The Paper-Pieced Home

The Paper-Pieced Home - jacket art
I was invited to participate in Penny’s blog hop for her new book, The Paper-Pieced Home.  Of course I said yes because I love sharing the joy of paper piecing!
I like it when books reflect their author’s style and this book certainly does just that. I think I could have guessed that this was a book by Penny just looking at the cover!  Her style is very recognizable as are her fabric and subject choices.  Everything has a retro vibe, simple lines and whimsy.  If you enjoy the work you typically see on her blog, then you will love her book as well. The book comes with a CD from which you can print the pattern pieces at the actual size with no need for enlargement.  There are 40 blocks and 10 projects in the book.
I was excited to hear that Penny had written a book and ordered it as soon as it came out. I particularly like the BBQ Grill Block (Lee chose this one for her stop on the blog hop).  It’s just a fun block of a subject that I don’t think I would have thought of!  Since Lee snagged that block before me, I chose to sew the Sleeveless Dress block.
Sleeveless Dress
What I didn’t realize is that I was signing up for a block with a Y seam!  I do try to avoid them but it went together just fine.  They really aren’t such a big deal.  I realize that every time I am forced to do one.  So, don’t let it stop you.  Penny made her version in solids so I decided to go with prints.  I think it makes for a pretty spring time dress!  I am not sure what I will make with the block yet–suggestions are welcome!
Please take a moment to click through the links to see the blocks that others have sewn for the hop. I am particularly in love with Ayumi’s take on the Alli-Gator Block for her nephew.
3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/17       Love of Quilting / Review
3/17       Sandi Sawa Hazlewood  of Crafty Planner / Watering Can Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview

More information on the book can be found here on the Interweave site:

The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time

By Penny Layman

Interweave/F+W; $26.99

Would you like to win a free copy of Penny’s book? I will draw a winner one week from today. Good luck!

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  1. Shelley Parham says:

    I love the book! The kitchen inspired blocks are my favorite,

  2. I love this book…it’s on my wish list for my birthday. I would love, love, love to have a couch like that!

    The dress is adorable…I think you need to make a full size one for yourself!:) You could use it as a top of an apron or the pocket of one or a pocket on a tote bag or a mini quilt with big buttons to hang necklaces…or…or…or!:)

  3. I’d love to win a copy of the book… I’ve been following the blog hop and there are so many great patterns in there!

  4. I think these designs are charming. I am slowly getting over my fear of paper piecing so it would be great to win this book!

  5. Really enjoy seeing all these projects on the tour.

  6. NancyB from Many LA says:

    I love this book – really really want to win one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. I really love paper piecing, this book looks like a lot of fun.

  8. I love your interpretation of the sleeveless dress. I think having the solid background worked better than the print fabric in the book. I wonder if there are patterns for a sun hat and sandals. It might be interesting to combine all of those into a mini-quilt for a summer theme.

  9. I love how your block turned out! Actually, I would like to own a dress like that, but I’m not sure I have the body for it anymore! Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book.

  10. Lisa Marie says:

    This looks like a fun book, I’ve got to make that alligator!

  11. Your block came out great! 🙂

  12. Karen Ann says:

    I adore this book and paper piecing!! I would love to make the sewing machine organizer!!

  13. HI,such a neat book! Thanks for sharing! HAPPY SPRING !

  14. I’m new to paper piecing but I love the way the blocks come together. This looks like a fun book!

  15. I love these cute patterns. I have always enjoyed paper piecing because of the precision.

  16. These are some really cute retro household patterns. I would love to try them out.

  17. Love the dress block!

  18. I’d love to win an e-copy – I’m in the UK!!

  19. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I love book tours, it really gives you a chance to see what’s in the book and how cute they are made up. Thanks for the chance to win! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  20. Looks like fu. Very Retro!

  21. I am loving this book. There are so many projects I can think of that these projects would be perfect for. Thanks!

  22. That is the cutest book. I just learned to make an origami June Cleaver dress last night.

  23. I have seen so much about paper-piecing, but I have yet to give it a try. Why? I guess I’m just a bit intimidated. I really need to just break through the barrier and go for it! I love the photos in your post!

  24. The patterns all look so cute! I love the stack of books. Can’t wait to check out the book!

  25. Linda Nelson says:

    Such a fun book!

  26. So many fabulous paper-pieced blocks in this book. Thank you for the chance to win.

  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this book, looks like it has so many great patterns.

  28. Jeannie says:

    I love your dress!! That is super cute book. I’ll have to see what everyone is making.

  29. Beautiful block – I’d love to give it a go!

  30. Just starting my paper piecing journey and this liiks like a such a fun book!

  31. I’ve got pretty much the same attitude do Y-seams as you:))) but you’re totally right that we shouldn’t be afraid of using them!

  32. Betty A. says:

    I love all your work and this dress is no exception! Would just love to win this book!!!

  33. questo libro mi piacerebbe tanto…..magari lo vincessi, sarebbe proprio un bel regalo

  34. Christi Pike says:

    I have seen this book on a few blogs this week and it looks like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  35. Thanks for the giveaway! This book looks like a lot of fun.

  36. Ellen M. says:

    What a great book – I’ve always wanted to try paper piecing! Many thanks!

  37. Diane Beavers says:

    Amy, I want to wear that dress…it’s so Springy:) Your block would make a great fingertip towel for the ladies/girls room only. Your Y seams are perfecto!

  38. Such a great book ~ Penny is genius with paper pieced patterns!
    Love that dress ~ perfect for Spring!
    Thanks for the chance to win it!

  39. I would love to win this book – am new to the world of quilting and would love to try paper piecing!

  40. Your block looks great! Y seams scare me in general; how does that work with paper-piecing?

  41. Your take on the dress is really cute…………makes me want to do a whole quilt of them.

  42. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    would love to get this book

  43. Your dress block is so cute. How about a little jewelry bag or eyeglass case. A place to store something nice to wear in the spring/summer. I hope I win this – I love to paper piece and retro is so fun.

  44. I’d be interested to learn paper-piecing. i’ve enjoyed the whole blog tour.

  45. craftygramma says:

    Ohhh! I love this look! It reminds me of my childhood. So retro, such good memories… thanks for this chance, Amy.
    ps- I am like you, thinking it’s harder than it really is. This would be fun!

  46. I need to practice paper piecing and love these patterns

  47. What a cute dress; it looks good in both solids and prints. Retro is kind my vibe too. I love the simple lines and it reminds me of my childhood. Thank you for the great giveaway. I could be kept busy for the rest of the year and then some with this book.

  48. Barb Brabant says:

    Those patterns are wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway!
    quilting in BC Canada

  49. Alicia Key says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun scrap using!

  50. Jessica P. says:

    I haven’t paper pieced before, but it looks like so much fun. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book. It would be an awesome read for me.

  51. What a cute little dress block you have made…You did a great job, even if you aren’t so comfortable with the set-in seams! Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  52. This book looks amazing. I’m already eying my scrap bags!

  53. caitlyn says:

    Looks like a fabulous book!

  54. Alexandra says:

    would love to get this book

  55. I would love to win this book! All the patterns look like fun to make!

  56. I would love to add this book to my library. Love your dress block.

  57. What a fun book…love your block…it would be so cute on the front of an apron!

  58. The little dress is to die for, so cute.
    Count me in please. I really love to win a pdf copy. All the book looks very interesting.
    Thanks for this chance to win

  59. This book looks so much fun. A very modern (or should I say retro) take on paper piecing!

  60. That dress is the cutest thing I have ever seen! What a great looking book

  61. Nancy Peach says:

    I would love this book, Penny did such a great job. I too would love a dress just like the paper pieced one you made!!

  62. Shelly Rhodes says:

    I love paper piecing,, and this book looks like it’s filled with lots of neat patterns!

  63. Judy Allen says:

    I’m new to paper piecing and would love to win the beautiful book.

  64. How cute! I’d like to try paper-piecing, but it seems we rarely have nice textbooks here in Japan. Realy want to know about this way.

  65. apple blossom says:

    oh, I love paper piecing thanks for the chance to win this book

  66. Allison CB says:

    Looks like a terrific book – love the little dress pattern!

  67. Sandy K says:

    I love your dress. This has been a great hop.

  68. Vicki H says:

    I also try to avoid y seams but this block is so cute I think it will be worth trying the dreaded y seam. Thanks.

  69. I haven’t tried paper piecing yet. I would love to get this book.

  70. Love the patterns in this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

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