So recently I have come across a fun new goodie that we have been playing with over here in Fig Tree-land… our good friends over at It’s Sew Emma have come up with another quilting accessory that I think you might like! They are called PINEAPPLE PAPERS [there are LOG CABIN PAPERS too and different sizes but more about that later] and they work perfectly with a MODA HONEYBUN [a roll of 1 1/2″ strips]. Normally, I am not much for new gadgets but one of our Fig Tree gals, Cynthia, absolutely loves paper piecing and wanted to give these a try. So we jumped in when we saw them and are so glad that we did!
She had a blast making them and we can’t wait to see the end result of this little quilt. I think she is putting them on a soft yellow background… cannot wait to see!
Here are some of our tips and hints to maximize your honeybun and some info on what we used for our project:
1- MATERIALS LIST: To start off we used (1) MODA HONEYBUN + (1) matching MODA CHARM PACK. We used our upcoming Catalina collection… coming soon in April… but any of your favorite collections would work wonderfully. Between those 2 packs, you will have more than enough to make (20) 6″ blocks for a small 4 x 5 project. Like I mentioned above, we will use a solid yellow background and probably scraps for the posts. Stay tuned for that info next week.
2- HONEYBUN CUTTING TIPS: You will be fine if you cut according to the directions on the papers themselves but you won’t be able to get as many blocks as we do. If you want to get every last piece of your honeybun strip useful, then follow these numbers below instead. Its just a way to save a bit more fabric!
For the center, you will need a 3 1/4″ piece. Obviously you can’t get this from a honeybun so use either scraps from a different project, a charm pack of the same collection or choose your favorite solid that coordinates with the collection that you are using and use that for all of the centers to help unify your blocks. All the above choices are good!
For all of the strips, cut the following from your honeybun. If you don’t have enough “lights” or “darks”, again feel free to augment from scraps or other similar fabrics. It all depends on how many blocks you are trying to get. From (1) honeybun + (1) charm pack, we were able to get enough pieces for at least 20 blocks. For each block, cut the pieces below:
Cut (4) 1 ½” x 3” [for pieces 2-5]
Cut (4) 1 ½” x 3” [for pieces 6-9]
Cut (4) 1 ½” x 4” [for pieces 10-13]
Cut (4) 1 ½” x 4” [for pieces 14-17]
Cut (4) 1 ½” x 4 ½” [for pieces 18-21]
Cut (4) 1 ½” x 3 ½” [for pieces 22-25]
Before you start piecing your blocks, make little groups of pieces in a variety of sizes so that you know which group you are choosing from.
There are more hints and tips on the papers themselves and of course lots of tutorials on paper piecing in general if you are looking for a visual on how to do it. If foundation/paper piecing is something you have been wanting to try, then this might be your shot to do so!
INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY TIME!
To celebrate how much fun we are having with these little guys, we are co- sponsoring an INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY with the ladies at ITS SEW EMMA and the FAT QUARTER SHOP. Here are the steps to enter the GIVEAWAY:
1- Go to @figtreeandco on Instagram and find the post on the PINEAPPLE PAPERS [it is posted today March 5]. Comment to enter. Tell us anything you like about the papers or paper piecing in general.
That’s it my friends!
3- Winners will be announced on Monday. Three different people will EACH win a honeybun, a booklet of PINEAPPLE PAPERS as well as a booklet of LOG CABIN PAPERS. Yup… you have 3 chances to win so go for it and good luck!
CLICK HERE for more info on the papers or to purchase from Fat Quarter Shop.