Tuesday, April 19, 2011
"Fearless Fawn" Paper Pieced Quilt Block
Kirie has been busily crafting pdf paper pieced quilt block patterns of all sorts of animals. As she presents each new design, she asks for a few volunteers to test her pattern. When I saw "Fearless Fawn" on her blog, ShapeMoth, I sent her an email. I told her that I would love to give it a try but that I was a beginner paper piecer. She said that it was an easy pattern and sure. Well, I had my doubts when I received the pattern this morning! I was actually frantic. The pattern doesn't include directions. I thought that it would explain how to paper piece and then I would be all set. I can follow directions and this would be a great way to learn a new skill. I had promised to test the pattern though and didn't want to disappoint Kirie. I quickly emailed Jeannie who has tested her patterns for a little help. She was so kind as to take a few pictures of the way she paper pieces and sent them to me along with straightforward directions. I also sent a Flickr message to Ruth, the paper piecing queen, who directed me to a few helpful web sites. With their assistance, I was able to figure it out. It is no longer a mystery and I liked it! I would love to try it some more.
I wanted to make a sweet little fawn. My hope was actually to make it pink but I couldn't come up with the right fabric combinations and wanted to work with what I had in the house. I do wish there was a little more contrast between the main body material and the background but it is better in person than on the screen.
I think that the pattern was great and didn't find any mistakes. The only troubles I had were due to inexperience. She has this pattern and others for sale in her shop.