My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sewing with paper —

I had a fun Friday Night with Friends this month, spending the evening sewing at The Country Yard with a lovely group of ladies.
We had pads of printed papers which are designed to go with either Layer Cakes or Charm Squares. Once you've sewn on the dotted lines, you cut along the solid lines, ending up with a tidy pile of Half Square Triangles.
I was using a Layer Cake and each sheet of my pad (and 2 x 10" fabric squares) yielded two large HSTs and 10 small ones.
There are block and layout suggestions given. This is what I have started putting together —
I didn't do all of this on Friday night as I had previously started the project so it could be a class sample. I spent my evening sewing the rest of my paper units.
Kerryn chose a charm pack so used a completely different set of papers, and a different layout.
Pretty isn't it?
I've read about Triangle papers (and so on) before and thought they were a bit of a have - dare I say it - but am very impressed with how quick and hassle free it has been to make all these half square triangles! Although I still have to sew them all together, I do have a lot of very accurate little units to start with :-)
Thank you to Cheryll for hosting Friday Night with Friends. If you want to have a peek at how others spent their Friday night you can visit her blog *here*.

I know the sensible thing would have been for me to continue on with this over the weekend but Saturday afternoon saw me pulling out a completely different project. I'd started this during the week and really wanted to make some progress. I had already sewn the tricky eye sections so a few hours' work saw it done.
I found this Eeyore pattern on Fandom Stitches. There are a lot of this type of design there - all foundation paper pieced like this one. I enlarged mine slightly so it's finished at about 13" rather than 10". I'm please I did, there are some quite small pieces in there! The pattern may look like it's not for the faint hearted but it went together quite nicely...you just have to be patient with these sorts of things and you get there!

I've also put my thinking cap to come up with a One Monthly Goal project for April and have decided that it will be to make some progress on quilting my Friday's Garden quilt. This was a fun QAL from 2016! High time it was finished. I see, after doing a blog search, that it was a June OMG project last year as well... I don't think I did anything on it then so perhaps I can do better this time?!
I think I got stalled on quilting ideas so I am hoping that looking at it with fresh eyes will help! Thank you to Patty for hosting OMG and giving lots of us that extra push to complete or work on something. You can visit the link-up on her blog *here*.
I hope you're all enjoying the weekend. We're having another lovely autumn day so I'm heading outside for a bit of gardening once I push the publish button. After lunch I plan on an afternoon here in my Palace, sewing again.
'till next time,
Happy stitches,

27 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I haven't used these papers but some like them and when you are going to make a lot of hst's they are handy to have. I have not looked at this from Moda though so need to check and see the price

Narelle said...

Your HST look great and sounds like a clever way of going about them.
Eeyore is delightful :)

Teresa said...

That blue eeyore is just too cute.

kiwikid said...

Those papers are great, love how you can get so many different patterns with half square triangles. Love your Eyeore, he is super cute! Hope you enjoyed the garden, good luck with the planned finishes.

Lin said...

Nice Friday Night work - I like your T's and the fabrics are gorgeous. Kerryns is gorgeous too, so pretty. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your sewing time in the palace. xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Wow you have been giving your grey cells a real work out Raewyn! Amazing! Love Eeyore! And your quilt is gorgeous xx

Doreen Auger said...

I've seen so many wonderful finishes from those papers....guess I'll have to try a "recipe" (I certainly have a great number of appropriate ingredients!!!! sigh..). Eeyore is just too sweet. I'm still in the "vintage mode" and see no end in sight! I'm really going to have to incorporate the vintage with a stash that threatens to engulf me......canNOT caress it forever!! LOL!

Lisa J. said...

Hello Raewyn: We should be having Spring here but it is quite cold and we keep getting snow storms so it's not here yet. Maybe by next weekend. Eeyore is very cute and I'm tempted, but no I have no time. I really like the quilt you have chosen for your one monthly goal so I hope it goes better for you this time.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I have seen the triangles on a roll, and other types, but never tried them. But I hate removing papers after I sew paper piecing. Eeyore is adorable.

loulee said...

Eeyore is adorable. Having just completed my own battle with foundation piecing, I'll give it a rest for a while. LOL Those triangles do look interesting though. I've seen something similar for doing double wedding rings and other patterns.

moosecraft said...

Those Cake Mix Recipes look like so much fun! I'm going to have to give them a try... a quick way to make a pretty quilt! Eeyore is so adorable!!!

Fiona said...

I've seen those papers and wondered what they are all about.... very clever.

Eeyore is well done, and I love all your projects...

Hugz

marina said...

Wow great results with those triangle papers!
Love your eeyore, I am amazed at your piecing, have only ever done a basic block foundation pieced and found it a bit daunting.
One day I might even try that method lol
Hope you find the inspiration to finish your UFO quilt, to lovely not to!

Needled Mom said...

I LOVE Eeyore! That is so cute. Great Ts too.

canuckquilter said...

Eeyore! He's perfect! Those HST are nice and tidy too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn those papers sure sound interesting,love eyeore and the rest of your beautiful work,well done my friend,its a lovely Autumn day here as well xx

Mystic Quilter said...

A delightful Eeyore!! The expression is glorious but gosh some of those pieces do look small. Looks like you have a good time at The Country Yard and the T pattern looks to be a good size, are you going to continue on and make a quilt?

Deb said...

Raewyn, love your Eeyore, he is absolutely adorable. You have been so busy, you put me to shame. I love seeing everything that Kerryn is upto, I wish we had a lovely quilting shop down here.

Karen's Korner said...

Eeyore is gorgeous. I have looked at those papers before and will now take another look. I have used that exact layer cake. Love the colours.

Anne Ida said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time playing with the triangles and friends :-) Love your Eyore :-)

Suz J said...

Eeyore is too cute for words. The Moda papers do create very neat tidy units... and there are so many things to do with half square triangles. I am always loathe to turn charm squares into triangles for some reason, so they really did help to push me out of my comfort zone.

Chookyblue...... said...

I have the same cake pad which I nearly worked on at retreat ...... Love the t blocks.....

QuiltGranma said...

for Eyore I would have enlarged enough to be the center of a baby quilt. Added a narrow then a wide border and been done with it. What a cute pattern!

Patty said...

Very nice. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

Karen S said...

I have seen these papers before but not really taken a lot of notice as to using them.
Lovely to see your results. I like the blocks.
Eeyore looks wonderful. And tricky.
Good luck with your monthly goal!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oooh! That pad is the same one as I bought in New York! I need to try them out.. yours turned out really cool! xx

Annette Schultz said...

I've been looking at the moda papers for quilt blocks ..... might have to give them a try. They might even make a nice gift for a quilt friend. In stitches