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