Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Paper Pieced Ladybird

I can't be the only one who is in Christmas denial! 

Don't get me wrong, the Christmas tree is up. It looks amazing in its handmade glory and I just adore the smell of a real Christmas tree! I have made mincemeat for the first time ever and am looking forward to tucking into some yummy mincemeat pies. The kids are happily working their way thorough their storybook advent calendar. Well over half of my Christmas gifts have been sent and the remainder are largely under control.

Its just there is a whole lot of Christmas sewing that I should be doing and I am avoiding it. When I asked what you all thought I should sew next, someone suggested that I design a ladybird block.

I couldn't get the idea out of my head- I just had to get to work straight away.

On Sunday when I had a snippet of time to sew I ended up working on a new paper piecing pattern instead of my Christmas sewing (oops) and then yesterday I just HAD to finish it!

I'm not sure if I like it or not... Whether its striking in its simplicity or just plain boring!

I made it up as a 12 inch block, but now that I see it, I think that it would possibly work better in a slightly smaller size. I'm still learning about this pattern designing gimmick, so bear with me if I make mistakes.

I have vague plans for a  butterfly and ladybird baby quilt- what do you think? Is there anything else that you think should join the butterfly and ladybird on the quilt?

Its the usual deal. If anyone is interested in my ladybird pattern let me know and I'll turn it into a pattern.

I'm joining in with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced for the first time in what feels like AAAAGES- its been far too long! And also at Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story
Fresh Poppy DesignWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. It looks very sweet! (and seriously - how cute are those flower pegs to display it?!)

    Oh and total Christmas denial here. I have so much to do - what was I thinking?!

  2. That's amazing. Look at all those pieces. Great shades of red and grey too! Clever!

    1. Ha ha, I didn't have any black in my stash and was too impatient to wait till I got to the shops so had to make do with grey. It turned out ok though (phew!)

  3. That's really cool! But way to fiddly for me! Good job on ladybug!

  4. It looks fab, but ladybirds are the only insect that i'm scared of.

    Looking at your cracking block is the closest I'm happy to get to one.

    Fiona x

  5. I looks great, really like the feel of movement in the piecing.

  6. It's super awesome. Well done!
    It would look even more cool with some hand stitching antenna.
    Hmmm do ladybirds have antenna - now I'm second guessing myself LOL

  7. I think you did a fantastic job! Looks so real!

  8. Beautiful paper piecing!! You are very talented at pattern design!

  9. I think it is absolutely adorable!! I love ladybugs.

  10. Amazing as usual! I have visions of lots of little ones creating a border.... Well done Juliet x


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