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Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects

by Tacha Bruecher
Retail: $26.95   50% off

Here's paper piecing with a modern edge. Make calendar blocks, or an entire year calendar quilt, plus adorable, cute, and fun smaller projects. There is something for everyone, from a backgammon board to a camera bag. Top designers share their valuable tips and fail-proof paper piecing techniques. Designs on included CD.

Techniques: foundation paper piecing

System Requirements:
CD-Rom drive

37 projects – 160 color pgs. Item No. 45941

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I enjoy paper-piecing and own a lot of paper-piecing books. So why would I want another? The reason is Playful, Little Paper-Pieced Projects has really cute, unusual designs! The book is compiled by Tacha Bruecher who gathered project ideas from leading modern quilters. The book starts with a helpful chapter on the two main techniques used: foundation paper-piecing and freezer paper-piecing. At the back of the book is a CD with printable patterns. In between are two large sections of paper-pieced, quilted designs and projects with a modern slant. The first, Calendar Quilt, provides block ideas and instructions for every month; each design is also used in some type of a quilted project. The second section, Small Projects around the House, has paper-pieced designs for a coaster, potholder, tea towel, tote, pillow, mail organizer, artist’s portfolio, sewing machine cover, pennant, backgammon board, and wall art.

The designs are out of the ordinary!  Yes, there are a few flowers, but the designs tend to be more pictorial and uncommon. Seasonal designs include a snowflake, Valentine envelope, St. Patrick’s Hat, umbrella, old-fashioned bicycle with a basket, vintage camping lantern and porch chair, suitcase, harvest fruit, Halloween blocks, and a winter scene with a house and trees. Other options are a kite, nutcracker, mailman, old clock with Roman numerals, sewing supplies, color wheel, and paper clips! 

Playful, Little Paper-Pieced Projects has something for any quilter interested in paper-piecing. The patterns vary in complexity and difficulty – some of the blocks are intricate but the projects are small and manageable. Fabric suggestions are given to enhance the modern feel. This book has inspired me to plan a series of seasonal wall hangings. My daughter, starting out on her own in an apartment, wants to decorate for the holidays. I’ll have to make something with that adorable snowboarding bunny for her! I am sure there will be a design (or many) that will strike your fancy as well!

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