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Trying new things!

What I love about blogsville is having my eyes opened to lots of different crafts: some (Mr f&f for one!) would argue that I have enough projects started/on the go/wanting to start already that I really don’t need to be shown lots of new ideas. I love it though – although it often leads to sleepless nights as I’m excitedly planning what I could try out next it also helps me to learn lots of new skills which is always good fun.

One of the crafts that have been catching my eye lately is paper-piecing: both the more traditional English Paper Piecing of hexagons and diamonds (with some beautiful examples by Florence) and the new-to-me foundation paper-pieced patchwork pictures (some beautiful examples from Kerry and Charise): they amaze me in there detail and scare me every so slightly with the number of small pieces!

Recently, Charise launched some new patterns which I thought were just the cutest things ever! I downloaded the pattern and set-to with my first attempt at paper-piecing.

Foundation paper pieced Womans Work apron pattern from Charise Creates by fabricadflowers

After printing out the pattern, and cutting out all the pieces I had a slight moment of scaredy-cat as the paper seemed to explode in front of me: how on earth was I meant to sew them all back together?!

After deliberating fabrics (at one point I had five different prints!) I eventually decided to keep it simple and go with just three, before then spending some time deliberating how to position the border stripes to look right as they went around the apron. It took a while to cut all the fabric pieces out, and the smaller pieces especially were very tricky, but eventually, I got there.

Foundation paper pieced Womans Work apron pattern from Charise Creates by fabricadflowers

The sewing together of all the pieces really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be: I reckon that it took me a little over an hour to sew the block altogether and it would have been a lot quicker if it hadn’t taken me four attempts to get the bow just right!!! In the end, I resorted to using a pin to help me align the seams of the bow on the two corresponding pieces and then it sewed together seamlessly and all was good!

See you soon,


Today’s sky ● I think I’m going to have to say grey….although there’s been flashes of blue there’s been torrential rain!


  1. August 4, 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Had to pop along this evening and add this in addition to my elated email thank you! SO lovely to see my beautiful pieced apron in the making! I am such a happy bunny this evening and this window into your make is the icing on the cake! You are just SO clever, Sonia! And thank you all over again just because I can't stop saying it! By the way you are so right about the washing! Why is it there is always a mountain when one comes home even if there's a washing machine on site?! E xx

  2. August 5, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    Oh my goodness!! Your apron is gorgeous! 🙂

  3. August 8, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    So pleased that you like it! The washing mountain is a constant mystery to me, as is the mythical bottom of the laundry basket…..I'm sure it exists, but I never see it!!!

  4. August 8, 2012 / 11:04 pm

    Thanks Lynne. Always good when things aren't as scary as you think 🙂 x

  5. Charise
    September 2, 2012 / 6:34 am

    It is so fab! I love the photo of all the pieces in perfect order!!!

  6. September 2, 2012 / 8:49 pm

    Thanks Charise! I think that photo indicates me to be way more organised than I actually am!!!!! x