Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Modern Paper Piecing-Foxes, Frankenstien and brown cat?

This cutey is easy to paper piece and is totally fun to play with. This little fox is in transition as she makes her way into my quilts. I personally think that Sonja Callaghan is one of our brightest, emerging paper piecing artist we've seen yet. Her work is fresh, alive with innovation and creative spunkiness that is often not seen anymore.

In this scene I imagine this little fox is peering down a dark hole in the ground. The  background is the sunny skies of summer. Its simple, yet calms the spirit.

Her Frankenstien takes a 'hole' new view of things as he peers out from his custom made horror. 

Her kitty is free on her website, http://artisania.wordpress.com/ 
I am priviledged to have discovered her work. I recommend that you visit her site and read some of her blog posts. Funny and interesting.Her paper pieced patterns are downloadable so you can get started right away.

Sonja was enthralled along with all Canadians as the Vancouver Canucks fought for the Stanley Cup, she offered a free paper piece pattern of their sudo logo.

 I really like making paper piecing, but one warning for beginners, little scraps like these are not on. Always use a much larger piece of fabric than the little paper segment identifies on the patter piece. To get the angles correct, aligned so that you have your outside 1/4 inch for sewing into your quilt is a little bit tricky, it tends to bend your mind a bit. I suggest that  having a glass of wine while doing other things than paper piecing is the best advice I can give.

These little slivers are solid color organic cotton from a project I'm not quite ready to share, I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, if you've got a favorite modern paper piecing pattern, share it with us. 
May the wind be at your back and sun on your face.

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