The Paper Pieced Home

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When Penny asked if I’d like to review a copy of her new book The Paper Pieced Home, I was thrilled. Penny’s patterns are some of the first paper piecing designs I found when I discovered the technique. Her patterns have always been clear, and easy to understand even for a beginner. Penny has such a fun sense of humor and style when it comes to creating fresh designs. Check out her undies tutorial here. Can you imagine a whole quilt of cute undies?
Her playful designs carry over to her book, you can see she has this adorable viewfinder, and whimsical cakes that you can turn into a curtain.
The book is beautiful with color photos of every paper piecing pattern (the book includes 40 different designs), and also instructions for ten finished projects you can make using the designs. My favorite feature is the book comes with a disc for printing all the paper piecing patterns, so no need for scanning or photo copies.
I decided to make the saucepan pattern from the book first and turn it into a hot pad for my pots. I think my next project is going to be the sewing machine & sewing machine caddy you can see above.
If you’ve never tried paper piecing I urge you to give it a try. You don’t need any experience besides knowing sewing basics on your machine. You can get beautifully complicated looking designs without fussing with matching up and sewing bits of fabric.
The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99