Thursday, January 31, 2013

January NEWFO

 Wahoo!! I actually did start a NEWFO this month! 

Bruce bought me a gift certificate to Country Quilts and Bears and this book

that I needed to take a paper piecing class.  I had a lot of fun and now I know how to paper piece! Once you get it, it's so easy! I see a lot of paper piecing in my future. 
Here's the project I started. 

 Looks kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, doesn't it? I started out putting a few of the pieces in the wrong places..... Apparently my understanding of the directions was not correct.

 After some frustration and measuring and more frustration and re-measuring.... I broke down and called our instructor, Lynn. This was huge for me because I truly hate to bother people with something I'm sure I can figure out, but I was ready to trim the pieces to make them fit and sense won over. Thankfully, she was very helpful and we laughed about it. I must point out that there are some errors in the book that she pointed out to us before we started. The publisher has apparently not been clued in to the errors and Lynn is going to send them all the ones she's found.  Here is the section after I fixed it (the right way).

And here is the block almost finished. I still have to do some embroidery and add the borders and back, but the hard part is done! 

 I did intend to post a bunch of stuff between my last post and this one, but I've been busy and trying to not be on the computer as much. I've written plenty of posts in my head. Maybe, now that I'm getting a few of my projects finished up and things around the house fixed, I will be able to update this more often.

I did finish assembling Bruce's flannel and denim blanket. I started to wash it to get the fringed edges to fray, but our washer drain is clogged and made a mess of the garage..... That will be addressed this weekend (I hope).The dirty laundry is piling up and I am not a big fan of laundromats.  It only took Bruce two months to fix the toilet. He just did it tonight when we got home from work. It was a big pain in the neck. Had to remove the whole toilet to replace the wax ring. Yuck and double yuck. 40 years of crud under there. Icky.Icky. Icky. Enough said.
Back to Bruce's blanket. I had a lot of help from Riley....

Yes Mom, I like the flannel you've selected.

Testing the comfort level of the flannel.

 I didn't want this section to run away, so I decided to hold it down for you.

It probably took longer than it should have to complete the blanket, with all the help I had, but I'm not one to turn down a helping hand or paw.

Thanks for stopping in! ~Amy


  1. Your cat is hilarious! Love the pictures of him! Your paper piecing is terrific - I think I have that book, I'll have to have a look. What did you use for the shiny gold ribbon?

  2. Your paper piecing looks great!
    Have a nice weekend!

  3. I'm fascinated with paper piecing, your's in beautiful. I'm so glad you have the perfect helper, if nothing else you must smile a lot with him around. Blog posts in your head? I must have hundreds of them but, really I'd rather be sewing.

  4. Great paper piecing. Sometimes it can be frustrating, but you've done a good job on yours.

  5. Love the pictures of your assistant! I have an assistant myself! I have never done any paper piecing, but it's on my list of things I want to do. Your first try at it is beautiful!

  6. I love that heart with the roses it is so pretty. I have a cat and it does the same thing as yours. Beautiful work!

  7. Your paper pieced project is very special.

  8. Love your humor. You "get" cats, that's for sure! The block is gorgeous. I know it would have been wadded up in a corner if it were mine. =)