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
We started the day out with a donut cake, there was some new video game playing, mine craft legos, and we finished off the night with pizza, movie, and an Oreo ice cream cake.
I used this free pattern by The Sewing Chick for the body of the bag, but then altered it by adding a drawstring bag top because I didn’t want to knock the bag over, or lose anything if I moved it around the studio. This was my first time sewing with Cotton & Steel’s gorgeous fabrics too, such a treat! As you can probably tell I still need to work on getting my tension down for the top stitching, but I was very impatient so I didn’t spend enough time testing it out.
I added one of the little fabric tags I made a few weeks back. You can see a bunch of the ones I made here all together. I used a technique I found here for creating the tags. They were so easy to make and really add something extra to a project!
Cake was a Christmas gift, the tiny catbus I found on my trip to NYC with Molly, the tin they sit on it by BlueQ, donut mousepad was by Kidrobot many years ago, Bunka doll I found at an antique shop, donut warmer that I got at Tuesday Morning years ago (I have since found one for my husband on ebay), and mug by the talented Mel Stringer