Sewing Machine

Oh my goodness, why, oh why, did I choose a paper piecing project to share with all of you when it is my least favorite of techniques? I like the end results but the process is painful! I picked the project of the sewing machine months ago from the book Needles and Notions by Jaynette Huff. I knew it was to be completed by a certain date but do you think I started working on it early? No, I procrastinated to the very end, do any of you know what I’m talking about?
Well, as it turns out I had a visitor show up while working on this project that I could have done without. I’m sure many of you know who he is, his name is RIPPIT. Yes, I was ripping, sewing, ripping, ripping, ripping and sewing. For some reason I have the hardest time thinking in reverse when it comes to paper piecing.

Finally, the project was done, embellished with thread, a sewing machine needle, fabric swatches, pins, and a pin cushion made by rolling up strips of fabric. I purchased a simple inexpensive frame from the craft store to place my piece into. First I adhered the paper pieced top with 505 Spray & Fix to a piece of batting, then adhered the batting to the cardboard that came with the frame. Then, I popped it into the frame leaving the glass off, or you could leave the glass on if you didn’t add any dimensional embellishments.

I love my finished piece and want to make even more to compliment this one. Oh, what am I saying?! It’s like childbirth, we forget much too quickly of the pain but the result is wonderful.

So now remember, we all have scraps leftover from a quilt project that we don’t know what to do with and don’t want to part with but with Jaynette’s book you can use up those scraps. Make just one or as many little masterpieces as you like to keep or give away as gifts and hopefully have fun doing it and keep RIPPIT out of your sewing room.

One thing I want to mention that honestly and truly happened while I was in the process of sewing this project. You see, we have a resident four legged, green creature that lives out back in the hose reel. My husband mentioned one day that he hadn’t seen him for awhile and that he had gone missing.  Now that my project is finished Mr. Frog has once again been seen and heard in the hose reel. Do you really think he came to visit me in the sewing room?


  1. MaryAgnes - October 15, 2012

    Oh Debbie, you did a wonderful job,despite your feelings about paper piecing. I used to be good at visualizing things in reverse, upside down, and inside out. Maybe if I try paper piecing it’ll come back,and with practice I’m sure it’ll get easier for you. Thanks for this week’s project.

  2. B J Elder - October 15, 2012

    It may have been painful to do, but what a wonderful product! LOVE it!

  3. Jenni - October 15, 2012

    Deb! It’s beautiful! Seeing your work always makes me strive for excellence, since you are so beautifully precise and excellent yourself!

  4. Fran - October 15, 2012

    This is one of the best pieced sewing machines I’ve seen, I might even have to buy the book (like a need another!) and do it. Great job!

  5. Judi - October 15, 2012

    I too hate paper piecing, Tried it many times and cannot “get it”. Yours is sweet,,,,I might have to check out the book and see if I can master it…..minus the frog,

  6. karenthequilter - October 15, 2012

    I love to hate paper piecing! Deb, this came out so very cute!

  7. Katrina Meyers - October 15, 2012

    Have you ever tried an Add A Quarter ruler? Makesit easy peasy!

  8. Kim Putnam - October 15, 2012

    Wow this is really cool. Great Job !!! And bless you for sticking through it. AWESOME !!!

  9. kaholly - October 16, 2012

    It’s just too sweet. You did a great job!

  10. Carla - October 17, 2012

    It may have been painful but it looks great.
    Rippit is my middle name on most of my projects. ;o)

  11. Patty Ryker - October 17, 2012

    Well, I think you did an amazing job and I love it.

  12. Sharon Adkins - October 17, 2012

    I so admire your work and lovely details. I thought I could learn anything, but paper piecing nearly drove me mad. I’m quite relieved to know it’s not easy for other people, either!

  13. Elizabeth - October 18, 2012

    So nice your handmade quilt. Hope I know how to do quilt.

  14. Lou Ann - October 18, 2012

    Debbie, I was so happy to see this project and you really did it proud. I plan to make all of the designs in this book, as I love to paper piece! Sorry it gave you a problem, but it sure doesn’t look like it. Great job!!!