I love learning new skills, and at the recent quilt retreat I attended, I saw a friend show off her english paper piecing project. At the time I thought she was crazy for doing that much sewing by hand when she had a very nice machine, but later I was intrigued and did some more reading about it. I decided I wanted to try it and searched until I found a project that looked small enough to be doable. I purchased the Flower POW Mug Rug patytern by CraftyPod. The pattern was a delight to work with; everything was clearly laid out and there were even video links for some of the trickier parts. Although this pattern was designed as a mug rug, I know it’ll just get coffee stains and cookie crumbs on it so I think it’ll stay on my bookshelf.
Overall this project wasn’t that difficult, just time consuming. I really noticed my hand stitching improving as I worked through the steps. The entire project is sewn by hand. The mug rug is hand quilted with some embroidery floss and attached to the wool felt backing with a blanket stitch (a new skill for me!).
It took me three evenings from start to finish. I really enjoyed being able to sit upstairs and chat with my hubby while I sewed, rather than hiding out in my basement sewing space. I don’t think I’ll ever to a full size english paper pieced project but I really enjoyed this one!