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Gifty Galore - The Rippit Project!

Oh my goodness, why, oh why, did I choose a paper piecing project to share with all of you when it is my least favorite of techniques? I like the end results but the process is painful! I picked the project of the sewing machine months ago from the book Needles and Notions by Jaynette Huff. I knew it was to be completed by a certain date but do you think I started working on it early? No, I procrastinated to the very end, do any of you know what I’m talking about?

Well, as it turns out I had a visitor show up while working on this project that I could have done without. I’m sure many of you know who he is, his name is RIPPIT. Yes, I was ripping, sewing, ripping, ripping, ripping and sewing. For some reason I have the hardest time thinking in reverse when it comes to paper piecing.

Finally, the project was done, embellished with thread, a sewing machine needle, fabric swatches, pins, and a pin cushion made by rolling up strips of fabric. I purchased a simple inexpensive frame from the craft store to place my piece into. First I adhered the paper pieced top with 505 Spray & Fix to a piece of batting, then adhered the batting to the cardboard that came with the frame. Then, I popped it into the frame leaving the glass off, or you could leave the glass on if you didn’t add any dimensional embellishments.

I love my finished piece and want to make even more to compliment this one. Oh, what am I saying?! It’s like childbirth, we forget much too quickly of the pain but the result is wonderful.

So now remember, we all have scraps leftover from a quilt project that we don’t know what to do with and don’t want to part with but with Jaynette’s book you can use up those scraps. Make just one or as many little masterpieces as you like to keep or give away as gifts and hopefully have fun doing it and keep RIPPIT out of your sewing room.

One thing I want to mention that honestly and truly happened while I was in the process of sewing this project. You see, we have a resident four legged, green creature that lives out back in the hose reel. My husband mentioned one day that he hadn’t seen him for awhile and that he had gone missing.  Now that my project is finished Mr. Frog has once again been seen and heard in the hose reel. Do you really think he came to visit me in the sewing room?

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Comment by Mdm on October 20, 2012 at 2:33pm

are you kidding me...? I really like this..I have this book..I did not even think of trying this pattern...

love the details the thread pin cushion...I adore pp, wish more made more patterns..

Comment by Cindy on October 16, 2012 at 10:10pm

Love, love, love all the patterns in this book. You did a fantastic job on this one!! Actually foundation paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do! (I know, some people think I'm crazy). I just love how they turn out, so crisp and precise. But rest assured, frog sewing is a constant companion here as well. (ripit, ripit, ripit,......)

Comment by Amanda Best on October 16, 2012 at 4:54pm

Adorable! I spend all of my paper piecing time this way too, sewing and then ripping, it is nice to know that I am not the only one who has trouble with it. I love your project, but I don't have the heart to start it.

Comment by Carol Wadkins on October 16, 2012 at 10:29am


Comment by Rusty on October 16, 2012 at 9:07am

Great job Debbie!  Love all the detail work too.  I really enjoy it when someone takes the time to embellish what they make and make it their own even if it's another person's pattern.  Thanks for the great project too. 


Comment by Linda Froggie Quilter (Okla) on October 16, 2012 at 8:53am

You are hilarious, Debbie! I have to make this project, copying your embellishments. I think sis would like this for her quilting room. Yeah! I will have to think about her colours.

~HOpppy quilting~

Comment by colorado13 on October 15, 2012 at 9:19am
I LOVE this! It reminds me of my Featherweight!!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on October 15, 2012 at 9:02am

Such a great piece! Glad you hung in there and finished it.

Comment by Janet/MO on October 15, 2012 at 7:59am

Very cute.  I hated paper piecing at first; now it is one of my favorite techniques. 

Comment by Pam/NY on October 15, 2012 at 7:34am

That is as cute as it can be!!! Great job...some projects just can't go together without some rippin! lol Or as your froggie would say ribit-ribit....

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