Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baby Jacks Quilt from 'Paper Pieced Modern'

Baby Jacks quilt (close up)

I'm so happy to share this recent finish! This quilt was a gift for a new baby in the family, and it's also my first quilt that is made entirely from paper piecing.

I've made a mini quilt or single block using this method of piecing, but never considered making a whole quilt until I picked up my friend's new book "Paper Pieced Modern: 13 Stunning Quilts - Step-by-Step Visual Guide" by Amy Garro (Stash Books).

When you see this book and the stunning quilts in it, you'll realize that there's something awesome about the design possibilities you can get by sewing on paper templates. I didn't find it all that hard, and I actually feel like my technique has improved by sewing the same paper pieced block several times!

Baby Jacks quilt

This quilt features a scrappy background of low-volume fabrics (crosshatch, dots, white, grey, woodgrain) and the colorful bits are mostly Kona solids and Ann Kelle Remix prints. The binding is Carolyn Friedlander, and though you can't see it, I used Ann Kelle flannel Flotologie for the back.

I used my Tiara II and quilted a meandering free-motion pattern for all of the quilting except for the yellow and orange sections, which I filled in with radiating lines.

Wanna See Amy's version from the book?

Of course you do! I thought it would be fun to ask Amy about the inspiration behind this pattern, so read on for what she has to say.

Baby Jacks flat shot 2


Photo via C&T Publishing

"I wish I could say I have this great, inspired design process for every quilt, but the truth is, that's not always the case! I came up with this design after fiddling with a pinwheel-star shape. I wanted a way to "cheat" a little bit, to make it easier to match all of the points, and came up with the little bow tie shapes. It makes it a little quicker to put this quilt together, while still keeping the fun look of the pinwheels, which remind me of jacks, hence the name!" - Amy Garro

baby jacks 3

I thought this was a really fun photo of the quilt that Amy took before shipping it off to be photographed for the book. I love how Amy's piecing looks next to this reflective glass installation. It reminds me of her cover quilt (seen below), which has a glacial, shards of glass feel. I love it! 


Baby Jacks flat shot 1

Photo via C&T Publishing

Baby Jacks is a 36" x 36"crib-sized quilt made from 9 paper-pieced blocks. Each block is formed in two different sections (so I copied 18 total pattern pieces). The patterns in the book are full-size, so no need to scale them. This pattern is perfect for using large scraps, fat eighths or fat quarters (you'll have leftovers)!

"Paper Pieced Modern" is an outstanding value, with 13 patterns and full-size paper piecing templates. If you are nervous to give foundation piecing a try, don't be! The quilts look complex, but Amy's clear instructions make it easy and fun to learn. I highly recommend this book.

Blog Hop copy

Feb 5th - Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews
Feb 6th - Charlotte @ Displacement Activity
Feb 7th - Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Feb 8th - Elise @ Lovelea Designs
Feb 9th - Amy guest posting @ C&T Publishing
Feb 10th - Darcie @ The Seam Allowance
Feb 11th - Christa @ Christa Quilts
Feb 12th - Amy guest posting @ Craft Buds
Feb 13th - Amy @ 13 Spools
Feb 14th - Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe
Feb 15th - Amy @ During Quiet Time
Feb 16th - Wrap-up post back at 13 Spools

 

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful Lindsay! The more I paper piece the more I love it! This one looks like so much fun to make!

    ReplyDelete
  2. HI, these are so striking>just so pretty!
    Thanks for sharing!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Love your quilt! I've never made an entire quilt from paper piecing either, but I'm definitely intrigued by it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  4. This pattern is great! I love both versions.

    caspharm@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I LOVE IT! Such a beautiful quilt for a lucky little guy!
    I keep thinking I should try paper piecing again. My first experience (14) years ago was not that great....maybe one day!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love both versions of the quilt but am really drawn to the more colorful quilt made by you. Paper piecing is so much easier because the seam allowances are taken care of.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Fabulous! I love the blue version!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Been quilting a long time and have loved paper piecing right from the start! Now I am drawn to modern designs, so I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity and if I don't win I will definitely be buying it!
    marilynrobin at gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love paper piecing and these quilts are gorgeous!!! Now I want this book!!!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love the fresh feeling of your quilt. The citrus colours really pop. Fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I like both your version and Amy's version. I've done very, very little paper piecing so far but I have a feeling that this book will want me to try some more.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oooh, those are both really great interpretations of the quilt design. Beautiful work! I'm definitely thinking this book is going on the buy list!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Oooh, those are both really great interpretations of the quilt design. Beautiful work! I'm definitely thinking this book is going on the buy list!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love the idea of the bows so that you don't have to match all the points, brilliant!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love paper piecing ~ it's great that the patterns are to scale! Thanks for the review of this book ~ can't wait for it to be available!

    ReplyDelete
  16. HI, SUCH A NEAT QUILT!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. I love this quilt, and paper piecing is so much fun. We've been needing some more books that are not quite so classical and difficult, like the New York Beauty, which I love too. cdahlgren at live dot com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Looks like a fun book to buy. New ideas.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your quilt is beautiful. I always love Amy's creations. Thank you for letting me know about her new book. I'm very excited about the new book and excited for her.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi Lindsay, love your stuff. Saw the cat on the quilt photo at Craftsy (your article, someone else's photo, and would like permission to use it as a reference for a painting.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Love Amy's book -
    mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love the colors and design . . . beautiful quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Fabulous version! It's so interesting to read where Amy's inspiration came from. I love the spin on the pinwheel shape.

    ReplyDelete
  24. such a cute block, I love what you did with it

    ReplyDelete
  25. This looks like a great book to me, lots to pick from that I'd actually make!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I just discovered this hop so I'm going back to visit sites I'd missed. Love this sweet quilt. I do enjoy paper-piecing so I think this book would be right up my alley and the new modern look is fabulous.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love your block, especially because it's all paper-pieced!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Gorgeous! Love the colours used in the baby quilt. I have this book on my wish list now

    ReplyDelete
  29. Amy's book looks exciting! I love this quilt, esp. in blues!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I really like the Baby Jacks in the teal colors. So cute! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

    ReplyDelete
  31. Paper piecing is so fun once you get the hang of it! Love this little quilt

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...