Now, that being said, please don't think me disingenuous when I now proceed to tell you about a book that I'm a part of! lol This is what we call irony. ;)
But I'm really proud to a part of a compilation book, Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects compiled by Tacha Bruecher. It's available now!
This book is really filled with some amazing pieces. And I have no shame in saying that I am on the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to paper piecing designers. There are women out there who have a PASSION for this and create the most delightful designs. My projects are probably some of the easier you will find in the book ;)
I was asked to be part of the calendar quilt and chose the month March. I can't think of March without going straight to St Patrick's Day. I do live in South Bend with Notre Dame University aka The Fighting Irish. So inspiration came in the form of a leprechaun hat!
Tacha took all 12 monthly blocks and cleverly put them together in a calendar quilt that is pretty darn epic. I had no idea how she was going to make all of our blocks work together...we had complete freedom over our designs and fabrics. But she pulled it together beautifully. (And this would be an awesome bee quilt...just saying)
By the way, true story, Tacha and I met in our very first online bee on Flickr. We were in three bees together and numerous swaps. But she is the very first person I made friends with on Flickr. And now she's written multiple books and is a founding member of the Fat Quarterly. I always loved getting mail from Germany too!
We also all have a project included with our block that utilizes part or all of our paper pieced design from the calendar. I used just a portion of mine (the sashing and buckle) but took it from a hat and placed it on the perfect Irish Apron!
I still really love my choice of Anna Maria Horner's fabric for the main body of the skirt...updated but historical somehow. And the apron is made with pleats that are very reminiscent of a kilt. I've already gifted it to one of my best friends who is about as Irish as they come.
And then there are the other projects in the book...not just the calendar ones and matching projects. Really this book is FULL of great projects and fabulous designers. Above is just a sampling! If you have an inkling at all to do some paper piecing then I would jump at this book. I'm saying this with no attachment to the fact that I happen to be in it. That just means I already have my copy of the book. ;) Otherwise I would be buying this is in a heart beat. Go on...you know you want to...