Paper piece a tribute to your passion: sewing! (+ giveaway)

Karens office

I feel I have a special relationship with the book I’m going to tell you about today. You see, an original quilt from the book, Needles and Notions, is hanging on the wall right outside my office. I see it anytime I look up.  Here’s the view I have (left).

Needles and NotionsNot only do I see it many times every day, but twice a week our offices are open for tours, and this quilt is one of the tour stops. I’ve heard our tour guide tell visitors how popular this quilt is, but that sadly, the book is out of print. Not anymore! Jaynette Huff’s Needles and Notions originally came out in 2000, but we get so many requests for it that it’s back in print this month!

Every quilter will love these perfectly suited sewing-themed blocks. Take a look. Tell me you don’t want to start making these blocks right now!

paper pieced quilt block--button jar paper pieced quilt block--cup paper pieced quilt block--iron paper pieced quilt block--needle
paper pieced quilt block--pin cushion paper pieced quilt block--rotary cutter paper pieced quilt block--scissors paper pieced quilt block--seam ripper
paper pieced quilt block--sewing machine paper pieced quilt block--spools paper pieced quilt block--tape measure paper pieced quilt block--thimble

Paper-pieced sampler quilt from Needles and NotionsThe featured quilt (right) is a sampler that uses 12 of the 13 blocks from the book. It’s just so dang cute. Who can resist?

I was reluctant to try paper-pieced quilt patterns. Am I the only quilter that always has to rip out the first seam every time I begin paper piecing quilts? I love the precise results, and once I get going I’m fine, but…

Well, rip no more! After reading Jaynette’s detailed lessons on how to paper piece, I’ve already learned new tricks I didn’t know before, like making a swatch chart to keep track of all of my fabrics and adding reference marks so I know which pieces to attach where.  She also provides excellent diagrams for every step in completing a block. Speaking as someone who has pulled her hair out trying to learn this technique, I wish I’d had these instructions when I first attempted to learn. I wouldn’t have had those bald spots!

Every block in the book comes in two sizes, 6″ and 4″. The 6″ size would make an adorable one-block wall hanging for a quilty friend’s birthday. The 4″ size could become a pincushion, a mug rug, or a sampler quilt in any size you like. Just pick your favorite blocks and arrange them however you want. My problem? I like them all! I think I see a new wall hanging in my not-so-distant future. I’d better stock up on foundation paper-piecing paper.

If you’ve never tried paper piecing and want to, Needles and Notions is a wonderful place to start. You can make a project as small or as large as you like—but I’m guessing that, like me, you’ll quickly be addicted and want to make every block!

Have you tried foundation paper piecing? Do you love it? Are you afraid of it? Tell me about your FPP experiences in the comments and you could win a copy of the Needles and Notions eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Jaynette’s book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win the Needles and Notions eBook. The randomly chosen winner is Pat, who said:

“I really like paper piecing. The first time I did it was with a BOM project at the quilt guild.  It was a block with MANY pieces in it….and it formed a lily pad when it was done.  I didn’t know paper-piecing was supposed to be scary and I happily tackled it with some guidance from a more experienced quilting friend and did a very nice job on it.  After that, I just dove in and was never afraid of doing that technique…even taught a few people to do it (some loved it…others hated it…seems there is no "middle ground" with this technique).  Anyway……I’d love to win this book and make myself a wall-hanging with all those sewing-related blocks and would hang it in my sewing room. Thanks for the chance to win it!”

Pat, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!


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