Several years ago I decided to expand my sewing horizon and learned paper piecing. I had long admired this technique because, unlike some applique, I produces beautiful images but with finished edges. While they look complicated, they’re actually quite easy to sew and the results can be quite dramatic. That’s why when I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing The Paper-Pieced Home, I jumped at the chance. This book features 40 paper pieced blocks (everything from kitschy Chinese takeout containers to retro Viewfinder Toys and dresses) and 10 inspiration projects that you can use them on including a gardening apron, grocery tote, and bath mat. The CD in the back of the book contains the template patterns necessary – so there’s no photocopying necessary!
But what if you don’t know how to paper piece, yet? No worries! There’s a section in the book just for you that covers the necessary supplies, how to read the pattern, cut and sew the fabrics together, and trim and finish the blocks. There’s even a section on how to ‘fussy cut’ fabrics so you can get the design elements you want, where you want them. Also included are tips on embroidery sitches, how to add a finished applique pieces, rubber stamping, and more. It’s a fun way to add personal touches to your favorite projects or gifts for others. I know that I intend on refreshing my memory on this technique and trying a few myself very soon.
What to try out some of these fabulous projects for yourself? Why not try to win a copy of this book? Just enter the Rafflecopter contest below. I’ll chose a winner, Monday, March 23. This contest is only open to US residents (I’ll be sure to run one open to International entrants soon). Good luck!