Friday, January 22, 2016

WHOOMP There IT Is! #15 - Gossamer

Hello, and welcome to another edition of WHOOMP There IT Is!  And what a special edition it is!

People, I give you, Gossamer!
Late October, I started my very 1st paper pieced project as a Christmas gift for David. Earlier in the year, I sent a photo of his 1976 Ford Bronco, Gossamer, to Janeen Van Niekerk of Quilted Art Designs and she made it into a paper pieced pattern. She does fantastic work by the way and has MANY wonderful patterns. Be sure to check out her pattern store.
I had mentioned to some ladies at Quilters Anonymous about my plans to learn paper piecing in order to make this special gift and they pointed me in Sue's direction.  Sue is a wonderful teacher who does it all; paper piecing, quilting, embroidery, applique, etc and she makes beautiful tops, like the one she's wearing in the pic below.  She taught me the Judy Niemeyer technique of paper piecing. She said I was a fast learner and a dream student. Okay, so she didn't use the words "dream student" but, I know it's what she was thinking. ;)  On a quick side note: Sue just opened up her Etsy shop, AZ Quilted Angel, where she sells gorgeous handmade purses! Be sure to check out her shop as well!
All I'd done before I got to her house was pick out the fabrics I wanted to use.  She pinned up the guide and got me started on cutting out ALL the pieces. And there were a lot! I spent about 5 hours a day for 5 Thursdays at her house working on this masterpiece.  And in my eyes, it is a masterpiece!

This is all I got done the 1st week.
2nd week
3rd week
4th week
5th week
 I made her proud!
If it weren't for Sue coordinating my numbered fabrics w/the respective paper pieces and getting them all lined up for me, it would've taken me much longer to finish. Thank you, Sue!

I thought I would hate paper piecing but I've grown quite fond of it.  I decided early on that if I liked how Gossamer came out, I'd enter it in the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show in March.  I'm extremely pleased w/this finish so it will definitely be entered! David will have to wait a few more months to hang this beauty on the wall!

So here's to my 1st paper pieced project AND my 1st quilt show entry!
Here's another of last week's finishes. The block is called Summer Breeze by Upstairs Hobby Room.
One last thing before I let you go, I've listed another pattern in my Craftsy Pattern Store. My Easy Grocery Bag Catcher pattern is free for a limited time so be sure to download your copy today!
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  1. Oh my goodness! This is AMAZING! You should definitely enter this in as many shows as you can! Hopefully, David won't mind waiting :). You have way more patience than I to complete a complicated project like this, but clearly, it was worth it. Congrats!

  2. Wow!! For a first project you sure were all in Zenia! It is outstanding! Great job, you must be so proud :)

  3. Absolutely LOVE that Summer Breeze with a nautical look. Thanks for the link to the pattern for it too; gonna have to do one. Thanks for the link-up.

  4. Wow! That is an amazing piece. Definitely enter it in the quilt show.

  5. Congratulations on finishing your first paper piecing project. It is an amazing quilt. Good luck at the quilt show.

  6. Wow, what an incredibly detailed paper pieced project! You did an awesome job - it looks great.

  7. Woohoo! Be so proud! Super project for a beginner, and impressive that you finished it. I am not a lover of paper piecing, and it shows, but I do admire fine work. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your show status, too.


  8. Sue (your wonderful teacher)January 23, 2016 at 9:36 AM

    Hay Zenia ( my little flower)
    It looks great, but it is even better in real life. And you were a dream student. I will teach you anything I can anytime. But I will keep my yard stick handy to keep you in line.

  9. Wow, two very awesome firsts! Congratulations. I love paper piecing and even offer a tutorial for it on my blog, but I know there are a lot of people out there that don't. Your result was certainly worth it though! Wow! And thanks for taking the brave step of deciding to put it in a show. So many quilters do not, but I really appreciate the ones that do!
    Congrats again.

  10. I am very very impressed - that's some amazing paper piecing! I just can't wrap my brain around it, for some reason, but I sure do appreciate fabulous work! Whoop whoop!!

  11. Xenia, your wall hanging is totally AWESOME! You have really outdone everything all beginners would run away from. This proves once and for all that paper piecing is not so difficult and can be done with a little patience. Thanks so much!
    Love your work!

  12. Boy, you really know how to jump right into paper piecing! Those are some tiny pieces. And a lot of them! Great job!

  13. overachiever! It's great and you should enter it. How inspiring!

  14. You did an amazing job on your paper piecing!!

  15. Wow this is definitely a masterpiece! And I can't believe this is your first time paper piecing! I paper-pieced a block for a quilt once, and it was almost a disaster. The only thing that kept me going was that it was just one small block. I have plans to practice some more though.

  16. This is awesome! I would say you are a pro, not a beginner!! I love it! Great job!

  17. Okay, first of all, Gossamer itself (herself? himself?), the BRONCO! is a masterpiece!!! Secondly...what a masterful and amazing thing you have done! From getting the help and direction to accomplish your amazing goal to actually DOing it! Wow! I am floored, really! I wish you great luck in the show!

  18. Wow! That is amazing, you should be proud of it! Paper piecing is so much fun! I have never done anything so detailed...Great job!


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