Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
I was recently asked about the star block that I featured on the very first post on the blog and where this pattern came from.
Searching for it, I came across the designer Cath Hall that has a fabulous blog all about paper piecing with links to FREE PATTERNS for her wonderful designs.
HERE is the link to her blog Wombat Quilts, A home grown Aussie quilter now living in the USA.
Here is a snippet of some of her wonderful designs.
Hop on over and say G'day.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Friday, 29 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
Monday, 18 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Into the mail tomorrow morning. Hope you are pleased Julianne, Jan
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
Monday, 4 November 2013
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Thursday, 10 October 2013
I guess that's why its called "Scrap Attack"!
I hope you enjoy this block
Sandi, I had fun making it for you!
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Until this block I have only done paper piecing on simple patterns; but lots of foundation piecing - stitching onto very fine, unwoven, non-adhesive interfacing. This saves the exercise of tearing and removing all the pieces of paper - specially the fiddly bits in the seams. The result is a stabilised block.
I love the cats you have made for me. Looking forward to them arriving soon. This block goes into the mail tomorrow. Jan
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
I hadnt done any paper piecing for quite some time....it was fun to do it again although I did have some issues with one block so made another (I was a bit skimpy on the fabric).
I also had dramas with printing the pattern to the exact size but managed to get around that with some highly technical (NOT) computer skills
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Sunday, 15 September 2013
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Friday, 6 September 2013
The fun part about being the swap co ordination is I get to see what everyone has chosen, and pair them up. The hard part is deciding who I will swap with first.
When QBSA started, I had one member in my first month, then two more joined and so on, and initially I swapped with everyone new each month, until it got to the point where five, or one month seven joined in a single month and that became impossible. So I have kept track of who I have swapped with, and am working through the list (but not necessarily when), as records go back over 3 years.
I do know however that Noeline joined up in those very early days which is why I chose her to be my first partner In this swap, to be reacquainted.
Noeline's block is a six inch one called pinwheel. I printed off three of the pattern in case I made a really bad one, and still had two to send. All three turned out ok, not as perfect as I would like, but I am a self taught novice.
We have 15 ladies participating, and a big thanks to Sandi for doing a double swap, and to the other ladies that have offered to do them as required, rest assured this will be shared around.
Now Hi Ho Hi Ho, off to my PP sewing room I go .
Sunday, 25 August 2013
I have been getting a few questions on how the group is going to be run, so I will post this FAQ post. and as each new question comes up I will pop it on here. Once the group is established this will move to a page.
Q. What does my skill level need to be?
A. Intermediate to advanced sewer, but ok to be new to PP, as you would have the basics. Let me know if you are really new and I will not pair you up with the more technical blocks until you are ready.
Q. How often will the swaps be held?
A. Bi monthly to begin with., September, November and January. Then will re- evaluate if we go monthly or not.
Q. How big do my blocks have to be?
A. They can be any size, if you are paired with a member that has a 6 or 8 inch block you will make them 2 blocks for your swap, and if the block is 10 or 12 inches you only make them one. Try not to chose a block bigger than 12 inches.
Q. How is the swap run?
A. Exactly the same as the main group, you chose a block and colours and each allocation you will make your partner her choice and she will make you yours. You have a month to make and send the block (or blocks - depending on size). You can have two choices if you like, and you can change your choice at any time by letting me know).
Q. Can I post pictures of completed blocks on the blog or FB page?
A. Yes, once the first swap kicks off I will email all participants a link to be a blog contributor or you can share them on the face book group page if you prefer or both.
Q. Can I be a member of more than one group.
A. Of course you can, and if you want to stagger swaps then that is ok too. ( eg one month PP swap, one month main 12 inch swap group. Just let me know and I can factor this in on the spreadsheet
Q. What if my main swap block in the 6 or 12 inch block is a PP style block?
A In this case you will automatically go into the PP group, as I would assume that if your request is a PP block to be made for you, then in turn you would know how to make them for others.
Q. How long do I have to make and send my block?
A. Please try and stick to the one month turnaround, even when we are on bi monthly swaps, as if its easy to forget about it all together, but if you do need more time, let your partner know, and usually this will be ok.
Thursday, 22 August 2013
I am for one getting excited about this group and have just ordered some foundation piecing paper so I am all ready to print my partners templates and get started in a couple of weeks time. ( from Ozquilts for 100 sheets if anyone else is interested).
Thank you for joining and welcome to our new members, its great to see some new faces. I have listed members on the side tool bar.
Apologies also for the incorrect email address in my original post, I have corrected this and you should be able to contact me now.
If you have not already done so, please send me your postal details, block choice and colour choices so I can get the spread sheet updated in time for the fun to begin.
We also have a blog button now, a huge thank you to Cathy C our lovely Christmas group co ordinator for sorting this out for me, I really am a techno bimbo when it comes to things like this. Simply copy this button to your blog and attach the link http://paperpiecersswapclub.blogspot.com.au/
Monday, 12 August 2013
There is so much scope on the kinds of blocks you can make paper pieced, even the simple ones can be done with this sew by numbers method, I am a beginner, but even so amazed at the results I have managed.
If you would like to join simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to the group. Swaps will commence bi-monthly and increase to monthly as membership numbers grow.
Here is some pictures of paper pieced blocks for inspiration
Images used with kind permission of Carol Doak www.caroldoak.com