Now Touring: Paper Pieced Modern by Amy Garro

teri • February 10, 2015 • 20 Comments

Amy Garro book cover

Paper Pieced Modern: Step-by-Step Visual Guide 13 Stunning Quilts by Amy Garro, ($26.95, Stash Books a division of C&T Publishing) is indeed a fresh, modern take on paper piecing.

Looking for a good paper piecing book with great visuals? Well this is it indeed! In the chapter titled, The Sewing Process, Amy has visuals that give the quilter, modern or not,  a solid sense of the how-to of paper piecing The visuals complement the wording in such a way that the paper piecing process makes sense.

Let’s face it. Paper piecing can terrify a quilter–new or experienced–faster than most any other skill. Having a solid, easy-to-follow resource to hold our hands through this process is a blessing from the quilting gods.

Amy gives tips and hints along the way that help with making each one of the quilts including suggestions for quilting each individual quilt. She explains her vision for the quilting and includes the batting used and why it’s used. This alone is worth the price of admission.

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Little Itty Bitties Photo Courtesy C&T Publishing

The progression of the quilt patterns starts with the complicated looking Diamonds and Emeralds and progresses through to to Little Itty Bittys and finally Faceted Jewels each a little bit more complicated than the next. Each quilt is a little more complicated however Amy does a totally fab job of breaking them down and explaining technique.

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Faceted Jewels Photo Courtesy C&T Publishing

Feb 5th – Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews
Feb 6th – Charlotte @ Displacement Activity
Feb 7th – Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Feb 8th – Elise @ Lovelea Designs
Feb 9th – Amy guest posting @ C&T Publishing
Feb 10th – Darcie @ The Seam Allowance
Feb 11th – Christa @ Christa Quilts
Feb 12th – Amy guest posting @ Craft Buds
Feb 13th – Amy @ 13 Spools
Feb 14th – Chelsea @ Patch the Giraffe
Feb 15th – Amy @ During Quiet Time
Feb 16th – Wrap-up post back at 13 Spools

Of course there is an opportunity to win a copy of the book (hard copy in US or digital copy outside the US)! Leave a comment by Feb. 17, 2015 and tell us your most interesting paper piecing experience. If you don’t have one, make one up. The winner will be announced on Feb. 18.

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.

Congratulations Commenter #14 – Anne you are the winner of a copy of Paper Pieced Modern.  We’ll be in touch by email.

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20 Comments

  • laura • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #1

    I have never paper pieced, but i really want to try! Thanks for the chance.

  • quiltzyx • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #2

    My most interesting PP experience was making “frame” for my 12 Steps for Fabric Addicts quilt. I wanted a jagged look to it & couldn’t figure out how to make that happen. Finally I drew out how I wanted i to look, then cut it apart & sewed on the paper. I’m not sure if I had taken any paper piecing classes at that time, but I’m sure I had at least seen a demonstration. I still like the way it turned out!

  • Pattie C. • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #3

    This book looks awesome. I love paper piecing. My first project was a NewYork beauty, that got me hooked. I made an orange peel with 1800 pieces, it’s my masterpiece.

  • Kathie • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #4

    Hmmm. . . most interesting experience? I had been reading how hard paper piecing was so of course I had to try . . . and I love it! Precise points, follow a line to sew, what could be more fun and easy?

  • Pat • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #5

    When my granddaughter was 8 yrs old she designed a quilt, and then made it for our Quilt Guild’s show the following Spring. She did all the sewing and quilting herself, on her own sewing machine. I only did the rotary cutting for her. Part of her design called for paper-piecing to make it work. I drew out the pattern and printed it for her, and she paper-pieced it all by herself! Then she appliqued those blocks onto her pieced background. She learned quite a few techniques in that one quilt.

  • farmquilter • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #6

    My first paper pieces project was a single star block…with a set-in seam! Took me about 4 hours to make that one little block!!!

  • gussek • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #7

    I’ve been working on a Jinny Beyer paper pieced wall hanging for about 5 years now! LOL

  • kitblue • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #8

    I volunteer with a wild animal rescue group. I wanted to make a quilt for them to sell to make money. I found a paper-pieced paw print that seemed ideal. Unfortunately it turned out to be too much work for the perceived benefit. I still have the initial block; maybe I can combine it with other blocks to make a small quilt.

  • Barbara Long • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #9

    Little Itty Bitties is magnificent !

  • elsabean • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #10

    My most interesting experience was just a few days ago. I was paper piecing a star. I had the paper pieces all laid out, but when I put them together, they wouldn’t fit together! I was so frustrated that I decided to sleep on it. The next morning I woke up and realized that I needed to flip the pieces over, because you work on the wrong side of the paper. I hope this make sense ~ it was that confusing for me! teehee!

  • Joanne Moore • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #11

    The first paper piece quilt I made was the pattern Peace cranes..they are origami cranes. I probably could not have chosen a harder “first” project lol. This quilt was a graduation gift for my daughter who had spent the previous year folding a thousand cranes for good luck. being an art student she then installed the cranes in the window of a coffee shop. your book looks amazing! The quilts spectacular!

  • Peggy P • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #12

    I actually just finished making Amy’s Fire & Ice pattern, which was my first attempt at paper piecing on a large scale. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort and I learned a new technique – win-win!

  • Diane • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #13

    I’ve attempted an origami crane with plans to keep trying. 🙂

  • springleafstudios • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #14

    My most interesting experience in paper piecing was designing a quilt for our guild for the QuiltCon charity quilt and then needing to get everyone to paper piece it. Don’t know what I was thinking on that one. Lots of ripping in the process but it all came together in the end.

  • Gayle Grier • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #15

    My most interesting paper piecing project was the Christmas Celebration quilt by Judy Neidmeyer because I actually completed it!! Love this book.

  • Laura • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #16

    My most interesting (read: “only”) paper piecing experience is the Alison Glass Feathers quilt. Love-love-love the pattern. Unfortunately, my quilter’s ADD has kept me from getting very far with it.

  • Colleen Terry • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #17

    I don’t do it very often, but I like the results that I get with paper piecing. I haven’t made an entire quilt using that method, only a few individual blocks.

  • I'm Feelin' Crafty • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #18

    I love paper piecing!

  • Jenn R • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #19

    Ripping out a seam 3 times, each time getting a bigger piece of fabric. Thankfully I didn’t have to start over, but seam ripping tiny paper piecing stitches is not fun.

  • Bobbi penniman • 4 years ago
    COMMENT #20

    Biggest challenge – teaching a guild group of “experienced” paper piecers how to do a Mariners Compass

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