Earlier in the week I mentioned my pre-ordered copy of Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi came from Amazon. By now I have gone through it quite a few times and pretty much want to make everything! Ayumi’s blog, Pink Penguin was one of the first blogs I started following when I started sewing again. I have made several her tutorials and really like her simple, clean style.
But as of this week, I had never paper pieced before except for a Riley Blake quilt block. I was a little nervous about how a novice paper piece crafter would do, but after reading the directions and looking at the pictures (and about a million You Tube tuts!) I cut out the pieces as described and decided to give the pincushion tutorial a try. Here is the final result:
It’s not book-worthy, but for a first-timer with no experience in this craft I am very happy with the turnout! I learned quite a lot about the techniques and patience that goes into paper piecing. And now that I have my first one under my belt, I have jotted down notes to use on future projects.
Another wonderful perk of this book is that there is a Flickr group called: Zakka Along 2.0 – Patchwork, Please! . This group will be for a sew-along that starts in June and covers projects in this book. Head over and join so you can share what you’ve made from Patchwork, Please. Co-hosts for the sew-along is Debbie from A Quilter’s Table and Lindsay from LRStitched. If you click on their links, you can find out more detailed information and great contributors that will be guiding us along.
I can’t wait to get started with the sew-along, but for now the pincushion is a pretty good first effort don’t you think? If you want to see more sneak-peak pictures of this fabulous book head over and visit the Flickr group and take a peak. You’ll be happy you did. It’s a great book for beginners to advanced. A welcome addition to my sewing book collection! Have a great weekend everyone ~