Thursday, May 26, 2016

Playful Paper Piecing: Eiffel Tower

"Eiffel Tower," 8.5" x 15", made by Pam Geisel, May 2016

This month the Island Batik Ambassador's are creating pieces using paper piecing.

To be honest, I'm not that fond of paper piecing. I find that I tend to over estimate how much fabric is needed and then I end up cutting the extra parts away, which I think is wasteful. Perhaps if I did it more I'd get better at estimating. Also I like to chain piece when piecing, which saves on thread. But you can't chain piece when you are doing paper piecing!

It is a good technique to know how to do, and it is helpful when you want to be precise. I used paper piecing once when I was making a custom piece that had 27 log cabin blocks. Each block was 15 logs across and each log was only 1/4" thick. I don't think I could have done that any way other than with paper piecing!

Not sure what I wanted my subject matter to be, I looked over my Island Batik fabrics then went searching on the web for paper piecing patterns, I ended up buying this Eiffel Tower pattern designed by Jennifer Ofenstein of

I ended up using fabric from the Wind & Sea collection. I used the mostly solid lime green, bright blue, and light purple for the tower and I used a multi-colored piece for the background that had all three of those colors on a navy blue background.

Even though the original design had one color for the tower and one color for the background, I decided to alternate the colors and give it more splash. And I liked the movement in the background, like they could be fireworks going off around the tower.

I also added a small row of blue seed beads near the top and also some lime green and blue seed beads in the middle of the tower for some bling.

I usually like to face my art quilts but there was a binding fabric that I used that was just the right color. As I've done recently when doing a visible binding, I like to couch a piece of yarn in the binding seam. This time I used a lime green yarn.

I've never been to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, perhaps someday.

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Pamela said...

Love it! I like the way you alternated colors on the tower, it looks fabulous!

Unknown said...

Love it! I agree with you that I always overestimate how much fabric I'll need then have a lot of "waste".

KarenAZ said...

This is so cute! The thing I love about PP is that you can make just one detailed block. I always feel wasteful when PP as well.

Connie Kauffman said...

Love the different colors in the tower. Looks very modern.

mumbird3 said...

Very very cute! Hope you get to Paris!!!

Quilts for Sale said...

Wow! What a great quilt! Colours, design, fabrics, - - - everything!
Love it! If I had the time, I'd want to make one right now!

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Stunning! I've been to Paris and seen the Eiffel Tower. You've captured it well.