I have been SO bad about posting – I am SO sorry! I get busy and then, poof! too much time has passed! I have been quite busy at work, but I have found time to do some stamping, cooking, and even sewing and it is about time that I shared!
Last year, at Alamo Craft Company in San Antonio, I learned how to do English Paper Piecing and I loved that I could do it in my lap with very little space needed. However, my hands weren’t too happy about it: carpal syndrome! I don’t give up easily, though, and since I have changed my diet to paleo, my hands are better: not perfect, but better. And good enough to pick up this fun project.
I started by making one flower and then decided to make a small lap quilt for Mom. She is in a nursing home and is always chilly and I hope this works for her. If it were me, I would put it on my lap and check out the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, but sadly, Mom is mostly blind. When I mail the quilt, the catalog will be for my dear sister.
With English Paper Piecing, you wrap a small piece of fabric around the paper shape and tack the corners. Then the pieces are hand-sewn together to make the top. The templates I used for this quilt are 1-1/2″ on a side, but for my next project, I wanted to use the more traditional, 1″ shapes. And I found the best tool to help out! I punched hundreds of shapes from retired Stampin’ Up! designer paper – aren’t they pretty?
Here is a link (affiliate link) to the punch on Amazon:
I’m not sure yet what my next project will be, but I’m thinking something for Christmas: mug rugs, placements, or a table runner, maybe. If you have an idea, feel free to leave a comment below.