Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Foundation Paper Piecing, Seals and the Beach

Sunday and Tuesday were all about foundation paper piecing for me as I completed the next group of vowels and my p's and q for the Repeat QAL.  It isn't too late to join in on the free quilt along and you can find it by clicking Repeat QAL

If you have never done foundation paper piecing, you should definitely give it a try.  It's easy, fun, and provides you with perfect piecing.  Who wouldn't love it?  Here are some great tutorials to help you learn how.  McCalls Quilting site has an excellent PDF tute here by Brenda Groelz.  Don't want a PDF file and would rather have a YouTube video then check this out by Connecting Threads.

You can use specialty paper such Carol Doaks foundation paper which can be purchased on Amazon, but I just use my printer paper.  A tool to help you out that I absolutely love is the Add-A-Quarter ruler that you can find here or at your local quilt shop.
Need some patterns?  Check out some of these beautiful patterns by clicking on the picture to take you to the site where they can be found.

Here is Pineapple Tidbits: Scrappy Foundation Pieced Bed Quilt Pattern
Designed and Machine Quilted by Melinda Honn.
This one would be perfect for the 4th of July celebration coming up found on Lori Kennedy's site.
Check out this pattern that can be purchased at Violet Craft. 
Elephant Foundation Paper Pieced
There are patterns from simple to very complex.  Check out Pinterest or Craftsy patterns for lots of ideas and patterns.  Many are free and some aren't.  Craftsy also has some classes with patterns included if you enjoy taking them like I do.
Monday we spent some time on the beach was fun for us and Lola who got to run unleashed, but never wandered far from us. 

We also went into Florence Old Town for a nice late lunch/early dinner and I was able to get some more pictures of the sea lions that were painted and placed around town.  No sea lions were harmed in the creations as they are not live, but mere sculptures as you probably guessed.  There are twenty of them in all strategically placed around town.

Today we leave Florence and go south a little ways to our next camping experience.  We'll be at a National Forest Campground with no hook-ups for a week.  We do have a friends generator so we'll be able to get a hot shower.  I'm looking forward to visiting a quilt shop in Coos Bay and a couple nearby quilt shops.  

I'm linking up today with Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts that also has a great giveaway going on so click here to check out all the quilting going on and to enter the giveaway.

Until next time, happy stitching!


  1. I enjoy paper piecing, especially for the precision. The Pineapple Tidbits quilt is lovely; tempted to get the pattern!

  2. Glad you like the pattern. It is a free one!

  3. I love those seals! I have only done one paper piecing project so far, and loved how it turned out It is amazing to get that kind of precision.

  4. Love paper piecing!!! And I agree that the Add a quarter ruler is great along with the Carol Doak paper. The beach looks lovely...enjoy! Hoping to get the RV out in August and drive old Route 66 west...just exploring. We had it ready to go 2 weeks ago and I became very sick...glad we were not on the road! Still recuperating from bronchitis, sinusitis and a kidney infection! The Pineapple Tidbits quilt is tempting me!!!

  5. Paper foundation piecing is my favourite! That pattern is free? I'll grab it, it's gorgeous! Love your beach shots, they're superb!