Monday, June 10, 2013

New Fabrics, Fun Patterns - a Mini Blog Hop and Giveaway


The new Lola Collection by Blank Quilting
We have a winner, Therese from Georgia. Thanks to everyone for your wonderful comments!

Today I am joined AGAIN by two blog buddies. We've never met but I discovered their blogs this past year and I follow them because of their obvious joy in playing with lovely fabric and making happy projects. This is our THIRD challenge, aided by fabrics from Blank Quilting.  For this Lola Collection we each got 1/4 to 1/3 yard of each print. Sometimes "small" works wonders.


Who are my partners in this challenge?

Amy of A Quilting Sheep
 
I invite you to visit their blog sites today, see what they have come up with, and then go to Blank's Facebook page and see what new things they may have. Come back and tell me you've been to Blank's site and I will enter your name in a giveaway of fabrics. None of us have enough to offer these exact fabrics, so I've pulled together some other luscious Blank Quilting fabrics (see bottom of this post for fabrics).

I started a few different times (and abandoned one completely), but here is the first try. It's a traditional block from my book "Supersize 'Em Quilts". This traditional block is called The Diadem.

The Diadem Block: 12" x 12". Paper pieced corners
 The Diadem Quilt from my book
Diadem blocks: 14" x 14". A great way to showcase a large scale print


Then I re-discovered a pattern I had drafted over 10 years ago I call "Shark's Teeth" (I wonder why).

10" Paper Pieced Shark's Teeth before final seam
I used two fabrics (don't you love that leaf print?). How does it look on the under side?


 The paper side of the Shark's Teeth units
Two 5-1/2" x 10-1/2" Shark's Teeth units from the paper side
And the Shark's Teeth block after the final seam:
Shark's Teeth. Finished size will be 10" x 10"
Shark's Teeth block with really strong contrast. How do you like this one?


Shark's Teeth with a stronger fabric contrast
I have taken the Shark's Teeth paper piecing patterns from my CD, Building Blocks and Borders, (3", 4", 5" and 6") and added this 10" size. It is a 12 page pdf and is available at my Craftsy Store. These patterns also include the reverse/mirror image patterns so that the angles go the other way. These patterns assume knowledge of how to paper piece.

Well, what do all those 40 patterns from the CD look like, huh? Here are the first 20.

20 of the 40 foundation blocks for borders (or just fun blocks!)
And here are the second set of 20. There are helpful tips and how-tos for foundation piecing. And for EACH block there is a full page of assembly and border options to give you creative ideas. Remember, you can mix and match these because ALL 40 of the blocks are in the same sizes.

What's the giveaway (USA and Canada only, unless an international winner is willing to pay the postage):

A copy of the CD with all these patterns! As you can see, Shark's Teeth is in there, too!

Contest is over Friday, June 14 at midnight (East Coast time USA). Just leave me a comment on which of these 40 blocks you like and, if you care to tell me - what you think of paper piecing (keep it clean, those of you who hate it!)

77 comments:

  1. I love the mirrored star block. It looks intriguing. I have no issues with paper piecing, as always, practice is the key. It does produce a really accurate piecing method.

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  2. I like the Mountains blocks. And I like paper piecing-- love the accuracy it gives me.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  3. The Sea Geese block looks simple and effective, especially as a border. I'm a big fan of FPP and I've taught it. Thanks, Debby!

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  4. Wow--I haven't yet tried paper piecing, but looking at those patterns makes me want to. I think it would give me the courage to tackle blocks with lots of points, and to use some of my favorite fabrics on point even if that would result in bias edges. I think your Crossing Canoes block is quite nice, and I have all kinds of ideas for Square on Point. And yes, I did visit the Blank Textiles site. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Hossanah is very nice. I think paper piecing allows you to do so many things you can't do otherwise, like get the points extra sharp but I really have to stop and pay attention when I do it. Left-Right brain problem.

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  6. Mirrow Star would be my favorite. Love the fabric to!

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  7. Swirling star is my favorite! I love paper piecing, easy and fun! Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  8. I like allot of them but I think the crossed canoes and dancing squares are some of my favorites.

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  9. Crossed Canoes is my favorite. I love paper foundation piecing. Oh, and I visited the Blank Quilting FB page too. Thanks for sharing your projects & thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. I am a big fan of paper piecing and I love the swirling star block.

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  11. Spinning Wheel would be a great Block to do.
    I have never paper pieced but keep saying I am going to give it a try.

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  12. I love all the blocks, but two of my favourites are Swirling Star and Zig Zag Geese. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Janet

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  13. I can't pick a favorite just wonderful!

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  14. I think the swirling star is my favorite block. Hard to choose just one though!

    As far as paper piecing goes, I haven't tackled it yet. So I can't add my opinion!

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  15. I like the two heart blocks. I also like paper piecing.

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  16. Chicago Geese! I'm from Illinois originally, most of my family lives there and sometimes I get homesick. Normally I am "home visiting" in either May or June but this year finds me waiting till fall and a wedding of my god child.

    I adore foundation piecing and often do it even when conventional piecing would work just as well, especially with small pieces! I like the slashed heart as well. Often we are asked to make a heart blocks for comfort quilts and the like. Been to facebook to see Blank Quilting. Appreciate the chance for the giveaway.

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  17. HI, I went to all the sites, really liked the cup coozy and coasters from Buzzing and Bumbling. simple and easy to make.
    thanks for sharing. the fabric line looks scrumptios, can't wait to see it in our quilt shop
    Joann in GA

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  18. I like the Crazy Geese! And I love to PP, but have to be in the mood since it takes some thought. Can't do it on a day when I'm distracted. Thanks!

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  19. I'm a pieced border fan although I usually get too lazy to actually do one. Paper piecing any of yours would seem to be the way!

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  20. I love swirling star. I love to paper piece. Thanks for the chance to win. Off to start sewing this morning. You really inspire me. I love the fabrics on blank quilting.

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  21. Swirling star is my favorite today. I love the precision that paper piecing gives. Just finished a PP quilt yesterday. I cut out and got started on your Welcome BOM last night.

    Thanks for all you do and your sharing with us!
    Deb B - Prior Lake, MN

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  22. I love your blocks. All your PP blocks are wonderful. How to pick only one I like? Hmmm I think its not going to happen. LOL I kept going back to Swirling Stars. This is great. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  23. I like them all, but especially Hossanah. I'm learning to paper piece, and I love how everything comes so nicely together. Thank you for offering this chance to win.

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  24. I love the hossanah block. It is great. I went to Blank Quilting facebook page, but couldn't find anything on it. I'll try again. Thanks for sharing and for the opportunity on the draw.

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  25. I haven't paper pieced yet, but I like the looks of your blocks, esp. the shattered heart. I have been to the Blank Fabrics Facebook page and liked it. Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

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  26. It's hard to decide, but I'll vote for Hossanah. I love the easy accuracy of paper piecing tho' I haven't done it for awhile.

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  27. Oh, I like the crazy geese block. I would make mine scrappy. I visited Blank Quilting, great fabrics.

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  28. I'm new to paper piecing but I like it so far, I like the swirling star.

    Robin in Washington State
    assweetaspeaches hotmail

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  29. They are all really cool. I like the snail's tail though :)

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  30. I really like the look of the shark's teeth block! I'm not a huge fan of paper piecing, mostly because there is so much waste of fabric but sometimes it is the best way to get an accurate block.

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  31. I sew quilts only a year .. Not yet sewed paper piecing technique, but these blocks I like very much!I visited Blank Quilting page on FB and I liked it.The fabrics of the Lola collection are great! Thanks for the giveaway...

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  32. I visited Blank and I DO like their fabric.

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  33. I really like the diadem block. I am a beginner at paper piecing and I am enjoying it very much.

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  34. I love to paper piece. I love the precision it give to my blocks.

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  35. I like Crossed Canoes and Mirror Star, but Ribbon Twist would be great in a border I'm working on now. I haven't tried paper piecing. I know, I know, I've been following your blog for months, and keep promising I'll try, and I will, but I have been working on other things, and PP gets pushed back. (Yes, procrastination lives in my house!lol) Thanks again for more inspiration. Blanks fabrics are great. I do love the leaves.

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  36. I like the fish bones. I have a hard time with paper piecing because it is very time consuming. I like to see quicker results but I do love how it turns out.

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  37. Always looking for patterns/ideas for quilts for the men in my life. The Shark's Teeth and Long Double Sawtooth look perfect.

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  38. I bopped right over to the Blank page and found some very interesting fabrics. Now it's back to finishing up the quilt on
    the machine before I allow myself to try some of your marvelous big blocks

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  39. Chicago Geese! I am from the Chicago area so it is only fitting. I have been in love with paper piecing forever. The fabrics are gorgeous and would look great in a variety of those blocks.

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  40. I like the Diadem block best. I do paper piecing once in a while, but I find it takes longer. I visited Blank Quilting FB page.

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  41. I like the swirling star!
    I paper piece every once in awhile but I am sure not enough:) haha!!!
    Great blocks!

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  42. I love paper piecing. All of your blocks are great! Chicago geese, Zig zag geese and Crossed canoes are a few of my favorites.

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  43. What great blocks! Sharks teeth looks like a would make a fun quilt. Paper piecing is okay...I like the precision, but can't stand ripping off all that paper!

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  44. I do like the fabric blank carries. I love the swirling star babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  45. I really like Chicago Geese. As for PP, I'm in love with it..

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  46. I love the Hossanah block. It is beautiful! And I love paper piecing as it's the only way I get those perfect points. Thanks for the opportunity to win your CD.

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  47. The crazy geese block is fun! I would love to take it to the next level and make them in a wavy line too :o) I love paper piecing - it is so easy and all you have to do is sew a straight line - on a straight line!

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  48. I love the Shark's Teeth block and the Crazy Geese looks fun too. I enjoy paper piecing though I've only done simple blocks so far. I'm working my way into more complicated patterns. I visited Blank's website and Facebook page. LOVE their cover photo.

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  49. Hi Debby. I like the Swirling Star pattern, but I admit, I have never done paper pieceing. There is a first time for everything, though. So it will be one of my next projects in the near future.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I have been to Blanks' FB page and left them a message.

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  50. wow thanks for the chance to win. I am new to paper piecing and would love the tips/practive.

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  51. I like paper piecing of geometric shapes. I'd rather use applique when the objects are organic a curvy like birds and flowers. Blocks like your CD are perfect for paper piecing.

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  52. I went to the Blank's facebook page and enjoyed looking thru the posts.

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  53. I like your paper piecing blocks. I did go to the Blank Facebook page & there were several other fabric collections, like Asian Allure & Holiday Pears.

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  54. I love the blocks you did with this fabric! Perfect!

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  55. I love the Blank Quilting web site and "like" their Facebook page. Of the paper pieced blocks, I love that you have included the snail's trail. It is one of my favorites, but every time I try to make it, it comes out too big. Would love to have the CD so I can make them all uniform! :)
    Sandy A

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  56. I love paper piecing! My favorite block is Hosannah. It would
    be wonderful to have so many patterns on one CD. Thanks for the
    chance to win!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. I already "like" Blank fabric on Facebook.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. I love Spinning Wheel. Paper piecing is great, I love how easy it is to get sharp points!

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  59. I'm so happy to learn of your CD. I've been wanting to join a round robin group, but I wasn't sure if I'm skilled enough to create accurate, interesting borders. The idea of paper-piecing blocks for a border provides the needed accuracy, and combinations of these block designs will keep things interesting, so thank you for the opportunity to win! "Spinners" might be the first block I'll try.

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  60. My eye was drawn to Swirling Star. I've never tried paper piecing, so I have no bad words to spew forth. It's on my Bucket List to try one day!

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  61. I love Spinning Wheel. As far as paper piecing, I've never tried it (I'm a bit afraid of it, lol) so I haven't had enough experience to relegate it to the hate category, lol.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. Paper piecing was one of the first classes I took when I began quilting 10 years ago and loved it, but just recently have gotten back to it. At first glance, the half pineapple grabbed my eye and imagination. thanks for sharing!

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  63. I like Blanc Quilting on Facebook and visited their page. I like crossed canoes, but have not tried paper piecing. Does not look like a technique that I would enjoy.

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  64. Love the slashed heart!! I haven't done paper piecing, but really want to try it.

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  65. I like Crossed Canoes and Spinner patterns.

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  66. I like the zig zag pattern and do paper pieceing, so guess I'm ok with it.
    Theresa N
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. Swirling star caught my eye!

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  68. I love all of them but really liked the Chicago geese. I love paper piecing and most of my in progress quilts are paper pieced.

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  69. I love paper piecing, so this would be a great win. :-) I especially like the crazy geese block.

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  70. I actually like paper piecing. I really like the sharp points. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  71. I went to Blank's Facebook page. I'm a regular follower.

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  72. Sharks Teeth and Zig Zag Geese are neat. Paper piecing doesn't bother me one bit. I love the resulting precision!

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  73. I like the preciseness of PP points. I am not very found of removing the papers, but it is worth the effort. I love the Lola fabrics! Wonderful blocks collection! Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  74. I actually enjoy paper piecing. All look fun, but the swirling star and the snail trail are catching my eye. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  75. I am working on the Bird Houses ,so I would love to be a winner of a CD. Visited Blank's Facebook page and left a comment.

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