Time flies on a Mother's Day weekend. Let me say I LOVEd it. I didn't get the projects made I intended, but enjoyed letting the grandchildren experiment with and cut up fabrics and thankfully take some home.
In the spirit of the weekend, I thought I would finish this paper pieced heart block. I studied Carol Doak's book, Show Me How to Paper Piece. Paper piecing allows beginners and experts to create accurate quilt blocks. According to her, you 1) pin oversized pieces of fabric to preprinted paper patterns; 2) stitch along straight, printed lines with your sewing machine; and 3) tear off the paper patterns to reveal perfect, accurate blocks! She has written several books on the subject, and I certainly needed one to follow! The method is fun and quick and I found it very helpful in creating Dear Jane blocks. (The Jane Stickle 1863 quilt of heroic proportions at the Bennington Museum has inspired thousands of quilters).
P.S. One funny thing happened at the end of the Mother's Day. This little dog, Emmit, got left behind when his family drove off. I cell phoned them to remind and they drove back immediately saying it wasn't on purpose! (Emmit, in charcoal, is lifesize.)