Liberty Butterflies

It has been a while since I have done a Paper Piecing Monday post, as I have not been doing as much paper piecing lately…. but this week I started a fun little project…. Liberty Butterflies.

butterfly block 2

Everyday I am making one butterfly, just to so I am keeping my paper piecing skills sharp!

butterfly block 1

The pattern I am using for these darling 5 inch butterflies is a free one from Lillyella… and you can find the pattern for all three of Nicole’s butterflies here...

butterfly block detail

These blocks are a great way to use up some of my little scraps of Liberty… it does not take too much fabric to make a butterfly.

butterfly quilt block detail

I am not sure what I will do with these when I am done but I am sure I can come up with some way to use them all.  You will find the latest butterflies in my Instagram feed if you want to track the projects progress…. now I am off to make today’s butterfly…

 

Adventure block number 2…

Paper piecing Monday is proud to present block two in my new quilt adventure…

Adventure block 2

I originally designed this block for my green star quilt, but did not end up using the block… but not one to waste a good pattern,  I enlarged it to 12 inches for this quilt…

block pieces

You can find the PDF pattern, with numbers, here…Adventure Star block 2

Oh no more stars…

After an extended break from paper pieced stars I am now venturing back into familiar territory.  At QuiltCon I ran into an old friend who challenged me to make a special quilt… my response to that challenge will unfold over the coming months….starting with this block…

adventure block 1

This is an adaptation of one of the blocks I did for my pink Snowball quilt (which means you can use this pattern too if you want to make your own version of my fun modern baby quilt).

block pieces 1

You can see I used my tried and tested technique of marking the colour variations on the pattern.  If you want to make your own block, and do your own markings… you can download the free paper piecing pattern here….Adventure Star block 1

Another miniature Paper Piecing Monday

This week I was excited to get my latest delivery of Ava & Neve’s monthly Liberty Club.  Once a month I get a wonderful curated bundle of fat sixteenth’s cuts of Liberty Lawn to add to my slowly growing collection of Liberty.

If you are not familiar with Liberty Lawn it is a beautifully delicate cotton that has been made for centuries by Liberty of London.  What makes this fabric so special is how soft the handle is and how vibrant and varied the prints are.  I have been collecting little bits and pieces (fat eights mainly) for about two years and have a small but pretty collection… and I am loving adding to my stash every month with new prints through the subscription service.

Liberty fabric

So when the latest bundle of fabrics arrived I felt the need to make something immediately with all my little pieces…. so I took one of my old patterns and shrunk it down just a little and started making 2 inch Liberty hearts….

heart block

Lots and lots of two inch Liberty hearts.  What I love about this pattern is that it showcases the fabric so beautifully without taking too much fabric to make…. oh and it is really easy to piece too.

miniture liberty hearts

So if you are interested in making some really small hearts for a project you can find the free paper piecing pattern here….Mini hearts pattern

Do Good Stitches PP Monday

I am finally back… did you miss me…  This week I am sharing the pattern for a 6 inch traditional block called Birds in the Air.  I made this pattern after this block was set as this months Do.good.stitches assignment…

Do Good stitches block

The idea of doing that many tiny half square triangles traditionally was too daunting for me…. but this pattern makes it so easy…. you can find the free PDF pattern here…Do Good Stitches block pattern

The process was so easy that I managed to get four blocks made in no time… and I love how they look together….

Do Good Stitches block layout

I am not sure what Grace, our fearless leader this month has in mind for the layout but I am loving how the possibilities…

Highlight Paper Piecing Tuesday

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I was lucky enough to spend the weekend at QuiltCon in Pasadena.  I had never been to a National level quilt show before and it was a fabulous experience… but more on that later.  At QuiltCon Kona Cotton’s had a fabulous booth dedicated to it’s Colour of the year for 2016…

kona highlight

Kona has decided that each year they will create one new limited edition colour, and this year it was Highlight, an almost neon yellow.  They are also running a Colour of the Year block challenge where you can win a fabulous fabric bundle.    The Challenge runs from February 19th to March 1st and all you have to do is sew a block using Highlight and any other Kona colours you choose, upload a picture of your block to Instagram and tag #konaCOTYchallenge..

After getting my hands on a fat quarter of Highlight I felt I just had to play along, so I went to my trusty copy of 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars by Carol Doak and got to work.

KonaCOTY block

I paired Highlight with Kona Deep Blue and Lagoon to make this fun block, which is an enlarge version of  Carol’s Kansas Star pattern.  It was nice to get back to sewing after 10 days of not touching my machine… I am so inspired by my weekend away and so excited to start creating again…