Posts tagged ‘paper piecing’

January 7th, 2015

Opal Owl Quilt + First Finish of 2015

by Julie Hirt

It’s snowy, freezing cold and overall bad weather here.  But I am desperate to share my Opal Owl quilt so I apologize for the shoddy pics. I’ll get better pics once the weather clears up.


This is my 2nd quilt to go on the long arm and I tried a wood grain pattern.  The spacing is around 3/8″ and smaller.   After a quick wash the texture is AMAZING.


Click on the pic above for full size. DO IT!  Look at the crinkles. *sigh* I could just lay around with this for days.


The finished quilt measures 70″ x 80″ so it would work for a twin size bed.

As much as I love the quilting, the fabrics and pattern, I don’t know if I’ll keep it.  Maybe sell it?  Not sure yet because there are some serious man hours in this.  The piecing took a surprising amount of time.

You can the pattern for free at Moda Bake Shop.


This summer I was at a local quilt shop and they had 5 yards of the backing fabric on clearance!  I couldn’t believe my luck as I think the Opal Owl line is hard to come by. That’s when I bit the bullet and cut into the bundle.


Oh! Want to see my official “First Finish of 2015”?


My arrowhead stitch cowl. It was destined to be a scarf but I ran out of yarn and I wanted to get it off my list.  I was sick New Years Eve so I sat at home and finished it shortly after midnight.

I started the scarf this fall and it got lost in the shuffle of other projects. This is my first tunisian crochet project and I really like that it has a knitted feel, because I suck at actual knitting.  The yarn is a self striping wool blend called Sheepish.

Also got around to quilting this mini .  You can find the free Paper Piecing pattern HERE.   Gave machine binding another chance… again, I don’t know if it’s for me. It’s quick and looks okay but there’s something about hand stitching that does it for me.


Just basic straight lines but it’s another WIP to cross off my list.

In my last post I mentioned I have to cross off at least half of my To-Make and To-Quilt lists before I can add a new project.  I’m well on my way with these three.



February 1st, 2014

Grumpy Cat Pillow

by Julie Hirt

It’s Grumpy Cat!  I think he’s upset the background is purple. hehe


The second I saw the pattern on Instagram, I bought it.  You can find the ‘Grouchy Cat’ paper piecing pattern here or here. Sew What Sherlock is a mad genius with this!

My cat has a teensy little mistake by his eye, but we’ll just ignore that.  This is the 18″ version and I added a 2″ border so I could make a pillow cover.

I’ve never paper pieced with such large pieces before, so it was a little interesting getting the angles for the fabric right.


This morning I turned my Scrap Medley blocks into a pillow cover.  You can purchase the pattern from my Craftsy store for a buck.

I’m determined to make 2014 a year of finishes for all of my WIP.


………. and I just got sidetracked for an hour looking at Grumpy Cat meme’s.


I don’t have a cat but I do have three dogs.  One of them really wanted in the pillow pics.


If you make a Grumpy Cat I must see it!



September 9th, 2013

Unicorn Pillow

by Julie Hirt

I’m so happy with how my little unicorn turned out!  Yesterday evening I decided to “sew one block” then stayed up till midnight quilting the pillow.  Oops.

Unicorn Pillow

She’s destined for my niece who is turning five and now I kinda wish it was for me. Do girls ever outgrow unicorns?

And don’t tell my niece, but I’ve already named her  Princess Prancy Pants.

Unicorn Pillow 1

This genius paper piecing pattern is from the talented Kristy at Quiet Play.  It’s a perfect little pattern and you can find it here.

Princess Prancy Pants is the first paper piecing block I’ve made outside of stars or symmetrical type shapes.  She’s not perfect but it’s no fault of the pattern.  Kristy has oodles of blocks to choose from and several are on my to-do list.

Embarrassingly, I’m a little too giddy about the unicorn and she looks at home on MY bed.  Although, I’m not sure if my husband will go for unicorn decor in our bedroom.

Unicorn Pillow 2

For the stitching I used assorted Aurifil thread colors along with fabrics from my stash.  The pink and white border is from a vintage sheet and the back side has the same fabric with a zipper enclosure for easy washing.

This is only my 2nd attempt at piping (first time was my Weekender).  It really isn’t too bad to make and sew in.  Not sure why the thought of it is scary.

Hope you’re having a good Monday. Prance on!  heh


July 26th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 10 – Mercury

by Julie Hirt

This weeks free paper piecing pattern is the Mercury.  As in Freddie Mercury, one of the greatest frontmen of all time.


Like a couple of the previous blocks this one will look different depending on where you decide to add color.

There are inset triangles that I didn’t use, but you certainly could (second color play).



Queen is one of my favorite bands and has been ever since Wayne & Garth introduced me to Bohemian Rhapsody.  Of course, I had heard Queen songs way before then but that’s when I fell in love.

If I’m near a jukebox and they have this song, you can bet I’ll be playing it.


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Best Friend is the closest thing Paul and I have to “our song”.   ❤


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My husband has a tattoo that includes a line of music notes. The notes are from a verse in “I Want to Break Free”.


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Okay, okay, I’ll stop! Rather than completely bombard you with a hundred Queen songs, just go play some!




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July 12th, 2013

Block Rock’n Week 9 – Penny Lane

by Julie Hirt

Ready for a music heavy post today?   Block Rock’n Week 9 brings you Penny Lane.


(don’t look too closely at that center point.  My two halves weren’t perfectly aligned… argh.)

You know, I couldn’t have a Block Rock’n series without a nod to the Beatles.   Although I should have named it “Imagine”, as in imagine all the possibilities.

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When I was playing around with color I realized the little piecing triangles could make this a completely different design.

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Or just focus on the large points.

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Back to the Beatles… When I was younger I used to think they were overrated and wouldn’t even listen to them out of pure stubbornness.  Thanks to my husband all that changed.


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Our little chihuahua rescue is named Penny Lane.  All three of our dogs are actually named after music:
Mr Bojangles (really the SNL skit dog show, but it’s a song too)
Penny Lane
Huey Lewis – little Huey is deaf (rescue) so he can’t rock out to music with us



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Soo many great tunes.  What are some of your favorites?

I could post these Beatles songs all day, but I’ll stop here.  This is definitely one of my most loved.


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June 25th, 2013

Garfunkel Block

by Julie Hirt

Finally snagged a picture of it!  Sorry I didn’t get this posted with the pattern release.


I think the Garfunkel and the Caldonia are my favorites so far.

If you make one be sure to let me know, I’d love to see it!


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