I want to try a large paper pieced quilt this year. I've only ever paper pieced by hand (hexes!) and even though I've watched Fons and Porter do their thing on PBS before, the process seemed ill-fitted to my personality. It seemed fussy and complicated-- much like how I saw driving in reverse when I was practicing for my license. Anyway, I wanted to try something simple before trying a bigger project, and I wanted to do something I could piece largely using scraps and stash.
Some friends and I are encouraging each other to get a quilt put together in the next few weeks. I chose a free pattern put out with Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line by Free Spirit to get started. Since I have an unusual amount of pinks for someone in my position, I figured I needed to get to using them up. I consulted Grammie on a few basics (paper, needle) and only flubbed the first one before putting together the next 32. I'm using a large pad of paper that Sam has drawn in since he was a baby. I pulled a few classic three year-old Sam faces out of the pack and then cut what I needed down to size. The paper is pretty thin-- probably just a small step up from newsprint-- but it's been sturdy enough for what I need and tears away like a dream. Plus, I get to sew through tiny "S" markings and giant heads with googly eyes.
These blocks are going to look achingly simple for those of you a lot more experience. I totally get the paper piecing appeal (much like I finally got driving backwards). Now I have my eye on Wedding Ring type patterns. I have Material Obsession to thank for that:
I am coming for you, Gypsy Kisses.