It is always exciting when a quilty friend brings out a new book and Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend is no exception.
I am a big fan of Foundation Paper Piecing and I have long since admired Amy's work in this field. I haven't always been a big fan. Like most of us I went through the head confusion of it but once I emerged on the other side I just love it.
Intentional Piecing is full of fantastic illustrations and photos of the steps involved with paper piecing and is a terrific resource to consult.
The projects in the book are just the cutest. Amy has always produced such eye catching designs making you want to drop everything and just get on and make.
This exact thing happened to me when I saw the Teepee Quilt. Ah man it is perfection! I dropped everything so fast, printed out the pattern and sewed a block before I realised I should have enlarged the block. I was just way too keen. I will definitely do this properly next time because this is one quilt I am certainly making.
One really interesting thing that Amy is doing with the book is a Stitched Story Telling Event. Her Tell Me a Story Quilt uses fussy cutting fabrics to tell a story. Maybe you have some precious fabrics in your stash that mean something in particular. Whatever you have you can join in and tell a story of your own by fussy cutting those fabrics. Me, I was telling a little story of handprinted motifs. I have been on an amazing handprinted journey myself and wanted to highlight this in what is now going to be a cushion cover for my new sewing room.
All you need to do to join in is share the top image on your blog or on Instagram to spread the word. For each block you make and share on Instagram (or each time you share the image at the top) using the hashtags #intentionalpiecingbook and #TellMeAStoryQuilt, you will be entered into a draw. On June 1st, I will draw a random winner from the IG hashtag #TellMeAStoryQuilt to win a bundle of fabrics from SewMeASong that were selected just for this project so that you can make more blocks and complete your quilt top!
In the meantime go here to see where you can get a copy of the book because you really want this in your stash.