The Paper-Pieced Home Blog Hop

Patterson Kathy 70px The Paper Pieced Home Blog HopPaper piecing quilt patterns are among the most asked-for patterns we publish. Foundation paper piecing isn’t in every quilter’s comfort zone, but for those who love it…well, they really, REALLY love it!

That’s why I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the blog hop to celebrate the release of The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time by Penny Layman (Interweave/F+W, $26.99).

BOOK COVER 450 The Paper Pieced Home Blog HopWith 40 unique, original paper-pieced block patterns, all with a domestic theme, PLUS 14 project patterns to showcase the blocks, this book is packed with fun ideas and inspiration. Foundation masters are on an enclosed CD for easy printing. A quilt using a bunch of these blocks would be amazing!

What really caught my eye when I flipped through the book was the Sewing Machine Block. I loved the sense of perspective and the streamlined look of it, and at 15″ square it was a great size for a pillow or other small project…just what I needed! True confession – I’d never made such a complicated paper-pieced block before. But Penny’s foundations and instructions helped me get it right on the very first try. Here’s a photo gallery of some of the steps along the way:

1 fabric choices1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

I kept the block image handy while I pulled fabrics from my stash.

2 foundations ready to use1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

At this point, patterns have been printed, taped together, and then cut apart into separate foundations plus a few individual patches.

3 foundations plus fabric laid out1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

I found it helpful to precut generous-sized patches and group them by foundation before I started sewing.

4 pattern hanging by machine1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

It DEFINITELY helped to print an additional set of patterns, tape them together, and keep that paper block by my sewing machine. Fabric placement was much easier.

5 single patches ready to go1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

This block included a few patches that were not foundation pieced. I used water-soluble glue to temporarily adhere the templates to fabric (wrong sides together), and then trimmed 1/4″ outside template edges.

6 individual foundations pieced1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

Now we’re getting somewhere! Each foundation has been sewn, pressed, and trimmed, and they’re all laid out, including the non-pieced patches. Ready to assemble!

7 large sections finished1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

The large center unit is shaping up. Penny’s instructions tell you exactly in what order you should add foundations and patches to each other.

8 back of finished block1 The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

A carefully-pressed back, again following Penny’s step-by-step instructions. I’ve already removed some of the foundation papers at this point.

9 finished block with contrast The Paper Pieced Home Blog Hop

And here it is…my Sewing Machine Block! Isn’t she a beauty?

Here’s the entire blog hop schedule; most of the participants have made blocks from the book, so bookmark this page and click the links to stop by as many as you can!
3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block (you’re already there!)
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasures (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06      Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

And now for a giveaway! We have 3 copies of this value-packed book to give away to our readers. Leave a comment below before midnight April 12, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on April 13 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

Can’t wait to see if you win? You can order print and digital copies of the book right here. Enjoy your paper-pieced homes, everyone!

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189 Responses to The Paper-Pieced Home Blog Hop

  1. Sandy Wootten says:

    I have never paper pieced before but would love to try. Perhaps I can win this book and start now

  2. sandy coggins says:

    Have not done paper piecing, would love to try some… maybe my seams would turn out perfect if I tried them…

  3. Shelley Parham says:

    The blocks are so unique! What a great book!

  4. pj howard says:

    What fun!

  5. Emily says:

    I love paper-piecing! That sewing machine is super cute and you did a great job!!

  6. Jan Jones says:

    I love paper piecing! Happy quilt week!

  7. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    Unique designs to make with paper piecing technique.

  8. L says:

    I’d love to try my hand at paper piecing.

  9. Pat K says:

    I haven’t worked up the nerve yet to do paper piecing, but your book would go a long way in helping me to overcome my fear.

  10. Isabel B says:

    Let me warn all you quilters, paper piecing is addicting, I absolutely love it. It really makes you have achieved the impossible at times.
    Hope I win the book!

  11. Linda Williams says:

    I did paper piecing as a part of a sampler quilt. It was such fun and relief from the challenging cutting of pieces for the other squares. It was also like a sewing mystery. will this really work??

  12. I am a beginner at paper piecing. Really enjoyed your posting.

  13. Paulette Jensen says:

    I learned how to P.P. as soon as I learned to quilt…….so it’s always been my favorite!

  14. Charlene says:

    What a great block! You have inspired me. Would love to do this design on a sewing machine cover.

  15. Leann Williams says:

    I love to paper piece. It is easy when you learn how to do it. I made a quilt with paper piecing and regular piecing and it was gorgeous. It had many, many colors in it.

  16. Elizabeth McDonald says:

    I enjoyed your post on the sewing machine – definitely one of the blocks I am eager to try!

  17. Mary says:

    What a great idea! the blocks are so interesting. Thanks for a chance to see them.

  18. Biz Burgess says:

    Paper piecing is new to me but I am loving the mid century vibe. Would love to win.

  19. Deidre Rhae says:

    I have never tried paper piecing before but this post shows some very cute designs. So, I guess this is something I should look into trying out for a change.

  20. Laura Marston says:

    Paper piecing provides amazing accurate results of intricate designs, very rewarding.

  21. Nancy B says:

    I enjoy paper-piecing and the details achieved with this technique. Is that an old school TV on the front cover of the book? I love it. Thanks for a chance to win your new book.

  22. Suzanne says:

    I have done a little paper piecing and enjoyed it. Would love to have this step by step book! I love all of the articles made!

  23. S H says:

    I adore these blocks! So very fun. I lived with all of these things, so it’s a Super Nostalgia project! I would love to win the book

  24. Jennifer Fried says:

    Dear Vivika and Penny,
    Thank you for sharing about paper piecing. I have not tried this method, but, would love to try it. The results are fantastic. I love the accuracy in the finished look. I would love the book so I could try it out sometime.
    Keep on sewing,
    Jennifer

  25. Jennifer Fried says:

    Dear Vivika and Penny,
    Thank you for the information on paper piecing. I have not tried this method. I really like the look of the finished piece. Everything looks so accurate and perfect. I would love to win the book so I could give it a try. It looks like something I would enjoy.
    Keep on sewing,
    Jennifer

  26. Susan Wiedner says:

    Paper piecing may seem intimidating at first, but once have a few under your belt it becomes addicting!

  27. Connie Rahlf says:

    The projects shown from this book look fantastic and very nostalgic. My husband and I had a sofa that looks very similar to the one pictured when we were first married…quite a long time ago. The sewing machine looks a bit complicated, but I have really enjoyed paper piecing and would welcome the challenge.

  28. Karen P. says:

    I have sewn for awhile, but am relatively new to quilting. The two times I have tried paper piecing – were not great successes. Thus trying again with a book of instructions may make me a better paper piecing quilter? I can Hope.

  29. Nicole Sender says:

    This book would help me learn how to paper piece! Love the sewing machine block.

  30. Julia Meschkat says:

    Thanks for the step by step pictures, that gives great insight. Would love to win the book!

  31. Dana S. says:

    I’m always on the look out for unique and refreshing ideas. This book would be a dream to win!

  32. Fran Sak says:

    I need help with paper piecing!

  33. Brenda Howard says:

    I so love this block, most sewing machines I find are of featherweights or older style. This one looks like my machine. MUST HAVE!

  34. Irene Rose says:

    Years ago I tried paper piecing and did not like it, but
    a few friends were doing paper piecing and I tried it
    again and I love it!

  35. Bette I says:

    Gotta love that paper pieced sewing machine pattern!

  36. Kimberlee says:

    That sewing machine!! I love to paper piece sew, it’s my favorite as I am not a precise sewist.

  37. Camille says:

    I just finished paper piecing a fabric postcard for my quilt guild postcard exchange. I love new paper piecing ideas.

  38. NancyB from Many LA says:

    I love paper piecing although I get frustrated at times! LOL!

  39. Lisa Mc says:

    I love the perspective on the sewing machine block, truly unique.

  40. ruby t says:

    Have not tried too much of this technique…hopefully when I do more mine will look as nice as the samples that the participants sewed. Thanks for a chance.

  41. Denise says:

    That sewing machine piece would make a good design on a machine cover.

  42. Mary Green says:

    Paper piecing makes such accurate quilt blocks but I always need s few seams to get my head wrapped around the procedure before it runs smoothly for me. Would love to see the other blocks in the book. Guess that means I need to hit those other blogs…oh, my! (What fun!)

  43. Cathy B says:

    I’ve always been intrigued by paper piecing. Looks like a great opportunity to start.

  44. CynthIIia Hanna says:

    I would love to win this! It would be perfect in helping me learn to use paper piecing for quilting, and I’d also be able to use the patterns for collage.

  45. Joy Lily says:

    These are delightful designs!

  46. Charlotte says:

    Paper piecing is so much fun! I am loving the sewing machine block!

  47. jean hart says:

    I’ve done a little paper piecing, this book looks like fun

  48. connie b says:

    I love paper piecing. Well, to be truthful, I love any type of quilting, piecing, paper piecing, applique, working in wool. Any type you can think of, I will at least try. Some I will do again, others not so much. It’s all a learning process, the more you learn the more knowledge and confidence you gain.

  49. Weezie says:

    That’s a nice sewing machine.

  50. Lori Sutton says:

    I have wanted to try paper piecing for a while now. I absolutely love the paper pieced sewing machine block.

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