Hello, and welcome to another edition of WHOOMP There IT Is! And what a special edition it is!
People, I give you, Gossamer!
Late October, I started my very 1st paper pieced project as a Christmas gift for David. Earlier in the year, I sent a photo of his 1976 Ford Bronco, Gossamer, to Janeen Van Niekerk of Quilted Art Designs and she made it into a paper pieced pattern. She does fantastic work by the way and has MANY wonderful patterns. Be sure to check out her pattern store.
I had mentioned to some ladies at Quilters Anonymous about my plans to learn paper piecing in order to make this special gift and they pointed me in Sue’s direction. Sue is a wonderful teacher who does it all; paper piecing, quilting, embroidery, applique, etc and she makes beautiful tops, like the one she’s wearing in the pic below. She taught me the Judy Niemeyer technique of paper piecing. She said I was a fast learner and a dream student. Okay, so she didn’t use the words “dream student” but, I know it’s what she was thinking. 😉 On a quick side note: Sue just opened up her Etsy shop, AZ Quilted Angel, where she sells gorgeous handmade purses! Be sure to check out her shop as well!
All I’d done before I got to her house was pick out the fabrics I wanted to use. She pinned up the guide and got me started on cutting out ALL the pieces. And there were a lot! I spent about 5 hours a day for 5 Thursdays at her house working on this masterpiece. And in my eyes, it is a masterpiece!
This is all I got done the 1st week.
I made her proud!
If it weren’t for Sue coordinating my numbered fabrics w/the respective paper pieces and getting them all lined up for me, it would’ve taken me much longer to finish. Thank you, Sue!
I thought I would hate paper piecing but I’ve grown quite fond of it. I decided early on that if I liked how Gossamer came out, I’d enter it in the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show in March. I’m extremely pleased w/this finish so it will definitely be entered! David will have to wait a few more months to hang this beauty on the wall!
So here’s to my 1st paper pieced project AND my 1st quilt show entry!
So that’s all I’ve got folks! How about you? Do tell!
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