I absolutely love paper piecing (but it wasn't always that way).
I remember when I first started out, I was so nervous about it - probably because I was in an amazing bee with a bunch of paper piecing geniuses!
And I'm still pretty bad at translating my ideas to actual patterns but that's ok - because I have friends who are amazing at it and have patterns and books to help us all!
Penny is one of those friends and I can't wait to meet her in real life one day too. She has a pattern company with Kerry called Sew Ichigo and she just wrote the most fabulous book - The Paper Pieced Home : Quilting a Household One Block at a Time by Interweave.
I was thrilled when F + W asked me to review her book - it was an instant YES!
She has the BEST tips and techniques at the beginning of the book to help you even if you are new to this technique.
And my favorite part about the book? This great cd that you can put in your hard drive and print out pages as you need them!
This book is packed full of patterns and project ideas - there are so many, it's amazing!
I chose to do the Stack of Books block - it reminded me of the first block I ever made for the Ringo Pie bee (which Penny and I were in together).
I used the block as the front panel for a tote bag - isn't it so cute?!
This would be adorable as a library bag. The leather and sparkle canvas handles were a fun touch.
I also used the little mason jar block in the book and made two little zip pouches.
I used a stamp I have and made them little "aloha" jars. There are so many ways to use the projects and blocks in this book!
And the best part of this post - I have a copy for one of you to win too!! The book giveaway is for US addresses only (sorry international peeps). Leave a comment and tell me where in the US you live and you will be entered to win!
But I do have a giveaway for you international peeps! I'll send one of you an aloha zip pouch! Just leave a comment telling where you live and you will be entered to win as well!
I'm one of the last stops on this book tour but here's a list of the entire tour if you want to check out everyone's amazing projects:
The Paper-Pieced Home
Blog Tour Schedule
3/16 McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17 Love of Quilting / Review
3/17 Sandi Sawa Hazlewood of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18 Quilty Pleasure (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
Good luck everyone!