So I hinted in yesterday’s post (oh, and in a few e-mailed replies to people’s comments recently) that I had something of minor interest exciting coming up.  Right enough it came a little faster than originally planned, but hey, a kick up the backside nudge in the right direction is never a bad thing.

Now, a number of you have commented on my paper piecing blocks that you would love to try, but have been too scared to give it a go, so may I present to you:

Foundation Paper Piecing For The Terrified Button

Each Monday for the next few weeks I will be taking you through the very basics of foundation paper piecing, building up each week to a slightly more difficult pattern.  In the end, I hope you will feel up to taking part in this (can I hear a quick OMG for the company I’m keeping here?  Eek!!):

I’m very excited to announce the New York Beauty Quilt Along! This quilt along is all about paper piecing. If you’ve never done paper piecing before, it might sound a little bit scary, but trust me, you can do it! The quilt along will feature step-by-step photos and instructions for each block by some very talented quilters, to give you the confidence to get off and running!

New York Beauty block from Kati of From the Blue Chair

We will be working with 10 New York Beauty blocks, and you can get a preview of the blocks here. Each block instruction makes one 8″ x 8″ block (as shown in the graphics); you can either assemble 4 of the same block to make one large 15.5″ x 15.5″ block (as pictured above), or you can mix and match to make something beautiful!

Here are the approximate fabric requirements if you are planning on making all ten 8″ x 8″ blocks:

– 10 fat eighths for main fabrics (or 5 fat quarters or scrap fabric)
– 1-1/2 yards background fabric

And here is the schedule for the block tutorials:

March 5 – Kim from My Go-Go Life {Block 0}
March 12 – Sara from Sew Sweetness {Block 5}
March 19 – Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations (Block 1}
March 26 – Kati from From the Blue Chair {Block 8}
April 2 – Jeni from In Color Order {Block 7}
April 9 – Amy from Sukie Don’t You Know Who I Am? {Block 6}
April 16 – Katy from The Littlest Thistle {Block 2}
April 23 – Lee from Freshly Pieced {Block 4}
April 30 – Amy from Amy Lou Who {Block 3}
May 7 – Lindsay from Lindsay Sews {Block 9}

If you are thinking about participating, please join the Flickr Group!
We’ll be sharing fabric choices and help along the way!

So…are you game?! Grab a button and we’ll see you on the 20th February for FPPFTT, and the 5th March for the first block of the New York Beauty series!!

The Littlest Thistle
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Sew Sweetness
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