Awhile back my mother-in-law bought me a Carol Doak book because she knew I'm nuts for paper piecing. Among the awesomeness, there are patterns for many types of trees and houses!
I decided that I would sew up a bunch and make a journal cover for a composition notebook (ya know, the black and while marbled ones everyone used in school). I made a little forest, with a little house in the woods and it will fit in perfectly with this month's Le Challenge which is "WOOD".
These are about 4.5 inches when finished so it would take a whole forest to make a quilt! The little house in the bottom picture is my favorite. He came out so cute!
I am not so happy with the way the binding came out. I used prepackaged bias tape and I couldn't get it to behave. If I got it so that it looked good, the journal wouldn't fit in the cover. When the journal fit, it looked twisted and lumpy. I finally decided that I would quit messing with it because I was just getting more and more mad about it.
So I will leave well enough alone because it will never be perfect. Which is a shame, because beautiful paper piecing got ruined by me trying to mock up a pattern. Oh well! I can always make a whole village full of houses and trees :)
I also made the monthly block for the "Not so Last Minute Christmas Quilt Along". This guy is a Dala Horse which is a Scandinavian Christmas symbol. The paper piecing was easy enough, but I had a terrible time piecing all of the pieces together! I couldn't get them sewn in an order so that I wouldn't leave Y seams. But he didn't turn out that bad :)
This is also Thursday, so I am thankful to have the time and ability to sew because it is what is soothing for me. Next Thursday I have surgery on my right hand and it might be awhile before I can sew. So this Thursday, I will delight in sewing! I'm going to soak it all up just in case I wont be able to soon.
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