If you know me at all, you know that I love a challenge. In fact, they make my heart go pitter-pat.
But when I heard that my first challenge as an Island Batik ambassador was “Magnificent Minis,” I breathed a sigh of relief. Easy peasy!
You see, February has already been quite a busy month. Between blog hopping and learning to make videos and all the plain old “mom” stuff, a mini sounded like the perfect (quick) way to kick off my ambassadorship!
So of course, I opted for foundation paper piecing.
Let’s just say that although I do know how to paper piece, it’s not my strength.
I kept it simple. I decided to go with a Valentine’s Day theme, even though I don’t really celebrate it, mainly because hearts are pretty easy to paper piece. It’s timely. It works.
I worked up a design in EQ8, printed it out, and was off to the races.
I chose several strips of pinks and purples from Stash Builders to put against a background of the neutral yardage that Island Batik included in the Big Box o’ Goodies that they sent out last month.
Foundation Paper Piecing Tools I Can’t Live Without:
- Add-a-Quarter Ruler
- Violet Craft Seam Roller
- Carol Doak’s Foundation Paper
- Seam Fix Seam Ripper
- Easy Trace Light Box
If you don’t know how to paper piece, or need a refresher, BluPrint (formerly Craftsy) offers classes, plus there are plenty of free videos available on YouTube. If you prefer learning from books, here’s a good one to start with.
My first paper piecing project was a set of mug rugs. That experience persuaded me to take a class at a local shop, which I never regret. Still, I paper piece so infrequently that I always start with the simplest blocks to warm up and refresh my memory. The strategy worked…at first.
After that, the seam ripper came out as I made silly mistake after silly mistake (okay, like four times I had to use the seam ripper). I even vented my frustration in an Instagram story.
Eventually, I had a pieced top in a much subtler and more traditional look than I’m typically known for–but I really liked it. I layered the top with a leftover piece of Hobbs 80/20 from an earlier project (so I didn’t have to cut into any of the new batts that they sent, woo-hoo!) and found that I already had several shades of Aurifil 50wt thread in my stash that would work.
Inspired after flipping through my favorite book about walking foot quilting, I zigged and zagged back and forth across the top, alternating lines of color. When I finished, the quilting reminded me of an EKG (a very, very irregular one), which I thought was perfect for a heart quilt. And Pitter-Pat became the name of the quilt.
I loved my first challenge with Island Batik fabrics, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with the Island Batik team, partners, and ambassadors for the rest of 2019!
PS–Although I didn’t get a chance to use my new AccuQuilt Go! cutter for this project, I’ll be using it for the March challenge. I had a blast creating a little video to show all the fun stuff that was in the Ready! Set! Go! box that came with all of the Island Batik fabrics!