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I'm artist and quilter Stephanie Boon (Stephie for short) and I'm really glad you've come by because there are so many inspiring things for you to discover here. Find out more about the blog and me on the welcome page, or just dive in and join in the fun!

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Paper piecing a pillow!

Wow, time’s flying by isn’t it?! I’m feeling a bit stressed with all the things I want to do and none of them being crossed off the ever-lengthening list, eek! Good job time seems to stop when I’m hand quilting, which is what I’ve been up to this week.  I bought some of these fun Scandi fabrics by The Henley Studio and my son fell in love with the red reindeer and asked me to make him something with it. I came up with the idea for a Christmas pillow, which is about 18″ square. I drew the reindeer and then needle turn appliquéd it to the heart fabric. The hearts are perfect for quilting round and I wanted to compliment them with some appliqué hearts in the border, but no, Kim wanted stars!

Reindeer quilted cushion in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Who says reindeers can’t be red!

I made the stars and the flying geese patchwork using the foundation piecing method (check out my how to guide, including a free pattern), which was the first time I’ve done that in a while and the first time I’ve made flying geese that way at all. It’s very accurate, probably the most accurate way I’ve ever made them. I’ve always thought there’s too much wastage with this method but I found a way that kept it to a minimum, and I could even chain piece them! I’m going to share it with you later in the week, along with a pattern for the block I made, so come back for that!

Lily the cat sitting on a hand quilted pillow in progress. © Stephanie Boon, 2014. www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Lily making herself at home!

I’ve promised myself to keep the hand quilting to a minimum on this project (I want to get on with some other things!), so decided to make a feature of it using a red pearl cotton (size 8, number 46) – Sew and So have a great sale on a the moment! It’s a heavier weight thread and you can make bigger stitches that will make a cushion like this come together in no time. I highly recommend it if you’re new to hand quilting too – it’s much easier to practice getting even stitches with.

I’m wondering who else out there has tried foundation piecing and what you think of it?  What advantages/disadvantages do you find? Or maybe you have better methods you use for making flying geese or little stars?  Let us know in the comments below!

Linking up with Work in Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced – hop on over and check out some other blogs for work in progress this week and a fab GIVEAWAY TOO! :)

 

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