Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Week 10

Wow, this has been 10+ weeks of learning! I was very intimated before I even started, but after watching a video tutorial for Paper Piecing from Connecting Threads, I felt more at ease about taking on this project. After the first square, I knew lining the pieces up was dire for good-looking squares. That first square was my most wonky one and, in the end, resulted in my wall hanging being not lined up as well. Even though it has errors, even though it isn’t perfectly straight, this was an amazing first paper piecing project! I’ll eventually be working smaller, 3 butterfly square wall hangings to practice getting my edges straight but I think my next project will be a clothing item, as it is Just for Me January and I LOVE making myself clothes!!  

So these past two weeks, I knew I wanted matching edging around each square.  My first task was to add that. I thought things were going smoothly until I started sewing those together. They were harder to line up that I thought they would be and my first square, the wonky one, didn’t help when it wasn’t the same size as the others. You can see the lighter blue in the upper left corner being way off.

If your just joining us, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and myself, were working up 9 butterfly charm squares using the FREE pattern, Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery. To see all blocks, check out the previous weeks: Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4Block 5,  Block 6Block 7Block 8, and block 9. Stephanie’s wall hanging turned out amazing! You can check her’s out here.

My sewing passion lies with clothing, but paper piecing is so fun that I encourage everyone that loves sewing to try it! Hope you enjoyed these passed weeks with us. Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried paper piecing, or what your favorite thing to sew is.

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Week 9

The last square! I can’t believe we’ve been working on these squares for over 9 weeks! I’m so excited to see these completed and finally have mine hanging on my wall!

If your just joining us, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and myself, are working up 9 butterfly charm squares using the FREE pattern, Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery. To see all blocks, check out the previous weeks: Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4Block 5,  Block 6Block 7 and Block 8.

I worked up Cricket using reds and I just love how it turned out! Stephanie worked up the green one, you can check her’s out here. I think this is the order I’ll be sewing them together. I can’t wait to have this hanging on my wall!!!

With only one post remaining, the finished wall hanging, I’ll be looking to start my next project. And with the New Year here, I’m hoping to start designing a few paper piercing patterns myself! What would you like to see?

Butterfly Obsessions with Charm Blocks ~ Week 8

Week 8 already!!! I can’t believe this is the 8th week of our first paper piecing project!

This week I did green using the Pepper Butterfly Charm Block. If your just joining us, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and myself, are working up 9 butterfly charm squares using the FREE pattern, Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery. To see all blocks, check out the previous weeks: Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4Block 5,  Block 6 and Block 7.

Stephanie and I saved the reds and greens for these last 2 weeks to keep it festive! You can check out Stephanie’s red butterfly here. Next week I’ll be working up the red and then, I can’t believe it, we’re done with the squares! We’ll assemble our wall hanging the following week.

I’m really excited to see these completed and even more excited to start on my next paper piecing project!

Working along with us? We’d love to see your projects! Feel free to post them in the comments or on any of the Crystalized Designs’ social media sites! I can’t believe we’re nearly done!

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Week 7

This week I did teal using the Cricket Butterfly Charm Block. If your just joining us, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and myself, are working up 9 butterfly charm squares using the FREE pattern, Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery. To see all blocks, check out the previous weeks: Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4Block 5, and Block 6. I absolutely LOVE how this one turned out! Don’t you?

Check out Stephanie’s Block here!

I’m sad to say this adventure is almost over, but there will be many paper piecing projects coming from me. And I’m hoping to even design a few this coming new year.

Up next, greens! We’re getting into the holiday spirit with some reds and greens over the next two weeks!

Working along with us? We’d love to see your projects! Feel free to post them in the comments or on any of the Crystalized Designs’ social media sites! I can’t believe we’re over half way complete with this wall hanging!

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Week 6

This week I did blues again using the Pepper Butterfly Charm Block. If you just joining us, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and myself, are working up 9 butterfly charm squares using the FREE pattern, Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery. To see all blocks, check out the previous weeks: Block 1Block 2Block 3Block 4, and Block 5.

These are extremely quick sewing projects, perfect for a mom with a baby like me! In just under an hour, I can complete one of these and I have to admit, though I love making them, I can’t wait to be done with the wall hanging to see it all completed! Even the weeks that I’m not thrilled work work with a certain color, I end up loving the end result. This week though, I have no doubt that the blues would turn out. Next week will be somewhat similar. I’ll be working with teal and making Cricket.

Check out Stephanie’s Charm Block from this week here!

Working along with us? We’d love to see your projects! Feel free to post them in the comments or on any of the Crystalized Designs’ social media sites! I can’t believe we’re over half way complete with this wall hanging!

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Block 5

Again, it’s always nap time that gets me into a sewing mood. In fact, baby D is sleeping right now and I’d rather be doing some selfish sewing than blogging right now. Unfortunately, if I put it off for another nap time, I’m likely to forget! Those sleepless night has me zombie-fied, or as I like to call it, I’m a Mombie!

If you’re just joining along, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and I are creating a wall hanging using the FREE pattern Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery.  Check out previous posts to see Block 1Block 2Block 3, and Block 4. This week I worked on my pink butterfly. Pink is one of my least favorite colors (good thing I have all boys) so I wasn’t as excited as I am when working with blues and purples. But after last week’s orange turning out great, I was excite to see how I’d feel about the pink one.

Again, I’m in love! It seems that no matter what color the butterflies are, they turn out amazing. At least I think so! I finished the complete butterfly within an hour. I love making these squares! I plan on making them after this wall hanging is compete when I need a quick sewing fix!

See? He hasn’t moved much through the whole process! I think the sound of my sewing machine helped with some background noise.

Check out Stephanie’s block this week here!

Working along with us? We’d love to see your projects! Feel free to post them in the comment or on any of the Crystalized Designs’ social media sites!

Next week I’ll be working up Pepper in blues. Yes, with blue being my favorite color, I’ll have 2 blue butterflies within my wall hanging! So far which is your favorite of mine? Do you know how to paper piece?

 

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Block ~ Block 4

Another week has passed and another block has been made! I wasn’t too excited this week to work with orange but I have to say that these come out stunning regardless of the color used! Orange Gidget for the win! I was also nervous adding a lighter orange to the lower part of the wing, thinking it would stand out too much. I think it turned out perfect!

I also didn’t procrastinate or rush this week, making this an enjoyable nap-time project! This square was completed in under an hour so if you like to sew and need a speedy sewing fix, this is it!

If you’re just joining us, Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and I, are sewing up a butterfly wall hanging using the FREE pattern Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery . Check out previous posts to see Block 1, Block 2, and Block 3.

Check out Stephanie’s blog post to see how her butterfly charm square turned out this week!

Next week I’ll be working on another not-so-favorite color of mine. I can’t say that I’m a pink person but after seeing the orange, I am excited to see how the butterfly Cricket turns out in pink! I think it will be a perfect addition to my little collection! (And I REALLY am getting excited to complete this project!)

 

 
 

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Block ~ Block 3

This week I procrastinated. Sorry, Stephanie and everyone else, for making you wait! I took on a organization project and thought I’d have time to whip this baby together later Sunday night. Unfortunately, my little 6 week old decided to teach me a lesson… don’t procrastinate!! It started off with me rushing again. I got one piece done and Lil’ D was up wanting attention. It wasn’t until I went back down that I realized I had only sewn one fabric piece to the paper, not the 2 (picture to the right). Rushing and no sleep = no good!

I did finally finish this morning and I LOVE how it turned out! My favorite color is blue but I love how the purples really look together on this one.  This one has to be the most time consuming but they still are quick little (nap time) projects! I did have a few corners that didn’t make the end of the paper again. I’m hoping by my last square, I’ll not be doing that. But, in the end, it will be sewn together so hopefully no one will see those missing edges.

I decided last week to alternate background colors with a grey/white (this week and the first week) and more of a pure white (last week’s square). Hopefully this will turn out. I’m also thinking about adding an edging around each square before they’re sewn together. But getting them together isn’t for a few more weeks so I’ll have time to decide!

Next week I’ll be working my least favorite color. Orange. Check out my fabric choices and if you’re sewing along with us, feel free to share your work! You can find the Intro Post here, the first week here, and the second week here.  Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery can be found here. Find pattern piecing intimidating? Check out this video tutorial for Paper Piecing from Connecting Threads. Tremendously helpful!

Be sure to check out Stephanie’s post about her butterfly over at Smalltown Dreamz!

 

 
Want to see what kept me behind this week? Here’s my before and after craft room organization that I was working on. I’m IN LOVE!
 

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Block 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella StitcheryLast week, I mentioned that I was hoping to get to Joann’s and purchase new fat quarters as I was not happy with Wal-Mart’s selection. And I did just that! I was very excited to start this week. I felt like I was overambitious this week… and it turned out to be a wild time! After gathering all my supplies, (you’ll see the baby monitor again, I only get to sew in small bursts while he sleeps) I figured I would see how quick one square would take me. THAT was my first mistake! 

 

But first, I would like to say that I did get my Add-a-Quarter Rulerand it does make things so much quicker and easier! Thought it’s not a necessity, it sure was a luxury to have!

Haven’t heard of an Add A Quarter Ruler? It’s just a basic ruler which comes in different sizes, but has an lip on it so measuring 1/4″ is super easy and super quick! Half way through and Baby was still sleeping! I was getting lucky and really wanted to finish before nap time was over. Or so I thought!

So here, I am… rushing along enjoying myself.. and I cut myself. Do NOT rush when using sharp tools!  Then, on top of that… I got attacked by a spider! That spider may not look big but it was. So here I am, alone, on top of my sewing chair looking for something long enough I don’t have to get any closer to this spider than I already am. I was out of luck. The only thing slightly flat and hard around me was a bobbin of thread. After that, I wanted no part of my sewing room. I left the room just over half done with no intention of coming back that night. All the while, I was chatting and sending pictures to Stephanie from Smalltown Dreamz and she thought this was hilarious! If you know me, you know spiders absolutely scare the crap out of me.

The next day, I braved my room. It was rather difficult though. I kept my feet off the ground except when having to use my sewing pedal. And whenever I went to my ironing area, I would look around to make sure the spider wasn’t coming back for revenge!

I did start doing a little trick, and maybe it’s not a new trick, but it was new to me. My first square didn’t line up as well when I put the 2 halves together so I clipped the pieces in one or more places, and stuck a pin through to see if the lines matched up. If not, I’d realign it. I have to say that it did work out better for keeping the butterfly even.

Needless to say that after the butterfly charm square, I was ready to keep sewing! I actually hemmed 5 pairs of pegs and fixed a cardigan after this block was complete.

Check out how Stephanie’s week went over at Smalltown Dreamz!


 
 

Butterfly Obsession with Charm Blocks ~ Week 1, Block 1

Last week I talked about the start of the Butterfly Charm Blocks from Lillyella Stitchery sew a long and I’m really hoping you’re joining in the fun…because as intimated as I was before starting, this is SO MUCH FUN! I can’t believe how easy paper piecing actually is! If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.  The video tutorial for Paper Piecing from Connecting Threads that I linked last week was so helpful! That and Stephanie worked her entire square before I even started mine so she told me tips as she worked along. I have to agree with her biggest tip… IRON!! I didn’t originally have my iron handy when I gathered my supplies but after my first line sewn, I got it prepped it it really did make all the difference. 

The supplies I used was a clear sewing ruler. I did order the Add A Quarter ruler but it won’t be getting to me until today so we’ll see how much more helpful that ruler is over this coming week. I did have a magazine insert as the video tutorial suggested which was also more helpful that I thought it would be. I always have my tablet on hand to read pattern directions but in this case, I watched the tutorial on it. And of course I work around my one month old’s napping schedule so you see my baby monitor.

I was nervous with my first piece (as shown to the left), it didn’t look like anything special. It wasn’t until the end that it came together nicely. By the time I finished my first piece, I had it down pat! I really cannot express enough how easy this really is! This next week I’ll be timing myself to see really how long one square takes me but I really don’t think it took over an hour even with it being my first time.  

 

As you can see from the picture to the right, the magazine insert is great for making nice crisp lines! And it’s a free tool, so why not!?! Card stock would also work just as well.

My end result is slightly off centered with the top half cut off more than it should be but for my first attempt, I’m pretty proud at how it turned out! Stephanie’s purple block turned out AMAZING as well! Be sure to check out her’s at Smalltown Dreamz.

My next color will be yellow but I’m really disappointed at our Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart’s selection of fat quarters so I’m hoping to make a Joann’s run before next week’s post!

If you’re joining in the sewing fun, I’d love to see how your project is turning out! Feel free to post pictures on or tag me on any social media site!