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Vote Now and Give-Away: Paper Pieced Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

It’s time to vote and enter the give-away for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. This week’s theme is Paper Pieced Quilts.

This week’s guest judge is Kristen from Meadowbrook. She’ll have 100 bonus points to assign to up to four quilts.

Give-Away from {no} hats in the house


Hi there! My name is Sarah, and I blog over at {no} hats in the house. I’ve been a little obsessed with paper piecing ever since stumbling upon Sonja of Artisania’s playful patterns last fall, so I’m pretty flipping excited to see (and sponsor) this week’s Show & Tell.

In fact, I’m so smitten with this technique that a few months ago I decided to give the whole pattern-designing bit a go! I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with the process. So far I’ve released a few patterns (freebies, too!), and several more are in the design and testing stages. If you like what you see, keep an eye on the shop this summer. I hope to be updating with new paper-pieced fun over the next couple months ;)


This week I’m thrilled to offer a bundle of my {shine bright} like a birthstone quilt block patterns (princess + round), plus a hand-selected assortment of diamond-hued solids to get you started on your first piece of fabric bling.


Both patterns are 6-page PDFs (instant gratification!) complete with introductions + instructions, coloring pages + color placement tips, and paper piecing templates that can be scaled to create whatever size gem your heart desires.


The fabric bundle includes 11 gray gradients in a mix of F8+F16 cuts, totaling over a yard of gray goodness. Each shade was handpicked by yours truly to emulate that irresistible diamond sheen. Just add a stash white and you’ll have a diamond on your hands in no time ;)


And in honor of this paper piecing spectacular, for the next week I’ll be offering these beauties at 10% off over in my Craftsy shop (no discount code needed!) The special will run through the July 4th, and in the meantime, best of luck!

The quilter with the most votes (community and guest judge) and someone randomly chosen from the comments below will win Sarah’s patterns and fabric bundle.

To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering: Do you have a favourite brand of batting? If so which one? Do you use it for machine or hand quilting?.

You have until Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. (EDT) to enter the give-away.

This Week’s Quilts

Here are this week’s Paper Pieced Quilts:

Quick stats:

  • Total submissions: 34
  • Total countries: 10
  • Total provinces: 3
  • Total states: 15

You can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Bella Bella Bella Bella
By: Busybees2,
Virginia, USA

This Bella Bella quilt pattern is at this point awaiting the perfect quilting & quilter. The main body was paper pieced, the center medallion was fussy cut & paper pieced, and my wonderful husband designed the paper piecing patterns for the borders.

I plan for a turquoise piping & brown bindin

Quilt size: width: 87" height: 87"

Blue Bird of Happiness Blue Bird of Happiness
By: Amy Gay,
Louisiana, USA
Blog: Butterfly Angels Quilting

Dot Gautier of Stitches and Kisses designed the paper pieced center of this sweet little wall hanging. I added tiny nine patches and appliqued flowers for contrast. It ended up being shipped over seas in a swap sponsored here.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 24"

BOM Sampler in 1/12 Scale BOM Sampler in 1/12 Scale
By: Diane Bryant,
Ohio, USA

My quilt group was doing a Block of the Month and I decided to see if I could reproduce it in miniature. All of the blocks are hand pieced. The plain blocks are a stripe fabric. It was fun to challenge myself and see how small I could go. The smallest piece is a 1/8 inch triangle in the heart block.

Quilt size: width: 5.5" height: 7"

By: Jean,
Ohio, USA

This was designed by a woman in Canton, Pa. named Betty Neff. She lives on Center Street there. My husband came from the same town. It is paper pieced with applique vine around. It is machine quilted as well.

Quilt size: width: 49" height: 51"

Compass Celebration Compass Celebration
By: Debbie,
Blog: Jerusalem Notes: Fiberwork by Debbie

This is a mini-quilt that I made several years ago using one of Carol Doak’s blocks. It contains my favorite colors. It was once included in a magazine article that Carol wrote for Quilter’s Newsletter.

Quilt size: width: 12" height: 12"

Dancing Ribbons Dancing Ribbons
By: Ranju Gandhi,

This wall hanging is paper pieced in silk.
Inspired by Cindy Robbins

Quilt size: width: 16" height: 16"

Explorations Explorations
By: Sally Gould Wright,
California, USA
Blog: Sally Gould Wright Textile Artist

The raffle quilt for the 2009 Santa Monica Quilt Guild Quilt Show ” Explorations”. I designed the quilt with my art quilt group & paper pieced the central compass. Kits for the stars and geese were made by members from designs by Peggy Martin. I sewed it together and quilted the final result.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 72"

Feathered Peacock Star Feathered Peacock Star
By: Darlene Gerber,
Ohio, USA
Blog: I Quilt Scarlet and Gray

Custom free motion quilting enhances the Merlot to Light Green Batiks, which radiate from dark to light in my second Judy Niemeyer paper pieced creation. My biggest challenge was selecting the colors and patterns of the 12 different batiks. My husband says they remind him of peacock’s feathers.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

Forest QAL Forest QAL
By: AmandaK@whatthebobbin,
Texas, USA
Blog: What the bobbin?

This quilt is made up of several paper-pieced blocks from the Forest QAL Hosted by Shape Moth. I’ve added in a strip of “leftovers” fabric from the blocks to enlarge the top a bit. I am still working on what the back will look like.

Quilt size: width: 48" height: 50"

Gansos entre estrellas Gansos entre estrellas
By: azuliverde,
Blog: azuliverde patchwork & quilting

This is my first paper piecing quilt and it’s a wall hanging for my daughter’s bedroom.

I bought the fabrics in the U.S.A. (I’m from Uruguay).

Some details are still missing. The flying geese will have a 1/4” bias and the quilt will have a wider bias al around.

Quilt size: width: 47" height: 34"

grandmothers garden grandmothers garden
By: Marianne,
Blog: sew paint it

I started this quilt with no plan of what size it was going to be and I made quite a few flowers before deciding how what the other hexagons would be. I used a jelly roll. It is hand pieced and hand quilted. It is for my daughter and she loves it. What more thanks does one need?

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 50"

Hairbell Hairbell
By: Kathy Howard,
Vermont, USA

The Hair Bells are from a wildflower photo by my brother. I drew out the design myself and paper pieced it. The dimensions are approximate as I don’t remember the size for sure.

It was a Christmas gift to the brother who took the photo.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 45"

Jenny's Harry Potter Quilt Jenny’s Harry Potter Quilt
By: Joan,
Iowa, USA

My daughter loves Harry Potter, I saw this BOM at fandominstitches.com, & make it for her. When it came time to titling the books, Jenny picked out the titles.
This quilt took over 300 hours to make. The back is paper-pieced also.

Quilt size: width: 68" height: 79"

Kaffe for Julianne Kaffe for Julianne
By: Lynn,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Quiltn 4 Fun

This was done for a Doll Quilt Swap. The recipient liked Kaffe Fassett and paper piecing. This is what I came up with.

Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"

Kashmir Kashmir
By: Jenny,
Minnesota, USA

This is a kit by Jinny Beyer given to me as a gift. It is my first paper pieced quilt. I had many frustrating moments but with several calls to a quilting buddy I persevered. I am happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to get it quilted.

Quilt size: width: 82" height: 82"

Let's Twist Again Let’s Twist Again
By: Lorraine,
New Zealand
Blog: Kiwi quilting and other stuff

My first PP quilt. Design came via an on-line purchase and I had grave problems with it (won’t mention shop). I could not get the twisted log cabin to work and thought it was me but the paper pattern needed to be reversed. Quilted by my friend Sue Roper in exchange for a quilt top I made for her

Quilt size: width: 108" height: 108"

Lighthouses Lighthouses
By: Sandy Lynch,
Maryland, USA

Found this pattern for paper pieced lighthouses and just had to make it. Each lighthouse is 3 inches x 3.5 inches.

Quilt size: width: 13" height: 20"

Log Cabin Mini Log Cabin Mini
By: Hetty Gruener,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Crafts and Stuff

This miniature was intended to be part of a silent auction at our quilt show, but it did not get done in time. Only 14 inches square, it contains 336 pieces of fabric, not including the borders. Each strip is 1/4in. finished. I doubt that I could have made it without paper piecing it.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 14"

Mariner's Compass Stars in Window Mariner’s Compass Stars in Window
By: Carol Johnston,
Idaho, USA

I purchased Carol Doak’s book, Mariner’s Compass Stars and made two different quilts using paper pieced blocks. Then I just had to make a whole quilt of different stars from the book. This is the result

Quilt size: width: 73" height: 90"

Mars Sure is Bright Tonight Mars Sure is Bright Tonight
By: Kathleen Leake,
California, USA

This was made for my daughter to take to college. It was a modification of the Millennium Compass pattern published in The Foundation Piecer magazine in 2001. She needed a twin-size quilt so I added lots more stars. The original pattern had the stars on beige fabric.

Quilt size: width: 84" height: 108"

Memories of Wales Memories of Wales
By: Anne Shelbaer,
Colorado, USA

‘Memories of Wales’ These are the words below the dragon in Welsh. Contest called ‘Memories’; background, border & teal only were added other fabric were from the contest. Really fun but was difficult to piece together, all those straight lines. Did not actually see a dragon while in Wales.

Quilt size: width: 23" height: 30"

Mexican Colors Mexican Colors
By: Marjorie Nath,

This is the Rays of Hope pattern by Carol Doak. My inspiration was all the beautiful flowers here in Mexico that seem to bloom all year round. This is the first of the wall hangings that I plan to make for the home that we are building.

Quilt size: width: 28" height: 28"

Music to the Heart Music to the Heart
By: Donna Porter,
California, USA

My son Adam just graduated from CSU Chico with his teaching credential in music. He just landed his first teaching job and will be working with the young people of the Kerman California.

We are so proud of him and this is his graduation present.

Quilt size: width: 68" height: 84"

One Day at a Time One Day at a Time
By: Martha Szescila,
Florida, USA

Inspired by my late husband, while he was battling brain cancer. He believed all things could be accomplished “one day at a time”. This was machine pieced, machine quilted, and hand beaded and took 3 years to complete. It is my tribute to his strength.

Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"

Orange Peel Orange Peel
By: Bunny,
Ontario, Canada
Blog: Creative Hare

This quilt is entirely paper pieced. I enjoyed making this quilt although the border was a little tricky. There are a variety of several fabrics as you can imagine.

Quilt size: width: 80″" height: 80″"

Prairie Schoolhouses Prairie Schoolhouses
By: Delia Hardcastle,
United Arab Emirates
Blog: DeliasQuilts

Prairie Schoolhouses was my first attempt at foundation paper piecing. I used leftover scraps of material from another project. The best part of the process was tearing off the paper afterwards and turning over the square to discover how perfect the schoolhouse finished. I hand quilted it.

Quilt size: width: 36" height: 36"

Quel est le chemin pour Sesame Street? Quel est le chemin pour Sesame Street?
By: Accroquilt,
Quebec, Canada
Blog: Accroquilt

Patterns from Fandom in stitches.com
Designer: Michelle thompson
I made it for my grandson Victor.

Quilt size: width: 54" height: 80"

Sew interwined Sew interwined
By: Kerri Hunter,

I made this quilt from an online QAL late last year, it was designed by Jen Excell and Melissa Dunworth. It was my first attempt at paper piecing and I found it so much fun as it went together without any issues.

Quilt size: width: 65" height: 65"

Starburst Wedding Ring Starburst Wedding Ring
By: Anne Cloud,
Tennessee, USA

I made this paper-pieced quilt as a gift for my daughter. She helped me choose the fabrics, not realizing I was making it for her. She was stunned when she opened her Christmas present the following year.

Quilt size: width: 60" height: 60"

Swedish Bloom Swedish Bloom
By: Debbie,
California, USA
Blog: Sewzalot.com

This paper-pieced quilt was made while participating in the Patchwork Please, Zakka 2.0 Sew-Along. Working through the new book Patchwork Please-one project a week! This is a variation of a project in the book upcoming for Week 10.

Quilt size: width: 56" height: 64"

The Zoo The Zoo
By: Afton,
New Mexico, USA
Blog: Quilting Mod

“The Zoo” is my own original paper-pieced pattern designed for my son, who loves animals.

Quilt size: width: 44" height: 56"

Tropical Ferns Tropical Ferns
By: Debbie Grasley,
Minnesota, USA

I made this for my sister who lives in Alabama. She wanted something that was tropical and I used all colorful batiks in paper piecing this together. She loves it.

Quilt size: width: 6" height: 79"

Trouvez le coeur Trouvez le coeur
By: Brigitte DUMAINE,
Blog: Patch en Ostrevant

Kit de Jinny Beyer, magnifique arc en ciel, j’aime beaucoup les travaux de cette créatrice ! entièrement piécé et quilté machine.

Quilt size: width: 45" height: 45"

Y = X Y = X
By: GeoMama,
Alberta, Canada
Blog: GeoMama

This is a small block that is going to be a pillow top. I love math and think there are far too few math related quilts out there. This was my first attempt at paper piecing, I designed the block myself. I have more ideas of math related blocks to make once this pillow is finished.

Quilt size: width: 10" height: 10"

Vote Now

Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!

  • Voting is open Friday to Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
  • Winner announced next week

How to Vote:

  • Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to FOUR favourites this week.
  • Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.

Paper Pieced Quilts

  • Jenny's Harry Potter Quilt (33%, 240 Votes)
  • Bella Bella (21%, 155 Votes)
  • Starburst Wedding Ring (17%, 123 Votes)
  • Gansos entre estrellas (17%, 122 Votes)
  • Mars Sure is Bright Tonight (15%, 109 Votes)
  • Feathered Peacock Star (13%, 96 Votes)
  • Orange Peel (12%, 85 Votes)
  • One Day at a Time (11%, 83 Votes)
  • Explorations (9%, 63 Votes)
  • BOM Sampler in 1/12 Scale (8%, 58 Votes)
  • Mariner's Compass Stars in Window (7%, 52 Votes)
  • Dancing Ribbons (6%, 45 Votes)
  • Trouvez le coeur (6%, 43 Votes)
  • Kashmir (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Music to the Heart (4%, 30 Votes)
  • Let's Twist Again (4%, 28 Votes)
  • Memories of Wales (4%, 27 Votes)
  • Log Cabin Mini (4%, 26 Votes)
  • Compass Celebration (3%, 21 Votes)
  • Swedish Bloom (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Sew interwined (2%, 16 Votes)
  • Quel est le chemin pour Sesame Street? (2%, 16 Votes)
  • grandmothers garden (2%, 15 Votes)
  • Lighthouses (2%, 12 Votes)
  • The Zoo (1%, 10 Votes)
  • CENTER STREET USA (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Mexican Colors (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Tropical Ferns (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Prairie Schoolhouses (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Y = X (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Forest QAL (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Blue Bird of Happiness (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Hairbell (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Kaffe for Julianne (1%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 726

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Next Week’s Show & Tell

The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Patriotic Quilts. Any quilt size is acceptable and unfinished quilt tops are welcome as well. This is not limited to just Canada/USA patriotic-themed quilts. Please don’t submit a quilt you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something different!

Read the Guidelines and submit your photo before Friday, July 5th, 2013 at 8 a.m. (EDT).


Wanted: I need a sponsor for next week’s event, contact me please. There are only a few sponsorship weeks left available for 2013.

To sponsor a weekly Quilters’ Show and Tell event, please send me an email and I’ll send you the information package. Check available dates here.

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130 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Paper Pieced Quilts”

  1. I like Warm & Natural or Warm & White for my machine quilting. Haven’t done any hand quilting before.

  2. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I like the thinner, natural fiber ones (so far) – I’ve not quilted long enough to have settled on a particular brand yet. :)

  3. Patricia Dawe says:

    The batting I’ve used most frequently is the Hobbs brand- the Hobbs Natural Cotton as well as the Hobbs Polydown.
    Both are great for machine quilting.

  4. DONA SANBORN says:

    I like warm and white. I have done both hand and machine quilting

  5. Leah says:

    I am just beginning, so my opinion may not mean much, but I like warm and natural cotton!

  6. Debbie Lange says:

    I like to use The Warm Company Warm and White or Warm and Natural for machine quilting. I like the feel of the finished quilts for both traditional cotton quilts and also for T-shirt quilts.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Quilters Dream Request is my favorite lightweight batting, and Warm & Natural my favorite every day batting.

  8. Lisa Tucker says:

    quilter’s dream request is my favorite batting

  9. jolinda says:

    I use hobbs cotton 80/20 for most quilts I machine quilt and it works very well for me I have some wool from hobs but haven’t got the courage up to use it yet.

  10. Tenar says:

    I most often use Quilters Dream Request, either the cotton or the poly. I quilt everything by hand. They quilt up beautifully, and the cotton has minimal shrinkage, which I prefer.

  11. Ginny says:

    I love Anne Cloud’s quilt. It is simply gorgeous.

  12. thunder says:

    I use warm & natural for both hand and machine quilting. lots of beautiful quilts this contest. It was hard to choose.

  13. Lea says:

    Warm and Natural is such a nice fabric to work with when machine quilting! But Hobbs 80/20 is great for showing off the stitching so its a toss up!

  14. Julianne says:

    I really enjoy using “soft and bright” batting made by the warm company…its affordable and I love the feel and weight of it.

  15. Tabatha says:

    I use Warm & Natural batting. I have not tried hand quilting yet; all of mine are done on machine!

  16. Sherry B says:

    I love the Hobbs 80/20 batting, it has a nice feel to it; I only do machine quilting now but someday I’d like to try a small project to hand quilt—just haven’t taken that step yet!

  17. Judy says:

    So far I have only used Warm & Natural for machine quilting and I like it.

  18. Patricia Moffitt says:

    I like Hobbs 80/20 blend.

  19. Lorraine says:

    Hobbs Tuscany wool is my choice as we need warm quilts here for winter. I do buy other brands as well if on sale.

  20. nancy k says:

    I’ve started using quilters dream. I love the light weight and warmth.

  21. I’m a fan of Warm and Natural for hand and machine quilting. It works wonderfully for all projects. Although I’ve also just discovered the delightfulness of Hobbs Tuscany silk for special projects. . .

  22. BOBBIE WARREN says:

    I like warm and natural for both…

  23. Nikki Wilson says:

    I don’t always stick to the same brand, but I always use cotton batting. It just breathes so much better than polyester. :)

  24. Darlene says:

    I only use Winline 100% Bamboo….. it is soft, comfy, nonallergic, anti-bacterial and gorgeously green. Feels similar to a silk batt at an affordable price. I always machine quilt.

  25. Dana Floyd says:

    I love warm and natural for the quilts I make for those that live in warm/hot climates – and Hobbs wool for those that live in the cold climates. Both have served me well.

  26. Belinda says:

    I don’t have a favorite batting. I’ve always used what I could find in a small town. That means if Walmart doesn’t have it, I haven’t used it. LOL. I always machine quilt on my simple little Brother machine.

  27. I use morning glory polyester lowloft. My machine won’t sew anything very thick and this works well and easy to get. :)

  28. Ranjugandhi says:

    I like The Warm Company… Warm and natural

  29. Karen says:

    I don’t have a favorite, as long as its cotton. I machine quilt my quilts

  30. Miranda P says:

    I am very new to quilting but I have found that I enjoy warm and natural! I only machine quilt right now. Thanks for a wonderful blog!!

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