InstructionsI found this paper piecing block from Carol Doak's website and printed it out.
Type of item: Functional
Style: Casual, Classic
100% cotton fabric, 80/20 batting, machine embroidery thread for quilting.
What was your inspiration?
During a quilting retreat in November at Oak Island NC, one of my table mates was working on a lap quilt for a wheelchair bound veteran. I learned that her quilting guild made lap quilts routinely to donate to the VA hospital. My goals in 2013 were to continue to make and donate Project Linus quilts for very sick children in hospitals, make polar fleece hats and headbands to donate to two charities in the fall but adding lap quilts for our veterans very much appealed to me.
I contacted my table mate on December 26th and asked her if I could make lap quilts for our Veterans and donate through her Guild and when she said yes, I was beyond thrilled! I hope to make quite a few during 2013!
What are you most proud of?
That I had never done paper piecing before and did it! That I had never set a block on point and I did it!
Although I have sewn for almost 50 years, I just took up quilting in May of 2012, and I'm loving every step of the learning curve! The classes here on Craftsy and information and educational materials found on the internet make any project possible!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you have never paper pieced before, try it! If you have a copier at home, that's all you really need, a if you don't happen to have special paper piecing paper, you can use a cheap (thin) copy paper and get the same results!
I would recommend that you reduce your stitch length so that the paper tears away quite easily, that worked like a charm for me.
When I started this quilt, all I had was the paper piecing pattern for the block, no idea how I would assemble or quilt it. It truly was a work "in progress" as I didn't even know how many blocks I would need as I didn't know what the final quilt would look like!
Knowing the final dimensions I needed helped me focus on the number of blocks I would need, then I had to determine layout etc.
It was a true learning process for me from beginning to end and I did it and you can too!