achievement unlocked: paper-pieced home blocks, part six

i have more blocks from the paper-pieced home to show off! to be honest, i have finished all forty blocks & sewn them into a completed quilt top. i am now in the process of marking my quilting lines. but we’ll get to all that in its own time.


giraffe! i briefly considered actually going out a buying some giraffe spot print fabric for this block. my local quilt shop has a troublingly large selection of garish animal print quilting cottons. but i decided instead to keep it simple (& more in line with my personal tastes) by employing this simple yellow polka dot print. yellow & pink is one of my favorite color combos, so i used this medium scale pink print for the background. the mane, tail, & tips of the horns are made from a carolyn friedlander crosshatch print, which ultimately kind of disappears too much into the background print. maybe i should have used solid brown, like i did with the hooves. live & learn. the eye is embroidered using black floss.


this is one of my favorite patterns in the book: a classic kids’ popcorn popper push toy. i had one of these when i was a kid & i remember loving it until i was well into elementary school. ramona’s grandparents gave her one for her first christmas. i wasn’t thrilled about having a real one in the house because these suckers are LOUD, but on the other hand, it’s not an electronic noise, & ramona has other loud toys. she’s playing with her drum set as i write this. i myself intentionally bought her a set of kid-sized pots & pans, which make an enormous noise when she plays with them.

anyway! i think this is the only block for which i went out & bought fabric. the fabrics for everything else were pulled from stash. but for this one, i really wanted multi-colored polka dots on a white background for the popper bulb, & i didn’t have anything like that. i just had a wide selection of wide polka dots on various solid colored backgrounds. my local quilt shop has an entire row of bolts that is nothing but polka dots, so i was hopeful about finding a good print there. i finally found this print, which is pretty much exactly what i wanted, stuffed behind a bunch of other bolts, with only like a yard left. score!

i wanted a lemon yellow for the background & had some mini pearl bracelet charm squares that were the perfect color. unfortunately, i didn’t have enough for the entire background, which is why there’s so much solid yellow. i also made a few small changes to the pattern. as written, the underside of the bulb is supposed to have more blue, but that isn’t really what ramona’s popcorn popper looks like, so i swapped that out for the background fabric.


in the book, this is described as a “car-truck”. like an el camino? it’s from the “playthings” section of the book, so i decided to be playful with the prints. i used a pink print for the body of the truck & made the “road” from a tiny floral print i had left over from making my weekender bag last year. the other colors/prints i used were more predictable, & i balanced the femininity of the road & truck with the green wood grain background.


lion. i really love the prints i used for this block. the face is the same brown crosshatch i used with the giraffe. the mane is yellow wood grain. & the background is the polka dot fabric i bought for the popcorn popper. the pattern includes a template for embroidering cartoon-y eyes, but i found these incredible black buttons at hancock that actually have a slit-like design in the middle that recalls the pupils of a cat’s eye. they were the perfect size to work with the lion’s face, so i used those instead.


paper doll dress. this is a pretty small block, so i wanted a pretty small print that was also feminine & had a lot of visual interest. i thought the floral i used for the car-truck road was perfect, & it pops really nicely against the bright orange background. i just used basic white for the tabs because why would you use anything else? in a little connection to garment-sewing, i think this dress looks a lot like the straighter skirt version of the sewaholic cambie.

more blocks coming soon, & also other things that have nothing to do with this quilt.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

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