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Apr 26, 2016

Tell Me A Story Blocks from Intentional Piecing

Apr 26, 2016
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If you follow along with any of the great paper piecing designers, you have most likely come across Amy Friend's work.   Amy's intricate paper piecing work fascinates me.  She is so talented at creating her own paper piecing patterns and she designs many pictorial quilt blocks.  Her fabric choices are always unique too (with some help from our friend Becca at Sew Me A Song).

Her new book, Intentional Piecing, plays up exactly to Amy's unique strengths, and if you've been watching any of the "story" activity on IG, then you've seen how Amy's Tell Me A Story quilt block is starting a slightly habit-forming addiction to these simple paper pieced blocks.

The Tell Me A Story Quilt, from her book, is about choosing fabrics to coordinate together, based not only on color and value, but on how the prints can tell a story together.  Fussy cutting novelty prints are a big part of constructing the block.  This is a different and fun way to make blocks, as each block can independently stand on its own - or become part of a fussy cut scrappy heaven.

I decided to try a few.  Here are my blocks:
1.  The Raven:  I had a chance to meet the amazing and kind Emma Jean Jansen at Quilt Market last fall and managed to receive a little mini charm pack of her collection Melba at the time.  When making my first Tell Me A Story block, I was immediately drawn to this print of the black raven.  I have been reading a series of books (the Cainesville novels: Omens, Visions, Deceptions) from Kelly Armstrong about a character who can read omens and is submerged in a strange town involved in murders, omens and fae.  Ravens and owls watch over the main character and it seemed strange to me that I was reading books about these birds, and I just happened to have a print with a raven on it in my stash.  An omen, perhaps?  Actually, Emma is calling this print Magpie. So the fabric is officially a different black bird, but for me and my story, it's a raven.  Creepy, mystical and full of folklore.  This one is a bit classy too - all fancied up in pearls.
Anywho, the raven is framed by some black yarn dye and some Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet.  The pearls in the border perfectly echo the pearls that ring the raven.  The grey crosshatch of the raven background are mirrored in the grey crosshatch that frames the block.  I am just upset I didn't get the raven centered perfectly in the middle.  Well, the bird seems centered, but the oval of pearls is off.  It bugs me.

2.  Orange Fruit:  For this block, I was determined to improve on the framing of my intended center of the fussy cut block.  There's a bit of a knack to it since it's a paper pieced block.  And paper piecing and I don't always agree, so I had to dust off my skills a bit.  I'm happier with this block for sure.

It's story isn't nearly as fascinating as the Raven.  Only that I chose to frame the orange because my youngest is a juice monster.  We have daily battles over how much OJ he is allowed to drink - so mostly my whole family is deprived of the morning beverage because pip squeak can't understand his limits.

These are fun blocks!  Check out #tellmeastoryquilt to see the collection of stories taking shape thanks to Amy.  Everyone is welcome to join in.

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  1. Thank you for sharing AnneMarie! I love your blocks! The raven story and the OJ story are both perfect. Thank you too for the kind compliments.

  2. Love these! When I go to center something on a paper pieced block, especially when it's the first piece, a dab of a glue stick works wonderfully. Just swipe it on the center of the paper, then place the fussy cut where you want it, and continue as usual. :)


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