The Paper-Pieced Home Blog Hop | McCall’s Quilting Blog

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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