Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Cutest Houses on the Block

So my goal for this month is to learn how to do foundation paper piecing. But I knew I would need some help to conceptualise how to do it. So in stepped my pp literate friend and block designer Kristy from Quiet Play.

She came up with a simple block design for a house using our 'Summersville' charm packs. Then on Sunday afternoon, with much re-explaining and patience, she taught me how to make the block using the foundation of paper.

So today was the day to see if I could re-create the magic by myself. I took some advice from  my other quilty friend Marieka and decided to trace the pattern onto freezer paper first. I think it really does help! 

What else helps is to use large pieces of fabric rather than being miserly and using smaller scraps. The 5" squares are a little too small to use with good result - as you can see in my blue sky. I needed 3 and I only had 2 of that pattern. Shame.

I am not addicted to paper piecing yet but I did enjoy fussy cutting the little characters for each of the windows! Might have time to whip up another house this evening. Oh and pop over to Kristy's blog for today - she has the cutest  NEW paper pieced block design. I wonder how hard it is to do?

This week's stats:
Completed projects  - 1 orange QCA Bee June block for Kate
                                          - 1 teal QCA Bee June block for Kate

Currently in progress  - Foundation Paper Pieced House blocks

Yet to start - Craftsy BOMs for June
                         - Zakka Style Water Bottle Holder
                         - Zakka Style Elephant Bookmark
On Hold projects   1 Katie Jump Kites - top finished

I am linking up with WiP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Well done! They look great. Kristy's a star isn't she.
    I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with paper piecing. Love the results, but have to be in the right frame of mind to do it successfully. Stick at it and you'll achieve some really great results- it is totally worth it!

  2. I love your little houses, I have a charm pack of Summersville too and now I know what to do with it! Kristy will have you paper piecing like a woman possessed soon :)

  3. I love paper piecing. Your houses look great and I love the fussy cut windows.

  4. Your houses look great. I just tried paper piecing for the first time last week. Kristy's projects are definitely on my list.

  5. Great job! Those are the cutest little houses. Also, I LOVE the photo in your banner.

  6. Cute houses! and the idea to put little characters in the window is truly inspired :-)

    1. Now that idea was inspired by some of the clever paper piecing girls on Flickr!

  7. Wow! They came out awesome! You've got great skills in hand now!

  8. You're right, those are definitely the cutest houses on the block!

  9. That looks like so much fun to make! I love the little bear reading in the first house! =D

    1. Yes Cherie he is in his stripey pjs too!

  10. These blocks are so cute - I really need to learn to do some paper piecing!


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