Hello Dear Friends! There has been so many things happening lately that I feel after a long time I write just ‘normal’ post! I have been amazed about your wonderful comments on the Blog Hop give away post! Thank you so much for sharing where you come from – it has been great to receive wishes around the world! So today it’s about English paper piecing …
I haven’t made much paper piecing but lately it has been a lot in my mind. Every one is paper piecing – right – and they have inspired me! I thought it’s a great idea to make a hobby box to keep with me and when ever I need to wait somewhere or I have a moment without doing anything (?), I can get the box to my restless hands. And there were just perfect fabrics waiting on my table … a while ago we made a swap with Kerry and that scrap bundle was shouting ‘we want to be paper pieced’!
I was searching from my stash more vintage and retro style fabrics … not so great catch but something I found. I feel like I’m returning to the roots of patchwork when cutting the papers and sewing by hand these little pieces. First I had hexagons in my mind, but when I saw the octagons with tiny squares, I knew ‘this is it’! I printed the shapes from this great site www.incompetech.com/graphpaper They have lots of shapes and useful, printable designs!
At the first busy searching I found only this coocie tin. Cute but not practical. Then I saw my grandfather’s paint box! This would be so perfect – even the inside size is exactly for the οκτάγωνο (οκτω=eight , γωνια=corner) = octagon … I just love these Greek words!!! But unfortunately this very special wooden box has strong smell of the oil paints and can’t be used for my sewing. Still it is a great inspiration and made me feel more strongly that this project is going to take me back to old days!
My plan for this project was not have any plan! Just to enjoy making those little octagons, using any kind of beautiful scraps. Okey, still I don’t have a plan and don’t make one, but I have a name! “Grandpa’s Paints”. My grandfather Yrjo Kivisalo, was a painter and I have wrote more about him HERE.
This is one of my favourites from his paintings! and funny thing is that I saw this for the first time only few months ago! Unfortunately it’s not in our family or even with relatives. My grandfather painted very much (he started to draw as a little boy) and he painted many kind of paintings. Mostly he enjoyed portrets – travelling and meeting new people, and also he loved to paint nature. His colours are soft, natural but sometimes also very happy …
This is one other favourite and this I have at home! Colours are really bright (photo doesn’t show them enough). Both these paintings are bothering me … I would love to make them quilts!
You understand that I had to take one shoot with bright, blue, spring sky! I think you can also understand that now I have a serious problem … how I can stop to make these … this was supposed to be the side project – just when I don’t have anything else to do!
You may wonder about those really small white squares. When I had made first 4 octagons, I sew them together adding the white square. I didn’t use paper for that, just folded the edges and tried if it’s possible to sew it without paper. Fortunately it works! I don’t think I could have started to put paper for every tiny square.
I started to have ideas how to make them blocks. I thought there could be nine octagons, a little bit like granny square and that lead me also for the ‘Grandpa’s Paints’ theme. Those blocks could be also bigger with 15 octagons and surrounded with white octagons. There are many possibilities and I don’t know yet how to continue. But soon I shall start to sew them together so I can re-use the papers and don’t need to make all the time more and more papers.
Next time I shall show you how I make these octagons. No tutorial because I’m really beginner with this. Also I have made separate page (find it up on the header) with paper piecing. There I are lots of useful and inspiring links. I shall add there always new info when I find something. There will be also links for foundation paper piecing. I have a new button on my sidelist ‘Forest QAL’. Have a look, that is so cool! It’s about foundation paper pieced blocks with forest theme. The first block is Woodpecker! It’s amazing and I want to make it … if I ever can.
I have fixed a new very well organized ‘tool box’ for my project – you see that also next time … I just have to find now where to put my knackebrod?! This orange is really big so you get an idea how little these octagons are …
If you are busy to start paper piecing, here are some great links to begin:
‘Life Under Quilts’ Jessica has made a great video to show you how to paper piece hexagons!
‘Incompetech’ Printable shapes
‘Paper Pieces’ From here you can by ready paper templates
Couldn’t leave you without spring and sunshine! I wish you wonderful week! I hope you have already spring or signs of it! Thank you for your visit and lovely comments! Sorry but now I just need to make new οκταγωνο!