee line for home once our Airstream Caravan was over, so I had time to put it on my Handi Quilter Forte 24 longarm and use Pro-Stitcher for the body of the quilt. I still used rulers around the paper piecing.
Love the buttons and hand embroidery on these cute blocks.
This design is Spritzi from Pro-Stitcher Patterns.
Many times I choose to sew my binding onto the back and flip to the front and use a decorative stitch. That is what I did here.
I used the Serpentine stitch and elongated the width and length to fit the binding.
I think I’m gonna like it as a spring decoration!
I used Hobbs Tuscany batting, which is a cotton and wool batting which drapes beautifully. I always use Schmetz needles, a new one for every project. Hobbs and Schmetz supplied me with the batting and needles for this project.
Be sure to check out what the other Island Batik Ambassadors have done or will do for this challenge and check your local quilt shop for Island Batik fabrics.
Elita Sharpe, Busy Needle Quilting
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels
Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway
Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilt Studio
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway
Lana Russel, Lana Quilts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Randi Jones, Randi’s Roost
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up
AND NOW for the GIVEAWAY! Win this Island Batik Royal Crown 42 piece 10″ stack just by commenting on this blog. Do you enjoy paper piecing? Random winner will be drawn on September 26 (in honor of my grandson’s bday!).