I remember when I first started paper piecing how intimidating it seemed. Since then I have learned a lot, and it doesn't scare me as it once did. We picked a couple basic patterns to work with, and began the fun!
|16 1/2" x 16 1/2"|
I made a test piece to share at the meeting because I was one of the co-teachers. I was surprised at how quickly it came together this time around. Chalk that up to a couple years of paper piecing under my belt.
I should note that the pattern is just the center circle of geese. When I got home, I decided to add a border.
I've been a little obsessed with geese lately, geese and this color scheme! I'm happy to say that every piece is from my scrap heap. I was looking for a way to use the scraps and consciously veered away from the rainbow.
The little geese are 1" x 2" and paper pieced. The corner geese I had tried to get the same size as the center and it just about worked! Looking at the back of a paper piece project (or EPP or quilt) is always interesting! It's always worth a look and nine times out of ten...worth a picture!
After letting the top stew for a few days, an idea for quilting finally came to me. Concentric circles in the center and phantom geese along the border. This would have been a great project to share as a concentric circle tutorial! By the time I realized that I was nearly finished with the center. There will be a next time!
I liked this photo because it doesn't look at all like flying geese! More like a circular saw blade!
The circles are spaced 1/2" apart and again, I used the side of my walking foot. After the first round using dark blue thread, I decided to add more circles using different thread colors. Five different colors to be exact!
You can see the quilting better on the back as well as the thread colors. And because I thought it would be fun, I added two different corner colors! Frivolous fun is always fun!
Who here has a favorite paper piecing pattern? I know paper piecing isn't for everyone. If you have never tried it, you should. It can be so much fun and it's another skill to add to your arsenal!