I have been itching to try paper piecing again especially after seeing so many lovely quilts done by Artisania. Her work is so intricate, but done in a way that doesn't seem too impossible. When I got my partner for a mini quilt swap, it seemed a perfect chance to try this Matroshka pattern that I found in an older Quiltmaker's 100 Block magazine.
I won't lie and say I didn't have a slight panic attack when I saw how small some of the pieces were. But, I shortened my stitch length, took a lot of deep breaths, and started it surrounded by support at one of the recent quilt guild sew days.
The girls were so easy to make and I love how they turned out. I would definitely recommend Artisania's patterns to anyone interested in trying out paper piecing.
I added some hand stitching to the faces to make their sweet personalities come to life.
I used the left over fabric for the back and decided to quilt around the ladies. I'm not sure I love that part, but I'm hoping my partner uses it as a wall hanging and the back won't get judged too harshly. I'm still learning, folks!
I did do some hand stitching for the "label" too. I've whited out the recipient's name because she hasn't received it yet.
It's not perfect, but for only my second time doing paper piecing and my second swap, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.
So now, I can add this project to the done pile and count it as one that taught me that paper piecing doesn't have to be scary!!